If you like defence ...
All the scoring happened during the first 24 minutes of the game.
Jake Muzzin beat Peter Budaj less than two minutes in.
P.K. Subban's 10th, on a first-period power play, tied it.
The home team went almost 17 minutes without a shot on goal before Jeff Carter converted an Anze Kopitar pass on an L.A. power play.
And that was it for the scoring.
The Canadiens managed just 18 shots on Jonathan Quick.
L.A. had 22.
The Canadiens made it interesting, with Peter Budaj on the bench.
But Jonathan Quick and the Kings shut the door.
Making 'em count
When Jeff Carter converted a honey of a backhand pass by Anze Kopitar on an L.A. power play it was the Kings first shot on goal in almost 17 minutes – back to 7:35 of the first period.
The Canadiens power play sputtered during two second-period man-advantages.
Shots were 8-5 for the home team.
Good road period
The game wasn't two minutes old when Jake Muzzin got the Kings on the board, beating Peter Budaj glove side.
The lead lasted 12 minutes.
A P.K. Subban shot was stopped by Jonathan Quick but bounced into the L.A. net off Jarrett Stoll.
Shots were 5-5, but the home team didn't get a shot over the last 12 minutes, after Jarred Tinordi's spirited fight with Kyle Clifford.
Laying siege to their castle
Here's a weird one:
The Kings have not beaten the Canadiens in Los Angeles since 2003.
That's a long home-ice dry spell that could end Monday night, if the teams' first meeting this season was an indicator.
L.A. visited the Bell Centre Dec. 10 and stomped the Canadiens 6-0.
Martin Jones, subbing for the injured Jonathan Quick, made 31 saves to post the shutout.
Carey Price was beaten on four of the first 16 shots he faced before being yanked in the second period. Peter Budaj mopped up and surrendered a couple third-period goals.
On their last visit to the Staples Center, Dec. 3, 2011, Price made 26 saves and the Canadiens got goals from Tomas Plekanec and Andrei Kostitsyn in a 2-1.
Puck drops at 10:40ish Montreal time.
Brew up some strong coffee and check back for live game blogging.