PANTHERS (28-16-5) at CANADIENS (23-22-7)
2 p.m. ET; TSN2, RDS, FS-F, NHL.TV
The Florida Panthers will try to extend their longest winning streak of the season to seven games when they face the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Saturday.
Florida, which is playing its first game since a 4-3 win at the Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 21, has scored at least four goals in each of its six consecutive wins. The Panthers are 13-4-0 in their past 17 games.
Montreal is 5-2-0 in its past seven games since going 0-7-1 during its second eight-game winless streak this season. The Canadiens are coming off a 3-1 win at the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.
Players to watch
Panthers forward Evgenii Dadonov has a four-game goal streak and has six points (five goals, one assist) in a six-game point streak. He has 11 points (nine goals, two assists) in his past 10 games.
Canadiens forward Tomas Tatar has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past five games.
They said it
"Everybody had a good break, and we're ready to continue what we started [the] last couple of weeks and we just want to keep going, win games and make the [Stanley Cup] Playoffs." -- Panthers center Aleksander Barkov
"The coach (Claude Julien), he gave me the opportunity to play the role I always played, and it's easier for me to do than what I did [with the Los Angeles Kings], so that's the difference." -- Canadiens forward Ilya Kovalchuk, who has nine points (five goals, four assists) in 10 games since signing a one-year contract with Montreal on Jan. 3
Panthers projected lineup
Jonathan Huberdeau -- Aleksander Barkov -- Evgenii Dadonov
Brett Connolly -- Vincent Trocheck -- Noel Acciari
Frank Vatrano -- Dominic Toninato -- Mike Hoffman
Jayce Hawryluk -- Brian Boyle -- Colton Sceviour
Mike Matheson -- Aaron Ekblad
Riley Stillman -- Anton Stralman
Keith Yandle -- Josh Brown
Scratched: Mark Pysyk, Denis Malgin
Injured: Chris Driedger (lower body), MacKenzie Weegar (upper body)
Canadiens projected lineup
Tomas Tatar -- Phillip Danault -- Brendan Gallagher
Artturi Lehkonen -- Nick Suzuki -- Joel Armia
Nick Cousins -- Max Domi -- Ilya Kovalchuk
Ryan Poehling -- Nate Thompson -- Dale Weise
Ben Chiarot -- Shea Weber
Brett Kulak -- Jeff Petry
Marco Scandella -- Victor Mete
Scratched: Jordan Weal
Injured: Paul Byron (upper body), Jonathan Drouin (wrist)
The Panthers practiced Thursday and Friday before flying to Montreal. … The Canadiens did not practice Friday. … Montreal assigned forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi and defenseman Cale Fleury to Laval of the American Hockey League.
Huberdeau has 28 points (seven goals, 21 assists) in his past 17 games. … Hoffman has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) during a 10-game point streak. ... Barkov, who needs one point for 400 in the NHL, has nine points (three goals, six assists) during a six-game point streak. … Vatrano, who scored a hat trick against the Blackhawks, has nine points (five goals, four assists) during a five-game point streak. … Danault has six points (one goal, five assists) in his past five games.