Blackhawks host Canadiens in regular-season home finale

Blackhawks host Canadiens in regular-season home finale
April 9, 2014, 8:00 am
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Nina Falcone

The Blackhawks are hosting the Montreal Canadiens tonight in their regular-season home finale. Catch all the action on CSN beginning at 6 with Blackhawks Pregame Live.

A few players missing from Sunday's matchup against St. Louis will return to the Blackhawks' active roster as Brandon Saad (healthy scratch) and Johnny Oduya (lower-body injury) are expected to lace up their skates in their regular-season home finale against the Montreal Canadiens.

Over the weekend, the Blackhawks (45-19-15) managed to grind out another win over the the Blues, marking their third straight victory as they prepare to begin postseason play. Tonight they'll face another quality test as they take on one of the Eastern Conference's top teams.

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The Canadiens (45-27-7) are coming into tonight's game following a 5-3 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. They're the only team from Canada to see the ice come April 16 and have won eight of their last 10 games. 

Like the Blackhawks, they're resting a few guys before the playoffs kick off. Per Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette, the Habs aren't traveling Carey Price, Andrei Markov, Alexei Emelin (all three resting), Brandon Prust, Travis Moen (both injured) or Douglas Murray (suspended).

The Blackhawks faced the Habs back on Jan. 11 in a game that resulted in a 2-1 overtime victory for Montreal.

Active point leaders

Blackhawks: Patrick Sharp (33G, 43A), Duncan Keith (6G, 54A), Marian Hossa (28G, 29A), Brandon Saad (19G, 26A), Brent Seabrook (7G, 34A)

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Canadiens: Max Pacioretty (39G, 21A), P.K. Subban (10G, 43A), David Desharnais (16G, 35A), Tomas Plekanec (20G, 23A), Brendan Gallagher (19G, 22A)

Goaltender matchup

Corey Crawford will get the start in net for the Blackhawks. Peter Budaj is likely to be between the pipes for Montreal, as Price did not make the trip to Chicago.

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