NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, January 4th (All times eastern)
Washington Capitals (11-24-4-1) at Montreal Canadiens (18-15-5-2), 5 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Montreal Canadiens try to push their unbeaten streak to four games tonight when they welcome the Washington Capitals to Bell Centre.
Montreal is 2-0-1 on the heels of a two-game losing streak (0-1-0-1). The Habs have sandwiched wins over Atlanta around a tie with Dallas. On Saturday, Richard Zednik and Joe Juneau each tallied a goal and an assist and Jose Theodore stopped 27 shots to pace a 5-1 win over the Thrashers.
Jan Bulis, Mike Ribeiro and Niklas Sundstrom also scored for Montreal. Michael Ryder and Patrice Brisebois chipped in a pair of assists apiece in the win, which kicked off a four-game Canadiens homestand.
Captain Saku Koivu returned to the lineup after missing a game due to a concussion and notched an assist.
The Habs, 3-0-1 in their last four at home, will welcome Buffalo on Tuesday.
Washington, meanwhile, is winless in its last five (0-4-1), including Saturday's 5-2 setback in Ottawa. Daniel Alfredsson scored two third period goals to help lift the red-hot Senators.
Jeff Halpern and Robert Lang tallied for the Capitals, while Olaf Kolzig turned aside 23-of-26 shots in the setback.
Lang's marker ended a five-game goal-scoring drought for him. He has 20 tallies on the season and is only two shy of his total from all of last campaign.
The Caps, who remain one shy of their 1,000th franchise victory, are 6-14-2 on the road. They'll host Phoenix on Wednesday.
Montreal is 2-1 against Washington this season, and 6-3-1 in the last 10 meetings overall. The Capitals are 1-3-1 in their last five trips to Montreal.
01/04 10:20:03 ET