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1:00 PM RDS, NHLN-US, SN, TSN, CSN-DC, Radio 690.

EARLY GAME PEEPS

THE WASHINGTON CAPITALS ROLL INTO TOWN

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TO TAKE ON OUR

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Price leads the way: The Canadiens have a four-game winning streak thanks to goalie Carey Price, who has allowed only seven goals during that span and is coming off a 1-0 shutout win in New York Thursday night against the Rangers. Price ranks fourth in the NHL with a 2.09 goals-against average and third with a .931 save percentage. As a team, the Canadiens are the NHL’s stingiest, allowing only 2.28 goals per game. Coach Michel Therrien confirmed after Friday’s practice that Price will start against the Capitals.

Sputtering offence: Therrien, who kept his forward lines intact at Friday’s practice, takes delight in 1-0 wins, but Montreal could use a little more offence. Max Pacioretty’s team-leading 22nd goal was the only one in New York. The Canadiens rank 22nd in the league in goals per game (2.60) and power-play efficiency (16.8 per cent).

Ovie on top: Alexander Ovechkin scored twice in the Capitals’ 4-0 win over Pittsburgh Wednesday night and he’s the leading goal-scorer in the NHL with 29. He also leads the league with 13 power-play goals, which is the main reason the Capitals have the third-best power play in the NHL with a 24.1 per cent success rate. That will present a challenge for the Canadiens’ penalty-killing unit, which ranks fifth with an 84.9 per cent success rate. One of the beneficiaries of Ovechkin’s success has been Nicklas Backstrom, who leads the Capitals with 50 points, including 35 assists.

While Price continues to be one of the top goaltenders in the NHL, Washington’s Braden Holtby is quietly having a career season. Holtby ranks seventh in both goals-against average (2.26) and save percentage (. 922). He’s also No. 2 in the league with five shutouts.

Here’s how the lines and defence pairings looked at Friday’s practice:

Weise-Plekanec-Pacioretty
Galchenyuk-Desharnais-Gallagher
Sekac-Eller-Prust
Bournival-Malhotra-Thomas
Dumont

Markov-Subban
Beaulieu-Gonchar
Emelin-Gilbert
Weaver

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