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Montreal seeks fifth win in six games; Rittich in goal for Calgary

by Aaron Vickers / Independent Correspondent

CANADIENS (16-12-6) at FLAMES (18-14-4)

9 p.m. ET; SNW, TSN2, RDS, NHL.TV


The Game

The Montreal Canadiens will try for their fifth win in six games when they play the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Thursday.

Montreal is 4-1-0 in its past five after one win in its previous 10 (1-6-3).

Goalie Carey Price will start for the Canadiens. He's 4-1-0 with a 1.41 goals-against average and .952 save percentage in his past five starts.

David Rittich will start for the Flames, who have lost two in a row after a season-long seven-game winning streak. Rittich, who is second in the NHL in shots against (856) and third in saves (782), is 15-8-4 with a 2.73 GAA and .914 save percentage.


Players to watch

Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber has five points (two goals, three assists) in a four-game point streak.

Flames forward Sean Monahan has 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his past 10 games and leads Calgary with 28 points (10 goals, 18 assists).


They said it

"Even before we started getting results, we had some idea that we were starting to play the right way again, we were able to build a little bit of confidence. But you really don't start to buy in until you win some hockey games. We were able to win, something to build on there, and then since then what we just went through, we don't want to fall back in that trap." -- Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher

"We've got to treat this as a must-win. We don't want to obviously lose three in a row. That's not us. Tonight's one where everyone has to step up and play a role." -- Flames forward Sean Monahan


Canadiens projected lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Phillip Danault -- Brendan Gallagher

Artturi Lehkonen -- Max Domi -- Joel Armia

Nick Cousins -- Nick Suzuki -- Jordan Weal

Ryan Poehling -- Nate Thompson -- Riley Barber

Ben Chiarot -- Shea Weber

Brett Kulak -- Jeff Petry

Mike Reilly -- Cale Fleury

Carey Price

Charlie Lindgren

Scratched: Christian Folin, Lukas Vejdemo

Injured: Jonathan Drouin (wrist), Paul Byron (knee), Victor Mete (ankle), Matthew Peca (leg), Jesperi Kotkaniemi (concussion)


Flames projected lineup

Matthew Tkachuk -- Elias Lindholm -- Andrew Mangiapane

Dillon Dube -- Sean Monahan -- Mikael Backlund

Milan Lucic -- Derek Ryan -- Johnny Gaudreau

Sam Bennett -- Tobias Rieder -- Michael Frolik

Mark Giordano -- TJ Brodie

Noah Hanifin -- Travis Hamonic

Oliver Kylington -- Rasmus Andersson

David Rittich

Cam Talbot

Scratched: Zac Rinaldo, Mark Jankowski, Michael Stone

Injured: None


Status report

Each team held an optional morning skate. …The Flames assigned forward Austin Czarnik to Stockton of the American Hockey League and recalled Rinaldo on Thursday.


Stat pack

Price needs one shutout to tie Ken Dryden (46) for third in Canadiens history. …Tatar has six points (four goals, two assists) in a five-game point streak and has scored a goal in four consecutive games. … Gaudreau has scored five goals in his past seven games after a 10-game drought. ... Hanifin is two assists from 200 in the NHL.

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