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Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec Attendance: 20,790
Flames put perfect 2020 mark on line in Montreal
Calgary Flames at Montreal Canadiens
- The Canadiens defeated the Flames, 4-3 in overtime, on December 19 for their fourth straight win in the series. This is tied for Calgary's longest active losing streak against any team (Washington), and Montreal hasn't won five straight in this series since a six-game run from November 4, 1978-January 14, 1980.
- The Flames enter this one coming off Saturday's 4-3 win over the Oilers to push their win streak to five games. They are 8-1-1 on the road since November 23, and in the past 10 seasons they've only had one other 10-game road stretch with eight or more wins and that was from January 26-March 11, 2017.
- Each of Calgary's last five wins have come by a single goal, and it is tied with the Islanders and Capitals for the NHL's second-best winning percentage in one-goal games (excluding shootouts) at 11-2-5. The Flames ranked 11th last season in such games at 16-8-3.
- Elias Lindholm had a pair of goals Saturday -- his second two-goal game in his last three played -- as the Flames improved to 6-0-1 in the last seven games in which he scores. The only blemish was when Lindholm had a goal and as assist against the Canadiens last month.
- Montreal, which ended an eight-game skid with Saturday's 2-1 OT win over Ottawa, has scored two or fewer goals in six of seven games since New Year's Eve. As of December 30, the Habs had 13 games scoring two goals or less -- tied with the Bruins and Panthers for the sixth fewest in the NHL.
- Jeff Petry recorded his 21st assist of the season Saturday but again finished with a minus-one rating. In 26 games since November 19, Petry's minus-18 rating is better than only Edmonton's Leon Draisaitl (-22). In his first 20 games of the season, Petry had a plus-eight rating.
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While the Calgary Flames continue to heat up, the Montreal Canadiens look to build on their much-needed first victory of 2020.
The visiting Flames try to remain undefeated in the new year while aiming for a sixth consecutive victory Monday night against the Canadiens.
Calgary ended 2019 mired in a 2-5-1 rut but have certainly welcomed 2020 in style while going 5-0-0. Elias Lindholm had two goals and Johnny Gaudreau recorded one with an assist as the Flames rallied from a goal down to beat rival Edmonton 4-3 on Saturday night.
"That was a huge win for us and now we have to keep building here," said Lindholm, who has recorded four of his team-leading 20 goals over his last three games.
"If you can help the team win, scoring goals, or any way else, it's always fun to be part of. As long as we're winning."
Calgary, which has gone from outside of playoff position in the Western Conference to in the mix for the Pacific Division lead, has won each of its 2020 games by one goal. Gaudreau has three goals and five assists over the last six games.
Netminder Cam Talbot, meanwhile, has a 2.01 goals-against average and .940 save percentage while going 4-0-0 in 2020. He also seems to be the preferred choice in the Flames' net over David Rittich, who has a 4.96 goals-against average while losing two of his last three starts.
Calgary, which won seven in a row from Nov. 27-Dec. 12, will now try to avoid a fifth consecutive defeat to Montreal. Lindholm had a goal with an assist and Gaudreau added a pair of assists while Rittich made 39 saves, but the Flames blew a 2-0 first-period lead and a late one-goal advantage during a 4-3 overtime home loss to the Canadiens on Dec. 19.
Montreal had one win since that contest before snapping an 0-7-1 slide with Saturday's 2-1 overtime victory at Ottawa. Carey Price made 41 saves and Ilya Kovalchuk scored his first goal in four games since signing with the Canadiens.
"Finally, we got a win, so it's good," said the 36-year-old Kovalchuk, who has four points with the Canadiens. "It's going to build some momentum and some confidence for sure."
That remains to be seen for Montreal, which last won consecutive games on Dec. 17 and 19. The Canadiens also need to end an 0-4-1 skid at home, where they are 0-for-12 on the power play during that stretch. They have won just twice over their last 14 home contests (2-8-4).
Calgary, meanwhile, has won three straight away from home amid an 8-1-1 road stretch.
Price, who ended his own 0-5-1 slide on Saturday, is mired in an 0-4-1 skid at home and allowed three goals in each of his last three starts there. However, he's posted a 2.14 goals-against average during a 5-0-1 stretch versus Calgary.
Teammate Max Domi (12 goals, 21 assists) scored the overtime winner against the Flames last month to kick off a six-game goal streak. However, he's failed to score in six games since that run.
Calgary star Sean Monahan is one point from 400 for his career. He's failed to record any in his last three games against Montreal.
--Field Level Media
Updated January 12, 2020