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GDT - Game 60 Canadiens @ Pittsburgh - 2/14/20 - 7:00EST


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MTL@PIT: Five things you need to know
The Canadiens are looking for a split as they close out their two-game road trip with a stop in Steel City on Friday
by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL/ canadiens.com
7:00 AM

PITTSBURGH - Here are five things you need to know ahead of Friday night's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at PPG Paints Arena.
1. The Canadiens are coming off a 4-1 loss to the Bruins in Boston on Wednesday. Montreal's lone goal was originally credited to Marco Scandella, but was later given to Nick Suzuki, with Scandella earning an assist on the play. Carey Price made 34 saves in the loss.

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2. Suzuki is continuing an impressive run which has cemented his place as one of the League's top rookies of 2019-20. The London, ON native has three points in his last four games, and nine points (3G, 6A) in his last nine. Suzuki is fourth in the rookie scoring race with 36 points, and his 24 assists are also third-most (tied) among first-year players. Last weekend, the 20-year-old became the first Canadiens rookie to reach the 35-point mark since Chris Higgins in 2005-06.

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3. The Habs had a scheduled day off on Thursday and did not practice. We'll have to wait until Friday's morning skate to find out if injured forward Paul Byron will make his return against the Penguins. Byron has been out since getting hurt on November 15 in Washington, and underwent knee surgery four days later. The 30-year-old traveled with the team to Boston and Pittsburgh, and head coach Claude Julien said there was a chance he could play with the team on the trip. The Penguins game is the first in a back-to-back set for Montreal, however, and it remains possible Byron will play on Saturday against Dallas if he doesn't suit up against Pittsburgh.

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4. Meanwhile, the Penguins are coming off a 2-1 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning at home on Tuesday. They are 2-1-1 so far in the month of February, and have picked up 22 points so far in 2020 off a 10-4-2 record in the calendar year. Pittsburgh is still without the services of Jake Guentzel, who was leading the team in scoring when he injured his shoulder on December 30. Evgeni Malkin is currently Pittsburgh's top scorer with 58 points (18G, 40A). This is the third and final meeting of the season between the two teams, and it's for all the marbles after the Habs and Pens split their first two contests. Montreal beat Pittsburgh 4-1 at PPG Paints Arena back on December 10, with the Penguins returning the favor with a 3-2 win over the Habs at the Bell Centre on January 4. Artturi Lehkonen leads the way for Montreal with three points (1G, 2A) in those two games.
5. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. You can catch all the action on TSN2 and RDS on television, and on TSN 690 and 98,5 fm on the radio.
The Canadiens return home immediately following the game, and they face the Dallas Stars on Saturday at the Bell Centre. For tickets to that game, click here.


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I’m completely numb to this team...I seem to get this feeling once evry two years under the Bergevin reign