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Montreal, Philadelphia each try to gain in chase for second wild card in East

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / Deputy Managing Editor

CANADIENS (37-28-7) at FLYERS (35-29-8)



The Game

The Montreal Canadiens and Philadelphia Flyers each will try to tighten the wild-card race in the Eastern Conference when they meet at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday.

The Canadiens, who have lost two straight games and four of their past five (1-4-0), are three points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the East.

The Flyers, 7-3-1 in their past 11 games since a 5-1 loss to the Canadiens at Bell Centre on Feb. 21, are six points behind the Blue Jackets. 

Montreal, Philadelphia and Columbus each has 10 regular-season games remaining.


Players to watch

Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher had his first NHL hat trick against the Flyers on Feb. 21.

Flyers forward James van Riemsdyk has five goals in a three-game goal streak, and 13 points (10 goals, three assists) in his past 11 games.


They said it

"We've got to approach it like it's a Game 7 and go out and have fun. Those games are always fun to be a part of. Should be a playoff feel to it tonight." -- Canadiens forward Andrew Shaw

"We know it's been producing. We had one the other night (against the Washington Capitals) and [the penalty] was just expiring, we had one waived off (against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday). Not like we're too worried about it. We're still winning games. For us, it'll come." -- Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere on Philadelphia going seven games without a power-play goal


Canadiens projected lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Phillip Danault -- Brendan Gallagher

Artturi Lehkonen -- Max Domi -- Andrew Shaw

Jonathan Drouin -- Jesperi Kotkaniemi -- Joel Armia

Paul Byron -- Nate Thompson -- Jordan Weal

Victor Mete -- Shea Weber

Brett Kulak -- Jeff Petry

Jordie Benn -- Christian Folin

Carey Price

Antti Niemi

Scratched: Dale Weise, Charles Hudon, Matthew Peca, Nicolas Deslauriers, Mike Reilly, Charlie Lindgren

Injured: None


Flyers projected lineup

Oskar Lindblom -- Sean Couturier -- Jakub Voracek

James van Riemsdyk -- Nolan Patrick -- Claude Giroux

Michael Raffl -- Scott Laughton -- Travis Konecny

Phil Varone -- Corban Knight -- Ryan Hartman

Ivan Provorov -- Travis Sanheim

Shayne Gostisbehere -- Andrew MacDonald

Robert Hagg -- Radko Gudas

Carter Hart

Brian Elliott

Scratched: Cam Talbot

Injured: Michal Neuvirth (lower body), Samuel Morin (illness), Philippe Myers (illness)


Status report

Price will start for the fifth straight game. ... Myers and Morin each missed the morning skate. Flyers coach Scott Gordon said Myers' availability will be a game-time decision. If he can't play, MacDonald would replace him in the lineup. 


Stat pack

Petry will play his 600th NHL game ... Couturier has 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in his past 11 games.

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