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PANTHERS (17-19-8) at CANADIENS (25-17-5)

7:30 p.m. ET; TSN2, RDS, FS-F, NHL.TV


The Game

The Florida Panthers will try to avoid a seventh consecutive loss when they face the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Tuesday.

Florida is 0-4-2 and has allowed at least four goals in five of the six losses during its longest skid of the season.

The six-game losing streak is the Panthers’ longest since they lost nine straight (0-5-4) from Oct. 22-Nov. 10, 2013. They have not won since defeating the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 in a shootout on Dec. 31.

Montreal will look for its third straight win in the second of back-to-back games following a 3-2 overtime win at the Boston Bruins on Monday.

The Canadiens, who have won three of four, have allowed two goals or fewer in six of their past eight games.


Players to watch

Panthers center Aleksander Barkov has 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in his past 14 games.

Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry scored his second overtime goal in eight games Monday and has four points (two goals, two assists) in four games.


They said it

“We’re not playing in the offensive zone as much as we need to. That has to be our focus tonight, playing well defensively and getting zone time.” — Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau

“The biggest thing for me is I think we’ve minimized the glaring mistakes, you know, the turnovers and the sloppy decisions, which crept in our game every once in a while. And those decision-making things ended up costing us at times. So, we’re a lot better. I think we’re a little bit more conscientious of making strong decisions and strong plays.” — Canadiens coach Claude Julien


Panthers projected lineup

Frank Vatrano — Aleksander Barkov — Evgenii Dadonov

Jonathan Huberdeau — Henrik BorgstromNick Bjugstad

Mike HoffmanJared McCannDenis Malgin

Jayce HawrylukJuho LammikkoColton Sceviour

Keith YandleAaron Ekblad

Mike MathesonMark Pysyk

Ian McCoshen — MacKenzie Weegar

Roberto Luongo

James Reimer

Scratched: Micheal Haley, Troy Brouwer, Bogdan Kiselevich

Injured: Derek MacKenzie (upper body), Vincent Trocheck (ankle)


Canadiens Projected Lineup

Jonathan DrouinPhillip DanaultBrendan Gallagher

Artturi LehkonenMax DomiJoel Armia

Tomas TatarJesperi KotkaniemiPaul Byron

Kenny AgostinoMichael ChaputNicolas Deslauriers

Victor MeteShea Weber

Mike Reilly — Jeff Petry

Brett KulakJordie Benn

Antti Niemi

Carey Price

Scratched: Charles Hudon, Matthew Peca, Karl Alzner

Injured: Andrew Shaw (neck)


Status report

Vatrano will remain on the Panthers’ top line after moving there in the third period of the 5-1 loss at the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday. Florida coach Bob Boughner said he wants to spread out the skill players for better even-strength results. … The Canadiens did not hold a morning skate. Montreal coach Claude Julien has not named his starting goaltender.


Stat pack

Hoffman has nine points (six goals, three assists) in his past 11 games. … Danault has four assists in the past four games, and three in the past two. … Benn needs one point for his 100th in the NHL.

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