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NHL on NBCSN: After an impressive win in Winnipeg, Habs look to keep rolling vs. Wild

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NBCSN will continue its coverage of the 2016-17 campaign tonight when the Minnesota Wild host the Montreal Canadiens at 8:00 p.m. ET. If you want to watch the game online, you can do so here.

The injury bug has hit the Montreal Canadiens pretty hard in the last few weeks. They’ve been without several regulars like Alex Galchenyuk, Andrew Shaw, Andrei Markov, Greg Pateryn, Brendan Gallagher and David Desharnais, but they’ve found a way to stay competitive.

After turning in a poor effort at home against Washington on Monday night, the Canadiens flat out dominated the Jets in Winnipeg last night.

If you missed that game, you’ll want to see this goal-of-the-year candidate by Montreal’s Phillip Danault.

“I only saw the last half of it, but someone on the bench said he looks like Mario Lemieux,” said teammate Artturi Lehkonen, per the Montreal Gazette.

Danault has been a huge surprise for the Canadiens this season. They acquired him and a 2018 second-round draft pick from Chicago for Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischamnn right before last year’s trade deadline and the deal has paid immediate dividends.

He opened the year on Montreal’s fourth line, but because of all the injuries they suffered down the middle, he’s been thrust into a first-line role with Max Pacioretty and Alex Radulov.

Tonight’s tilt against the Wild will be the Canadiens’ ninth road game in their last 10 contests. That’s a pretty grueling schedule, but they’ve managed to win four straight away from home and they have a 7-1-3 record in their last 11 games outside of Montreal.

Even though they’ve been successful on the road of late, tonight’s matchup should favor the Wild. Minnesota hasn’t played a game since Sunday, while this will be Montreal’s third in four nights.

Minnesota is coming off a road trip of their own that saw them go 2-0-1 in San Jose, Los Angeles and Anaheim.

They still haven’t dropped a game in regulation since their 12-game winning streak came to an end against Columbus on Dec. 31.

“I don’t think any one of us was worried how we were going to respond after getting our streak snapped,” forward Zach Parise said, per the Minneapolis StarTribune. “It wasn’t going to go on forever, but I think we understood there still were areas even though we were winning that we could be better at.

“But we weren’t ever worried about a letdown after the Columbus game.”

We should get our second taste of Devan Dubnyk vs. Carey Price. Dubnyk and the Wild beat Price and the Canadiens at the Bell Center, 4-2, back in December.

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