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Saturday, November 29th (All times eastern)

Florida Panthers (9-13-3-0) at Montreal Canadiens (10-11-1-1), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Winners in two of their last three, the Montreal Canadiens begin a brief homestand tonight when they welcome the Florida Panthers to Bell Centre.

Since losing two straight, the Habs have sandwiched victories in Edmonton and Washington around a home loss to Vancouver. On Friday, Sheldon Souray notched two goals and Mathieu Garon made 31 saves to back 5-3 triumph over the Capitals.

Pierre Dagenais added a goal and an assist and Saku Koivu registered two helpers for the Canadiens, while Jan Bulis and Michael Ryder tallied as well.

Koivu's two assists were his fifth and sixth of the season, but he remains without a goal. The Finn has appeared in only 10 games after missing the early portion of the season due to a knee injury.

Montreal, 5-6-1 on home ice, will invite Tampa Bay to town on Tuesday.

Florida, meanwhile, had a three-game unbeaten streak (2-0-1) halted via Friday's 4-3 loss in Buffalo. The Panthers squandered a 3-0 lead in the match, and lost by virtue of three goals posted by the Sabres in the final period.

Stephen Weiss scored two goals for the Panthers, who fell to 2-4-1 in their last seven games. Juraj Kolnik also tallied and Steve Shields made 29 saves in the setback.

Buffalo trailed 3-1 entering the third period, but dominated the final 20 minutes of play, outshooting Florida, 13-1. The Cats fell to 4-5-1 since general manager Rick Dudley replaced Mike Keenan as head coach.

Florida, 5-7-1 on the road, will open a four-game homestand Wednesday against Ottawa.

The Canadiens went 3-1 against the Panthers last season and are 5-3-2 in the last 10 meetings. Florida, however, has won two if its last three at Bell Centre.

11/29 11:00:37 ET


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