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Domi seeks five-game goal streak for Montreal; Florida can win for fifth time in six

by Alain Poupart / Independent Correspondent

CANADIENS (18-14-6) at PANTHERS (19-13-5)

7 p.m. ET; SN, FS-F, RDS, NHL.TV


The Game

Max Domi will look to extend his goal streak to five games when the Montreal Canadiens face the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center on Sunday.

Domi, who has four goals and an assist during the streak, has seven points (four goals, three assists) in a five-game point streak.

Montreal, which lost 5-4 to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, is 6-3-0 in its past nine games.

The Panthers will look for their fifth victory in six games after defeating the Detroit Red Wings 5-4 on Saturday.


Players to watch

Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher had two assists in each of his past two games and has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) over his past 11 games.

Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau has three goals and nine assists during his current five-game point streak.


They said it

"What we were doing really well in that last stretch was playing good defense and that kind of slipped away from us (against Tampa Bay)." -- Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry

"It's a big game. Obviously tonight going into the third period we had a one-goal lead. We wanted to try and ride some momentum into tomorrow night and I thought the guys did a good job kind of shutting it down and playing the way we wanted in the third period. Hopefully it can translate to the way we start tomorrow." -- Panthers forward Mike Hoffman after the 5-4 victory against the Red Wings on Saturday


Canadiens projected lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Phillip Danault -- Brendan Gallagher

Artturi Lehkonen -- Max Domi -- Nick Suzuki

Nick Cousins -- Jesperi Kotkaniemi -- Jordan Weal

Ryan Poehling -- Nate Thompson -- Riley Barber

Ben Chiarot -- Shea Weber

Brett Kulak -- Jeff Petry

Victor Mete -- Cale Fleury

Charlie Lindgren

Carey Price

Scratched: Lukas Vejdemo, Christian Folin, Mike Reilly

Injured: Paul Byron (upper body), Joel Armia (hand), Jonathan Drouin (wrist), Matthew Peca (knee)

Panthers projected lineup

Jonathan Huberdeau -- Aleksander Barkov -- Evgenii Dadonov

Brett Connolly -- Vincent Trocheck -- Noel Acciari

Frank Vatrano -- Brian Boyle -- Mike Hoffman

Colton Sceviour -- Dominic Toninato -- Jayce Hawryluk

Keith Yandle -- Mark Pysyk

Riley Stillman -- Anton Stralman

Mike Matheson -- Josh Brown

Sergei Bobrovsky 

Chris Driedger

Scratched: Denis Malgin

Injured:  Aaron Ekblad (upper body), MacKenzie Weegar (upper body)


Status report

Neither team had a morning skate. … Lindgren likely will make his season debut for Montreal unless coach Claude Julien decides to use Price twice in a back-to-back set for the second time in nine instances this season. … Hawryluk has not played since Oct. 30, but could replace Malgin, who played 7:15 against Detroit. … Ekblad and Weegar each is expected to miss his second consecutive game.


Stat pack

The Canadiens and Panthers will play each other for the 100th time in the regular season. Florida is 46-36-11 with six ties. … Bobrovsky has a .943 save percentage in seven starts at BB&T Center since Dec. 7. … Montreal is 5-for-9 on the power play in its past five games. … Florida is 7-for-19 on the power play in its past five games.

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