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Montreal seeks fourth victory in five games; Chicago going for third straight win

by Charlie Roumeliotis / Correspondent

CANADIENS (5-8-1) at BLACKHAWKS (7-5-2)



The Game

The Chicago Blackhawks will look to win their third straight game for the first time this season when they play the Montreal Canadiens at United Center on Sunday.

Coming off consecutive shutouts for the first time since Oct. 24 and 26, 2015, Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford could start in the second of a back-to-back against his hometown team. He's 4-2-0 with a 1.33 goals-against average and .959 save percentage in six home starts this season, and 8-0-2 with a 1.49 GAA and .954 save percentage in 10 starts against the Canadiens.

The Canadiens will start Charlie Lindgren after Al Montoya, a Chicago native, made 19 saves in a 5-4 overtime win at the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday.

Montreal is seeking its fourth win in five games. 


Players to watch

Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher (three goals, three assists) is on a four-game point streak. His 11 points (six goals, five assists) are tied with defenseman Shea Weber (three goals, eight assists) for the team lead.

Blackhawks forward Artem Anisimov has scored a goal in four straight games.


They said it

"From past experience just this year, too many times we maybe felt sorry for ourselves, felt like there was nothing we could do. But the energy on the bench, the things guys were saying, the support guys were able to give each other and how we were rolling the lines and keep them in their zone. There were some shifts where I thought we tired out their top guys, and that goes a long way and gives you a chance to come back in the game." -- Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty after Montreal rallied from down 4-2 in the third period to defeat the Jets

"He just finds the puck and battles like crazy on every shot and the second shot as well. He's been great. It's been fun watching him." -- Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville on Crawford


Canadiens projected lineup

Alex Galchenyuk -- Jonathan Drouin -- Artturi Lehkonen

Max Pacioretty -- Phillip Danault -- Andrew Shaw

Paul Byron -- Tomas Plekanec -- Brendan Gallagher

Jacob De La Rose -- Michael McCarron -- Torrey Mitchell

Victor Mete -- Shea Weber

Karl Alzner -- Jeff Petry

Brandon Davidson -- Jordie Benn

Charlie Lindgren

Al Montoya

Scratched:  Joe Morrow

Injured: David Schlemko (hand), Ales Hemsky (upper body), Nikita Scherbak (knee), Carey Price (lower body), Charles Hudon (upper body)


Blackhawks projected lineup

Alex DeBrincat -- Jonathan Toews -- Richard Panik

Brandon Saad -- Nick Schmaltz -- Patrick Kane

Patrick Sharp -- Artem Anisimov -- John Hayden

Lance Bouma -- Tommy Wingels -- Ryan Hartman

Duncan Keith -- Cody Franson

Jan Rutta -- Brent Seabrook

Michal Kempny -- Connor Murphy

Corey Crawford

Anton Forsberg

Scratched: Tanner Kero, Jordan Oesterle

Injured: Michal Rozsival (upper body), Gustav Forsling (upper body)


Status report

Canadiens coach Claude Julien said Price traveled to Chicago but is day to day. Hudon was a late scratch. ... Forsling could return to the lineup after missing the past two games.


Stat pack

Shaw has three goals in his past two games after he had none in his first 12 to start the season. ... The Blackhawks' power play has a goal in back-to-back games after going three straight without one.

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