VGK@MTL: What you need to know

MONTREAL – The Canadiens will look to get back to winning ways on Saturday when they take on the Golden Knights at the Bell Centre.

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Here’s what you need to know ahead of the game The Canadiens return to Montreal after a 9-day trip that included four games. The last game of this series took place in Winnipeg on Thursday night and ended in a 3-2 overtime loss. Twice during this duel, the Canadians managed to take the lead thanks to goals from Nick Suzuki and of Kirby Dash. The outcome of the game was determined in overtime, and it was finally Winnipeg who had the last word after 1 min 45 s elapsed in overtime. Suzuki has collected points in its last three games, collecting three goals and three assists in total. With the point of overtime, Martin St-Louis’ squad returns home with five of the eight points within reach.

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2. Joel Edmundson also played in his first game of the 2022-2023 season against the Jets in Winnipeg. The assistant captain missed the start of the campaign with a lower back injury, but was the second most used defender by head coach Martin St-Louis when he returned with a time of ice of 21 min 7 s. Early Thursday afternoon, the Canadians also placed the striker Evgenii Dadonov on the injured list.

3. The Canadiens took advantage of the day off Friday and did not practice at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard. The morning training scheduled for Saturday will allow to know possible changes made by Martin St-Louis to the formation which will face the Golden Knights. Nevertheless, it will be a memorable evening for two Canadians, since Josh Anderson and Joel Armia both are set to play their 400th career NHL game.

4. Saturday night’s game at the Bell Center will be the third stop of a five-game trip to the northeast for the Golden Knights. The latter visited the Capitals and Senators on Tuesday and Thursday respectively and will then head to Toronto and Buffalo before returning to sunny Nevada. The Knights currently sit atop the Pacific Division with a 10-2-0 record. The team has not been defeated since losing to the Avalanche on October 22 and is currently on a six-game winning streak. Jack Eichel, Chandler Stephenson and Mark Stone are the team’s leading scorers, having tallied 10 or more points each in 12 games played. The Canadiens will be in the Fortress on March 5 for the second and final duel of the regular season between the two teams.

5. The puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET at the Bell Centre. Join us for the second event in the Molson Export Concert Series featuring Qualité Motel as a free pre-game show at Place des Canadiens! The match will be broadcast on TVAS and CITY television, or on 98.5 fm and TSN 690 radio.

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