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Monday, October 20th (All times eastern)

Florida Panthers (2-2-0) at Montreal Canadiens (4-0-1), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The red-hot Montreal Canadiens will take aim at a fifth consecutive victory this evening, when they welcome the Florida Panthers to the Bell Centre.

Montreal was handed a shootout loss in Buffalo to open the 2008-09 campaign, but have since responded with four straight wins. Tonight, the Canadiens have a chance to record their first five-game winning streak since March 17-27, 2007.

The Habs notched their most recent triumph Saturday against the visiting Phoenix Coyotes. Alex Tanguay scored twice and Saku Koivu added a goal and two assists to lead Montreal to the 4-1 decision. The Canadiens are 7-0 with three ties in the last 10 meetings between the clubs. Phoenix hasn't won in Montreal since October 28, 1996.

Carey Price denied all but one of the 29 shots he faced between the pipes and the 21-year-old is off to a great start to the season as he's 3-0-1 with a .939 save percentage and 1.92 goals against average.

Montreal, which is playing the third test in a five-game homestand tonight, is 2-0-0 so far as the host club this season.

Meanwhile, the 2-2-0 Panthers will try to win back-to-back games for the first time this year. Florida has won two of its last three tests and is coming off a shutout win over the visiting New York Islanders.

Tomas Vokoun stopped all 31 shots faced for his 26th career shutout as the Panthers defeated the Islanders, 2-0, at BankAtlantic Center.

Entering the contest, Vokoun had struggled in the early going this season, allowing 11 goals in the first three games. On Saturday, he was able to improve to 8-2-0 in 10 career starts against the Islanders.

Nick Boynton and Cory Stillman each scored for the Panthers.

Florida begins a brief two-game road trip tonight and is playing three of its next four games away from Sunrise. The Panthers were dealt a regulation loss in their lone away game of the year, dropping their season-opening test at Carolina.

Montreal has won the last two meetings with the Panthers, but Florida has taken five of eight and six of 10 overall. The Panthers have also come out on top in three straight road tests in the series.

10/20 10:49:30 ET


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