Game preview: Canadiens @ Panthers

Thursday, 14.02.2013 / 10:20 AM

The Canadiens wrap-up a two-game road trip with a match-up against the Florida Panthers on Thursday night at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

The Habs snapped a three-game losing streak on Tuesday night in Tampa Bay with a 4-3 shoot-out win over the Lightning. After the Canadiens let a 3-0 slip away, David Desharnais scored the shoot-out winner as the Habs registered a victory for the first time since February 3rd.

The Panthers, meanwhile, are coming off a 6-5 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals on Tuesday. Florida was unable to maintain a two-goal lead with just over 5 minutes remaining in the third period and was defeated 32 seconds into overtime.

The Canadiens bested the Panthers 4-1 on January 22nd at the Bell Centre in the first of three meetings between the two clubs this season.


- The Habs are likely to go with the same lines that were featured in Tuesday night's win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Forward Ryan White and defensemen Yannick Weber and Tomas Kaberle are expected to be healthy scratches.

- P.K. Subban has scored three goals on the season, all of which have come in his last four games. He is tied for third in goal-scoring amongst defensemen in the NHL.

- Carey Price could make his third consecutive start in goal. He will be looking a league-leading eighth win of the season.


- Rookie Jonathan Huberdeau leads the Panthers with 5 goals on the season. He is second in points with 8.

- Former Hab Alex Kovalev has 4 points (2G, 2A) in 10 games thus far this season for Florida.

- José Théodore, who won the Hart and Vezina trophies with the Habs in 2001-02, will get the start in goal. He's 2-2-1 with a 4.60 GAA in six career regular-season appearances against the Canadiens.

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