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Montreal eyes third win in four games; Pittsburgh goes for fourth straight victory

by Wes Crosby / Independent Correspondent

CANADIENS (13-11-6) at PENGUINS (17-9-4)



The Game

The Pittsburgh Penguins will try to win their fourth straight game when they play the Montreal Canadiens at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday.

Pittsburgh, which is 6-2-0 in its past eight games, will also try to extend its home point streak to 11 games. The Penguins are 8-0-2 at home since a 3-0 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights on Oct. 19. It's their longest home point streak since winning 11 straight at home from Jan. 7-Feb. 17, 2018.

It hasn't been announced if Tristan Jarry or Matt Murray will start for the Penguins, who did not hold a morning skate. Jarry is on an NHL career-long shutout streak of 144:51; Murray has allowed at least three goals in each of his past five starts and 21 total in that span.

The Canadiens are 2-1-0 in their past three games following an eight-game winless streak (0-5-3). It's their first game since Friday, when goalie Carey Price made 29 saves in a 2-1 win at the New York Rangers. 


Players to watch

Canadiens forward Phillip Danault has four points (one goal, three assists) during a three-game point streak. He has three assists in eight games against the Penguins.

Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin needs one goal to reach 400 in the NHL. He has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in his past six games.


They said it

"We continue to score goals. We continue to get scoring chances. ... Those things are still there." -- Canadiens coach Claude Julien

"Our players certainly love to play [in Pittsburgh]. I think our fan support is terrific." -- Penguins coach Mike Sullivan


Canadiens projected lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Phillip Danault -- Brendan Gallagher

Artturi Lehkonen -- Max Domi -- Joel Armia

Nick Cousins -- Nick Suzuki -- Jordan Weal

Matthew Peca -- Nate Thompson -- Riley Barber

Brett Kulak -- Shea Weber

Ben Chiarot -- Jeff Petry

Otto Leskinen -- Cale Fleury

Carey Price

Cayden Primeau

Scratched: Mike Reilly, Christian Folin

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


Penguins projected lineup

Jake Guentzel -- Evgeni Malkin -- Bryan Rust

Dominik Kahun -- Jared McCann -- Brandon Tanev

Zach Aston-Reese -- Teddy Blueger -- Dominik Simon

Alex Galchenyuk -- Sam Lafferty -- Stefan Noesen

Kris Letang -- John Marino

Jack Johnson -- Justin Schultz

Marcus Pettersson -- Juuso Riikola

Tristan Jarry

Matt Murray

Scratched: Chad Ruhwedel

Injured: Sidney Crosby (core muscle surgery), Nick Bjugstad (core muscle surgery), Brian Dumoulin (ankle surgery), Patric Hornqvist (lower body)


Status report

Kotkaniemi did not travel to Pittsburgh and will miss a second straight game. ... Ruhwedel could be scratched after missing practice Monday with an illness.


Stat pack

Price is one win from tying Cam Ward (334) for 23rd on the NHL all-time list. His 333 wins are tied with Nikolai Khabibulin and Gump Worsley. ... The Penguins are 6-1-1 in their past eight games against the Canadiens. ... Guentzel has four points (one goal, three assists) in his past two games.

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