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Montreal looks to end seven-game losing streak; Reimer to start for Florida

by Sean Farrell / NHL.com Correspondent

PANTHERS (3-4-0) at CANADIENS (1-6-1)

7:30 p.m. ET; TSN2, RDS, FS-F, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Montreal Canadiens return from an 0-3-0 California trip, and will try to avoid an eight-game losing streak (0-6-1 in their past seven). Montreal, which will play its third home game, is off to its worst start in 76 years with three points in eight games. The Canadiens had one win, six losses and one tie through eight games in 1941-42 on their way to a 1-10-1 start.

The losing streak is the Canadiens' worst since 1939-40, when they lost nine consecutive games from Dec. 16, 1939, to Jan. 6, 1940.

Florida Panthers goalie James Reimer will make his second straight start with Roberto Luongo out with a right hand injury. Reimer, who replaced Luongo after he was injured Friday, made 41 saves in Florida's 4-1 win at the Washington Capitals on Saturday, which ended the Panthers' three-game losing streak.

 

Players to watch

Florida center Aleksander Barkov has scored in consecutive games and was one of three Panthers, including center Vincent Trocheck and right wing Evgenii Dadonov, with a goal and an assist Saturday.

Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is 1-5-1 with a 3.95 goals-against-average and .881 save percentage. Price allowed six goals in a 6-2 loss at the Anaheim Ducks on Friday and has allowed four or more goals in four of his seven starts.

 

They said it

"You've got to make sure we play a smart road game tonight. We definitely know there's going to be a lot of energy in this building and there's going to be a lot of urgency on their part." -- Panthers coach Bob Boughner

"We put ourselves behind the eight-ball with the start we've had, but we're right there. Just mental collapses in our own end, and it ends up in the back of our net. So I think if we just consistently play a hard 60 minutes every night, the wins will start coming our way." -- Canadiens right wing Andrew Shaw

 

Panthers projected lineup

Jonathan Huberdeau -- Aleksander Barkov -- Evgenii Dadonov

Jamie McGinn -- Vincent Trochek -- Radim Vrbata

Connor Brickley -- Denis Malgin -- Nick Bjugstad

Micheal Haley -- Derek MacKenzie -- Owen Tippett

Keith Yandle -- Aaron Ekblad

Mike Matheson -- Mark Pysyk

MacKenzie Weegar -- Ian McCoshen

James Reimer

Harri Sateri

Scratched: Alex Petrovic, Colton Sceviour

Injured: Roberto Luongo (upper body), Jared McCann (lower body)

 

Canadiens projected lineup

Artturi Lehkonen -- Jonathan Drouin -- Paul Byron

Max Pacioretty -- Phillip Danault -- Andrew Shaw

Charles Hudon -- Tomas Plekanec -- Brendan Gallagher

Alex Galchenyuk -- Michael McCarron -- Nikita Scherbak

Victor Mete -- Shea Weber

Brandon Davidson -- Jeff Petry

Karl Alzner -- Jordie Benn

Carey Price

Al Montoya

Scratched: Jacob De La Rose, Torrey Mitchell, Joe Morrow

Injured: Ales Hemsky (concussion-like symptoms), David Schlemko (hand)

 

Status report

Scherbak and McCarron each will make his season debut after being recalled from Laval of the American Hockey League on Monday. ... Hemsky was placed on injured reserve Monday after he was injured at Anaheim. ... The Panthers claimed goalie Antti Niemi on waivers Tuesday. Niemi, 34, was 0-3-0 with 16 goals allowed, a 7.50 goals-against-average and .797 save percentage in three starts with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

 

Stat pack

Drouin, Gallagher and Byron each has two goals. No other Canadiens have more than one. ... Huberdeau (three goals, four assists), Trocheck (three goals, four assists) and Dadonov (two goals, five assists) are tied for the Panthers lead with seven points. Huberdeau and Trocheck each has points in six of seven games.

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