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Saturday, October 19th (All times Eastern)

Nashville Predators (3-3-1) at Montreal Canadiens (5-2-0), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The red-hot Montreal Canadiens will shoot for a fifth straight win when they welcome the Nashville Predators for a meeting at the Bell Centre on Saturday.

The Canadiens began the season with a 1-2-0 record before rattling off four consecutive victories. With another victory on Saturday, Montreal would match its longest win streak from last season's lockout-shortened campaign. The Habs had two five-game winning streaks in 2013 before bowing out in the opening round of the playoffs to Ottawa.

However, Montreal will try to continue its winning ways without the services of winger Max Pacioretty over the next few weeks. The American suffered a strained left hamstring in a win over Winnipeg on Tuesday, causing him to sit out Thursday's victory over Columbus.

Pacioretty, who led Montreal with 39 points last season, is expected to miss at least three weeks of action with the hamstring issue. He has two goals and one assist in five games this season.

"It's bad luck, but it could have been a lot worse," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien told NHL.com. "We're going to take the time to make sure (Pacioretty) gets better. But in the meantime it's not such bad news. It could have been a lot worse."

Tomas Plekanec scored the game-winning goal with 1:07 left to lead the Canadiens to a 5-3 victory over the visiting Blue Jackets.

With the game tied at 3-3 late in regulation, the Canadiens won a faceoff in their own zone and quickly advanced the puck up ice. Brian Gionta skated with the disc along the right boards and centered it to Plekanec, who briefly skated in before firing a wrister from just inside the blue line past Sergei Bobrovsky for the go-ahead marker.

Plekanec scored again 49 seconds later with a shorthanded empty-netter to account for the final margin.

Rene Bourque, Michael Bournival and Andrei Markov also tallied for the Canadiens, while Carey Price made 30 saves in the win.

Thursday's win over Columbus marked the start of a five-game homestand for the Habs, who are 2-1-0 as the host this season.

Nashville will try to get back in the win column Saturday after having a two- game win streak halted with Thursday's shootout loss against visiting Los Angeles. Anze Kopitar's goal in the third round of the shootout lifted the Kings to the 2-1 win at Bridgestone Arena.

After the first five shooters failed to light the lamp in the shootout, Kopitar went to his backhand and slid a shot past Pekka Rinne for the game- winner. L.A. goaltender Jonathan Quick stopped 34-of-35 shots through regulation and overtime and turned aside all three Nashville attempts in the shootout phase.

"We just couldn't find an answer for Jonathan Quick," Nashville head coach Barry Trotz said. "He made some incredible saves in the second period. I think if he didn't have a night like he did, we probably would have lit them up."

Matt Cullen scored the lone goal for Nashville, while Rinne had 29 saves in defeat. The Predators also went 0-for-4 on the man advantage.

Nashville will aim for its first road win of the season on Saturday, having posted an 0-2-0 mark away from the Music City in 2013-14. The Preds are opening a three-game swing on Saturday and also will visit Winnipeg and Minnesota during the trip.

The Predators have won two of three and three of the last five meetings against the Canadiens overall. Nashville also has claimed two of the past three encounters at the Bell Centre.

10/19 10:32:19 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
12:05pm Today
NOR
DUR
 
Final
CLE 6
TOR 4
Final
DET 2
ANA 1
Final
NYM 4
ATL 3
Final
MIA 3
SEA 2
Final
PIT 2
MIL 3
Final
WAS 3
STL 2
Final
TAM 1
NYY 5
Final
KAN 3
MIN 8
Final
CHC 2
CIN 8
Final
TEX 2
CWS 16
Final
OAK 4
HOU 1
Final
LOS 4
ARI 1
Final
COL 9
PHI 10
Final
SDP 3
SFG 4
Final
BOS 6
BAL 5
11:05am Today
BOS
BAL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
CIN
 
7:05pm Tonight
CLE
KAN
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
ANA
 
7:08pm Tonight
DET
CWS
 
7:10pm Tonight
ATL
MIA
 
7:10pm Tonight
NYM
STL
 
8:05pm Tonight
CHC
ARI
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIL
SDP
 
8:40pm Tonight
COL
SFG
 
10:05pm Tonight
OAK
TEX
 
10:10pm Tonight
SEA
HOU
 
10:10pm Tonight
LOS
PHI
 
Final
SAN 90
DAL 85
Final
MIA 99
CHA 88
Final
CHI 93
WAS 102
1st OT
HOU 118
POR 119
 
8:00pm Tonight
OKC
MEM
10:30pm Tonight
LAC
GSW
Final
NYR 2
PHI 4
Final
BOS 4
DET 1
Final
MON 3
TAM 2
Final
SJS 7
LOS 2
 
7:00pm Tonight
MIN
COL
7:00pm Tonight
CLB
PIT
8:30pm Tonight
CHI
STL
9:30pm Tonight
DAL
ANA
Final
NOR 6
DUR 3
 
12:05pm Today
NOR
DUR