Pittsburgh Penguins Vs. Montreal Canadiens GameDay, TV/Radio, And Preview


In a bid to make it three in a row, the Pittsburgh Penguins (12-3-1, 25 points) take on the Atlantic Division leading Canadiens tonight at the Bell Centre in Montreal.

After claiming a 3-2 shootout victory over the New York Rangers on Saturday, the Pens come into this evening’s contest maintaining their lead in first place in the Metropolitan Division, and winners of nine of their last 10 games.

Michel Therrien’s squad (14-4-1, 29 points) is rolling along on their own six-game winning streak. The Canadiens last victory was on Sunday when they defeated the Red Wings 4-1 in Detroit. They have have outscored their opponents 23-7 during the streak.

Tonight is the first of three meetings between Montreal and Pittsburgh this season. The Canadiens are 8-2-0 at home this season while the Pens are 6-1-1 on the road.

When: Tuesday, Nov. 18

Puck Drop: 7:35 p.m.

Site: Bell Centre

Television: ROOT Sports Network

Announcers: Paul Steigerwald and Bob Errey

Radio Coverage: 105.9 FM – The X and the Penguins Radio Network

Announcers: Mike Lange and Phil Bourque

Live Video Steam: NHL GameCenter LIVE (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=67162)

Audio Stream: Penguins Radio 24/7 (http://penguins.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=67173)

Sirius XM Satellite Radio: Sirius Internet 942

Odds: Penguins -1.5 According to Bovada Online Sportsbook with the Over/Under at 5.5.

Last season, Montreal took two out of three against the Black and Gold with both teams combining for 21 goals on 176 shots over the course of the three contests. Pittsburgh won the battle of the special teams as they went 5 of 13 on the power play while the Canadiens went 2 for 11 with the man advantage.

This season, the Canadiens are ranked ninth in the National Hockey League on the penalty kill with a 84.6 percent success rate. However, their power play is currently ranked 27th with a success rate of 13 percent. Thus the trade for former Penguin Sergei Gonchar to help improve their power play.

One of the success stories in Montreal is goaltender Carey Price, who has put up an 11-3-1 record, a 2.49 goals-against-average, a .919 save percentage, and one shutout in 15 contests. The 6-foot-3, 216-pound netminder has 454 saves in 892 minutes of action.

Pascal Dupuis did not practice on Monday, and met with team doctors. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound forward will miss tonight’s contest with an unspecified injury. Blake Comeau has been moved up into the right wing slot on the line with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz. Zach Sill will take Dupuis’ spot on the roster and skate on the fourth line with Marcel Goc and Craig Adams.

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According to the Tribune Review, the Pens will get a boost on the blue line as Olli Maatta will be back in action, and paired with Christian Ehrhoff. It will be the 6-foot-2, 216-pound defenseman’s first game since having a cancerous tumor on his thyroid removed two weeks ago.

Up Next: The Black and Gold are back at CONSOL Energy Center on Friday, Nov. 21 to take on Metropolitan Division rivals, the New York Islanders (11-6-0, 22 points). The puck is set to drop at 7 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ROOT Sports Pittsburgh.

From The Clipboard: Evgeni Malkin has three goals and seven assists for 10 points in his last six games against Montreal…Marc-Andre Fleury has 47 career shootout victories which is good for third most on the all-time list…Marcel Goc owns the team’s best faceoff percentage at 57.4.