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Fleury, Penguins seek second straight win

Montreal (18-9-6) at Pittsburgh (19-12-4), 7:00 p.m. EST

PITTSBURGH (Ticker) — The Pittsburgh Penguins did not have much
success without starting goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. With the
23-year-old back from injury, their fortunes have turned.

Fleury and the Penguins seek consecutive victories for the first
time in over a month when they host the Montreal Canadiens on
Saturday.

The Penguins failed to generate any momentum and have not won
two in a row since enjoying a season-high, six-game winning
streak from November 1-15.

A major reason for their struggles stemmed from being without
Fleury for 13 contests. However, he stopped 37 shots and helped
the Penguins edge the New Jersey Devils, 1-0, on Friday –
Fleury’s fifth straight start since returning to the lineup.

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Fleury has yielded two total goals in his last two starts after
giving up 11 in the first three games of his return.

Montreal begins a four-game road trip and will play 11 of its
next 15 contests away from home.

The Canadiens are 7-5-2 as the visitors, but all five of those
regulation losses have come in their last eight road games.

After winning two in a row, they suffered a 3-2 overtime loss to
the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday. With that setback, Montreal
ended a stretch of 10 of 11 at home – including a 4-3 overtime
win over Buffalo last Saturday.