NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, February 13th (All times eastern)
Florida Panthers (21-25-11) at Montreal Canadiens (29-22-6), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Montreal Canadiens will try to snap a season-high tying three-game slide when they welcome the Florida Panthers to the Bell Centre tonight.
The Canadiens were last in action on Saturday when they dropped the finale of a home-and-home series against the Ottawa Senators. After posting a win in the series opener on Thursday, Wade Redden scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period to key a 5-3 Senators victory in Montreal.
Steve Begin, Michael Ryder and Andrei Markov each scored for the Canadiens, who suffered their fifth loss in six outings. Sheldon Souray added a pair of assists in the defeat, while David Aebischer stopped 25-of-30 shots.
Begin was activated from the injured list before the game after missing 27 contests because of back spasms. The Canadiens also placed defenseman Craig Rivet on the injured list because of pneumonia.
Montreal's recent losing skid has seen it fall into a tie with Tampa Bay for the sixth spot overall in the East. The Canadiens fell to 17-10-3 at home this year as well.
The club has twice before posted three-game losing streaks this season with both coming in January. Montreal dropped three in a row from January 4-7 and from the 13-16.
The Panthers managed to snap their three-game slide on Saturday as Olli Jokinen posted a goal and an assist in Florida's 5-2 win over Phoenix.
Nathan Horton, Martin Gelinas, and Chris Gratton also registered one goal and one assist for the Panthers. Ed Belfour stopped 23 shots to post his 14th win of the season and the 471st of his career.
Florida, which is 6-15-8 on the road this year, will play the first of back- to-back road games this evening. The club will play in Ottawa on Wednesday.
On the injury front, Florida placed forward Rostislav Olesz and center Jozef Stumpel on injured reserve Monday. Stumpel's placement is retroactive to February 6 while Olesz's is February 8. Stumpel suffered a shoulder injury against Colorado last Tuesday while Olesz was injured on Thursday.
The club then removed defenseman Alexei Semenov from club suspension and recalled him from their American Hockey League affiliate in Rochester. Semenov was suspended early in the season by the team after he left the Rochester Americans without permission.
Semenov has not played in any games yet this season but in 119 career games, with 103 of them played in Edmonton, he has five goals and 11 assists. Last season, he notched a goal and an assist in 16 games with the Panthers.
Florida and Montreal will clash for the fourth and final time this season tonight. The Panthers have taken two of three so far this year, with both wins coming at home, and are 6-4-1 (one tie) over the last 11 matchups.
The Canadiens, though, have won the last three at home, including a 1-0 shootout win on November 28.
02/13 10:39:33 ET