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Habs prep for big tilt against Pittsburgh

The Montreal Canadiens take on the Penguins tomorrow night, coming off a disappointing 5-3 loss to Toronto, and they'll have a little help. Nathan Beaulieu is back in the lineup, as is Louis Leblanc, freshly called up from the Hamilton Bulldogs. Michel Therrien has noted the Canadiens have to follow their gameplan better, which is Therrien-speak for not giving up the first goal and playing patiently. Rene Bourque also looks to be back in the lineup, fresh off a healthy scratch against Toronto, his first since being acquired by the Habs two seasons ago for Mike Cammalleri.

Carey Price will be in net, as the Canadiens look to bridge the 11 point gap between them and first place Pittsburgh. The space to eighth has shrunk of late, as the Canadiens are only 5 points up on being out of a playoff spot. The Habs are clearly missing Alex Galchenyuk, who brings a lot of offensive creativity, and while it seems unlikely - he was skating on the fourth line today - perhpas Leblanc can help fill some of that void.

Puck drop at 7:30. Should be a nice end to a cold Wednesday for much of North America. Enjoy. 

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