- M. Pacioretty (21 PTS)
- TOP GUNS
- LAST 10 GAMES
- Huberdeau & Fleischmann (17 pts)
About to contest their second game in under 24 hours, the Habs overcame a two-goal deficit in the third period to best the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-3 on Saturday night. Tomas Plekanec, Brian Gionta, Alexei Emelin and Brendan Gallagher scored for the Canadiens, who picked up their third win in their last four games.
The Panthers last hit the ice on Friday night, dropping a 3-2 overtime decision to the Winnipeg Jets in Sunrise. Kevin Dineen’s squad has picked up only one win in their last six games.
Sunday night’s matchup will be the last between the Canadiens and the Panthers during the 2012-13 regular season campaign. The Habs defeated the Panthers twice this season, most recently picking up a 1-0 win on February 14 in Florida.
Jonathan Huberdeau sits second in points (17) and is the top goal-scorer (12) amongst all NHL rookies.
- Head coach Michel Therrien confirmed that Brandon Prust suffered a minor shoulder separation in Saturday night's win over the Lightning. He is expected to be sidelined for 10 days.
- Therrien also confirmed that Ryan White will be back in the lineup on Sunday night against the Panthers.
- Peter Budaj will get the start in goal for the Canadiens.
- Brian Gionta has picked up five points, including four goals, in his last five games.
- Stephen Weiss will not participate in Sunday’s contest after suffering a season-ending wrist injury last week.
- The Panthers will also be without several additional key players due to injury, including Jose Theodore, Scottie Upshall, Dmitry Kulikov and Ed Jovanovski.
- Shawn Matthias has registered three goals and five points in his last five games.