MONTREAL — The Montreal Canadiens host the Pittsburgh Penguins after Kirby Dach scored two goals in the Canadiens’ 5-2 win against the Vancouver Canucks.
Montreal has a 7-6-1 record overall and a 4-3-0 record on its home ice. The Canadiens have a -3 scoring differential, with 41 total goals scored and 44 given up.
Pittsburgh has a 5-6-2 record overall and a 3-5-1 record on the road. The Penguins have a 6-2-1 record in games they score at least three goals.
Saturday’s game is the fifth time these teams match up this season. The Canadiens won the previous meeting 3-2 in overtime. Dach scored two goals in the victory.
TOP PERFORMERS: Dach has four goals and eight assists for the Canadiens. Nicholas Suzuki has seven goals and five assists over the last 10 games.
Jake Guentzel has seven goals and five assists for the Penguins. Evgeni Malkin has three goals and seven assists over the last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Canadiens: 5-4-1, averaging 3.3 goals, 4.9 assists, 4.9 penalties and 15.8 penalty minutes while giving up 3.1 goals per game.
Penguins: 3-6-1, averaging three goals, 4.8 assists, 3.3 penalties and 6.9 penalty minutes while giving up 3.5 goals per game.
INJURIES: Canadiens: Carey Price: out (knee), Emil Heineman: out (thumb), Michael Matheson: out (lower body), Paul Byron: out (hip), Evgenii Dadonov: out (undisclosed).
Penguins: Teddy Blueger: out (upper body), Pierre-Olivier Joseph: day to day (lower body), Jan Rutta: day to day (upper body).
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