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Wild Warmup: Minnesota vs. Montreal

Wild aims to continue recent mastery of Canadiens on Thursday

by Dan Myers @1DanMyers / Wild.com
The essentials

Who: Montreal Canadiens (4-7-1) at Minnesota Wild (4-4-2) 

Puck drop: 7:08 p.m. CT

Watch: FOX Sports North, FOX Sports GO

Listen: KFAN FM 100.3, Wild Radio NetworkWild NHL App

Follow: @mnwild; GameCenter


The opponent

The Montreal Canadiens begin a three-game road trip against Central Division foes on Thursday at Xcel Energy Center. 

After starting the season 1-6-1, the Canadiens have won three of their past four, including an 8-3 win against the Ottawa Senators on Monday. Montreal scored four goals in the first period en route to tallying eight goals in a road game for the first time since doing it in St. Paul on March 20, 2011.

Like the team, captain Max Pacioretty got off to a slow start this season, scoring just one goal in the team's first eight games after notching at least 30 in each of the past five full seasons. As the team has played better of late, so has Pacioretty, who has three goals in his past four outings.

Carey Price is expected to get the start in goal. Price has a 3-6-1 record in 10 starts, posting a 3.64 goals against and a .883 save percentage.


Connections

• Canadiens forward Torrey Mitchell netted 17 points (5-12=17) in 103 games for Minnesota (2012-14).


Canadien club

The Wild has won five straight games against Montreal since Dec. 3, 2014, outscoring the Canadiens, 19-6, in the win streak. Minnesota has also won the last four meetings at Xcel Energy Center since Nov. 1, 2013, outscoring Montreal 15-6. Both win streaks are the longest against the Canadiens in Wild franchise history.

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