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CANADIENS (19-13-5) at PANTHERS (15-14-6)

7 p.m. ET; FS-F, TSN2, RDS, NHL.TV


The Game

The Montreal Canadiens will be without goalie Carey Price when they visit the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center on Friday.

Price, who made 23 saves in a 4-3 overtime win at the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday, did not make the trip because of a lower-body injury. He was placed on injured reserve Thursday, retroactive to Saturday.

Goalie Antti Niemi, who has lost three straight (0-2-1), will start against his former team for Montreal, which will try for its third consecutive victory and eighth in 11 games (7-3-0).

The Panthers seek their third win in a row; they are 4-1-0 in their past five games following a four-game losing streak (0-3-1).


Players to watch

Canadiens center Phillip Danault has four points (three goals, one assist) in his past two games, including his first NHL hat trick Saturday.

Panthers center Aleksander Barkov has eight points (four goals, four assists) in his past five games, including three multipoint games.


They said it

“He’s an experienced player. I know his last few games haven’t been his best, but we can also look at all the games before that since he’s been here last year. He’s been really good for us.” — Canadiens coach Claude Julien on goalie Antti Niemi

“We have to make up some ground if we want to put ourselves in the playoff picture. These are the games us as players look forward to playing in” — Panthers forward Mike Hoffman


Canadiens projected lineup

Tomas Tatar — Phillip Danault — Brendan Gallagher

Jonathan DrouinMax DomiPaul Byron

Artturi LehkonenJesperi KotkaniemiAndrew Shaw

Kenny AgostinoMichael ChaputNicolas Deslauriers

Victor Mete — Shea Weber

Mike ReillyJeff Petry

Brett KulakJordie Benn

Antti Niemi

Michael McNiven

Scratched: Karl Alzner, Matthew Peca, Charles Hudon

Injured: Carey Price (lower body), Joel Armia (knee), David Schlemko (upper body)


Panthers projected lineup

Jonathan Huberdeau — Aleksander Barkov — Evgenii Dadonov

Frank Vatrano — Henrik Borgstrom — Mike Hoffman

Troy BrouwerJared McCannDenis Malgin

Micheal HaleyColton Sceviour — Jayce Hawryluk

Keith YandleAaron Ekblad

Mike MathesonMacKenzie Weegar

Bogdan KiselevichMark Pysyk

Roberto Luongo

James Reimer

Scratched: Alexander Petrovic, Juho Lammikko

Injured: Jamie McGinn (back), Derek MacKenzie (shoulder), Vincent Trocheck (ankle), Nick Bjugstad (upper body)


Status report

McNiven was recalled on an emergency basis from Laval of the American Hockey League on Thursday. … Alzner was recalled from Laval after defenseman David Schlemko was placed on injured reserve, retroactive to Dec. 20, on Wednesday. … Armia practiced for a second straight day, though he is unlikely to return to the lineup during the trip. … Bjugstad has been wearing a no-contact jersey at practice.


Stat pack

Huberdeau has six points (one goal, five assists) in his past five games. … Byron has scored consecutive game-winning goals.

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