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Preview: Panthers at Canadiens

Montreal goalie Carey Price looks to tie another record; forward Seth Griffith debuts for Florida

by Sean Farrell / Correspondent

PANTHERS (7-7-1) at CANADIENS (13-2-1)

(7:30 p.m. ET; SNE, RDS, FS-F, NHL.TV)

Panthers team scope

Forward Seth Griffith will make his Florida Panthers debut. Griffith, who was claimed from the Toronto Maple Leafs on waivers on Saturday is with his third team this season. He had no points in three games with Toronto, which claimed him from the Boston Bruins on Oct. 11. "It looked like a good situation when I got there, but I think [Toronto] had their guys picked right from camp," Griffith said. "I'm just lucky Florida has given me this opportunity, and I just want to go out there and show them they made the right decision in picking me up." Rookie defenseman Michael Matheson will have about 30-40 family members and friends cheering him on in his first NHL game at Bell Centre. "It's pretty cool," said Matheson, a 22-year-old from the Montreal suburb of Pointe-Claire, Quebec. "The morning skate was the first time I skated here, but I've been in this building a bunch of times watching games. This is the building where I fell in love with the game, where the dream started to be able to play in the NHL one day."

Canadiens team scope

Carey Price has an opportunity to match George Hainsworth's 89-year-old record for the longest single-season winning streak by a Montreal Canadiens goalie. Price is the first NHL goalie to win his first 10 starts of a season and can tie Hainsworth's record of 11 straight wins set from Feb. 24 to March 24, 1927. Price's two-season streak of 13 consecutive wins is the longest winning streak ever by a Canadiens goalie. "He makes the game look so easy, and it's really not," forward Brendan Gallagher said after the morning skate in Brossard, Quebec. "He puts a lot of hard work into it and dedicates himself to the game, and I think it shows what he's been able to do the last few years." The Canadiens are the third team in League history to win their first 10 home games. The 1963-64 Chicago Blackhawks won their first 11 games at Chicago Stadium and Montreal has an opportunity to that record.

Panthers projected lineup

Jonathan Marchessault -- Aleksander Barkov -- Jaromir Jagr

Jussi Jokinen -- Vincent Trocheck -- Reilly Smith

Seth Griffith -- Denis Malgin -- Colton Sceviour

Greg McKegg -- Derek MacKenzie -- Kyle Rau

Keith Yandle -- Jason Demers

Mark Pysyk -- Aaron Ekblad

Michael Matheson -- Alex Petrovic

Roberto Luongo

James Reimer

Scratched: Shawn Thornton, Dylan McIlrath

Injured: Nick Bjugstad (hand), Jonathan Huberdeau (Achilles)


Canadiens projected lineup

Paul Byron -- Alex Galchenyuk -- Brendan Gallagher

Max Pacioretty -- Phillip Danault -- Andrew Shaw

Daniel Carr -- Tomas Plekanec -- Chris Terry

Sven Andrighetto -- David Desharnais -- Torrey Mitchell

Alexei Emelin -- Shea Weber

Andrei Markov -- Jeff Petry

Nathan Beaulieu -- Greg Pateryn

Carey Price

Al Montoya

Scratched: Joel Hanley

Injured: Alexander Radulov (illness), Brian Flynn (upper body), Artturi Lehkonen (upper body), Zach Redmond (broken foot)

Status report

Bjugstad made the trip and may return at the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. Coach Gerard Gallant said Monday he would not play in Montreal or at Toronto on Thursday. ... Radulov is sick and will not play. Terry was recalled from St. John's of the American Hockey League on Monday and will make his Canadiens debut, though it is unclear who he will play with. Coach Michel Therrien said that there will be changes to his lines but he will keep Pacioretty, Danault and Shaw together. "I really like what I see from that line," Therrien said. "They're one of our best lines, so when things are going well there's no reason to make a change." Pateryn was a healthy scratch for the past three games.

Who's hot

Barkov has assists in three consecutive games. Marchessault has two goals in three games and leads the Panthers with eight goals and 14 points. Yandle has six assists in his past seven games. Matheson had two assists Saturday. ... Weber has scored power-play goals in consecutive games and three of the past four. He leads the League with six power-play goals.. Galchenyuk has a five-game point streak (three goals, four assists).

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