PENGUINS vs CANADIENS PREVIEW
MONTREAL at PITTSBURGH — 7 p.m. today, Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh
TV — Root
Radio — WQMU-FM 92.5
Records — Penguins 32-10-0 (64 points, first place Atlantic Division), Canadiens 26-11-5 (57 points, first place Northeast Division)
Season series — Pittsburgh leads, 2-0
Last meeting — Pittsburgh won, 1-0, on Sidney Crosby’s second-period goal at home on March 26. Goaltenders Marc-Andre Fleury (25 saves) and Tomas Vokoun (12) combined on the shutout, as Fleury was knocked out of the game with an injury. Carey Price stopped 24 of 25 shots for the Canadiens. The victory was the Penguins’ 13th in a row in a streak that would reach 15. That streak started with the Pens’ 7-6 overtime win in Montreal on March 2.
Notes — The top two teams in the Eastern Conference, who have both clinched division titles, meet for the final time in the regular season. Pittsburgh holds a seven-point lead on Montreal for the top spot in the conference. … The Penguins have won four in a row and 19 of their last 21. … Three injured players, forwards Sidney Crosby (jaw) and James Neal (concussion) and defenseman Paul Martin (hand) skated Tuesday morning prior to the team’s practice, though there is no timetable for any of their returns. Center Evgeni Malkin (upper body) is day-to-day. … With a week-and-a-half left in the regular season, Crosby still leads the league in scoring (56 points) and is tied for the lead in assists (41). … Winger Chris Kunitz leads the league in plus-minus (plus-29), and Pascal Dupuis is second (plus-28). Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (21-6-0, .919 save percentage) is tied for the league lead in wins.
About the Canadiens — Since clinching a playoff berth, Montreal has struggled, losing three of its past four. The Canadiens took a 7-3 home loss to Philadelphia on Monday for their second straight four-goal loss. … Defenseman and Pittsburgh nemesis P.K. Subban leads the team with 25 assists and 36 points. Forwards Tomas Plekanec and Brendan Gallagher share the team lead in goals, with 13 each. Carey Price is 19-10-4 with a .908 save percentage. He’s lost his last three starts, posting a 6.59 goals-against average in that span, while Peter Budaj is 7-0-0 with a 1.59 GAA in his last nine appearances, including six starts.
Next — The Penguins visit Boston on Friday.