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Rusnak: Habs fans, players pumped about facing Cup champs

Jessica Rusnak
1/11/2014 1:30:48 PM
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Fans have waited a long time to see this original six matchup featuring the Montreal Canadiens and Chicago Blackhawks. The Canadiens haven't played the reigning Stanley Cup champions since December 21, 2011.

"Every time you get to face players you don't get to see all that often, fans get excited and so do the players," Lars Eller said.

Despite the lack of familiarity with the Blackhawks, the Canadiens will try and execute the same type of game plan that allowed them to pick up a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins back in November.

"Chicago and Pittsburgh are two teams that have a lot of offensive young players and have been able to remain a competitive team each year," Brandon Prust told the media.

A key player in tonight's game will be Tomas Plekanec, who is known for his ability to shut down top players. Plekanec was able to get under Sidney Crosby's skin and kept him off the score sheet, and hopes to do with same with Jonathan Toews.

The Canadiens look to turn the page on their poor performance in Philadelphia that resulted in a 3-1 loss. George Parros will return to the lineup for the first time since suffering his second concussion of the season after a fight with Eric Boulton of the New York Islanders on December 14. Defenceman Francis Bouillon will watch this one from the press box.

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