Game Preview: Canadiens - Penguins

Wednesday, 17.04.2013 / 7:00 AM canadiens.com

KEYS TO VICTORY

The Canadiens will play the first of two games in as many nights on Wednesday, squaring off against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the CONSOL Energy Center.

The Habs will try to snap a two-game losing streak after dropping their last outing by a score of 7-3 to the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday night at the Bell Centre. Max Pacioretty, Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk scored for the Canadiens in the defeat. Despite the loss, Michel Therrien’s squad still leads the Bruins by a single point in the Eastern Conference standings.

The Penguins, meanwhile, are looking for a fifth consecutive victory, and a 14th win in their last 15 games on home ice. Dan Bylsma’s troops capped off a three-game road swing on Saturday with a 3-1 victory over the Florida Panthers.

Pittsburgh will be looking to sweep the three-game regular season series between the two clubs on Wednesday night. The Penguins defeated the Habs 1-0 in their last meeting back on March 26.

GAME NOTES

MONTREAL CANADIENS

- Peter Budaj will get the start in goal for the Canadiens on Wednesday night in Pittsburgh.

- After a night off on Monday against Philadelphia, Brandon Prust will be back in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Penguins.

- Yannick Weber will play in his third game of the season for the Canadiens on Wednesday night. It will be Weber’s first game since March 7.

- Michael Ryder will not take part in Wednesday night's game against the Penguins in Pittsburgh and is currently listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

- The Penguins will be without several important pieces to their lineup on Wednesday night against the Canadiens, including Sidney Crosby, James Neal and Paul Martin, all of whom are sidelined due to injury.

- Sidelined in Pittsburgh’s last outing against the Florida Panthers, Evgeni Malkin could return to the lineup on Wednesday against the Canadiens.

- Brenden Morrow has collected five points in his last three games, including three points during Saturday’s game against the Panthers.

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