MARCH 26, 2013 - 7:00 PM
Canadiens vs. Penguins
  • 20-6-5
  • 98
  • 77
  • 21.2%
  • 80.0%
  • PACIORETTY & RYDER (25 PTS)
  • 7-2-1
  • RECORD
  • GF
  • GA
  • %PP
  • %PK
  • TOP GUNS
  • LAST 10 GAMES
  • 25-8-0
  • 116
  • 84
  • 24.2%
  • 79.3%
  • s. crosby (53 pts)
  • 10-0-0
P.K. Subban leads all NHL defensemen with nine goals on the year for the Canadiens.
KEYS TO VICTORY
The Canadiens begin a two-game road trip on Tuesday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins at CONSOL Energy Center.

The Habs are coming off a 2-1 loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night at the Bell Centre. Michael Ryder scored the lone goal for the Canadiens, who suffered their first regulation loss in eight games and just their second since Feb. 9, a span of 20 games.

The Penguins, meanwhile, haven’t lost in the month of March, winning 12 straight games – a streak that began on Mar. 2 with a 7-6 overtime victory over the Canadiens in Montreal. Pittsburgh bested the rival Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 in overtime in their latest outing on Sunday.

Tuesday night’s matchup will be the second of three meetings between the two clubs during the regular season. The Habs and Penguins will square off again on Apr. 17 in Pittsburgh.

Sidney Crosby leads the league with 39 assists and 53 points on the season for the Penguins. 
  • Michel Therrien will be coaching his first game at the CONSOL Energy Center. Therrien coached the Penguins from 2006-2009, leading them to a Stanley Cup Finals appearance in 2008.
  • Jeff Halpern will play in his first game for the Canadiens since being claimed off waivers on Saturday from the New York Rangers. He will be paired alongside Gabriel Dumont and Travis Moen.
  • Carey Price will get the start in goal for the Habs.
  • Brandon Prust indicated on Monday that he is progressing in his recovery from a minor shoulder separation, but he did not accompany the team on their current road trip.
  • Newly acquired forward Brenden Morrow will make his debut with the Penguins. 
  • Marc-André Fleury will start in goal for Pittsburgh.
  • Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin are game-time decisions for the Penguins.
  • Sidney Crosby has six points in his past four games, while Pascal Dupuis has three points in his last two.
"Playing Pittsburgh on the hot streak that they're on...I think it's a good measuring stick for this team and for myself personally. Sometimes, it's good to just jump into the fire like that."
- JEFF HALPERN
75
Number of regular-season home victories Therrien registered behind the bench of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 136 games at then-Mellon Arena.