Canadiens: Three Keys to Victory Against the Penguins

The Canadiens Host the Penguins in a Wednesday Night Affair
Montreal Canadiens v Pittsburgh Penguins
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The Canadiens are hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins for the first time this season on Wednesday night. The Penguins come to town with a nearly identical record to the Canadiens, having lost one less game, sitting at 12-12-3. Obviously, with an aging core of superstars led by Sidney Crosby, the goal is to compete for Stanley Cups, not keep their heads above water.

Starting tonight, they’ll look to right the ship against the Canadiens, who are 12-13-3 and coming off a loss on Sunday to the Predators. The Canadiens should be well rested with their last game coming on Sunday, while the Penguins played on Tuesday night, a 4-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes.

Sam Montembeault will make his 100th career start against the Pens tonight, while we should expect to see Alex Nedeljkovic in goal for the Pens with Jarry playing last night. Montembeault is 6-4-1 with a .912 SV% and a 2.78 GAA this season, while Nedeljkovic has a 2-2-1 record with a .937 SV% and a 2.18 GAA.

The Canadiens will want to follow a certain formula to have success tonight. The Penguins would love to finish off a back-to-back going two for two, so we should expect a solid effort from them tonight. Here are some keys to the game for the Habs to prevent that from happening.