NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, January 20th
(All times eastern)
St. Louis Blues (21-20-7) at Montreal Canadiens (23-23-4), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Montreal Canadiens will try to avoid a third straight
loss when they welcome the St. Louis Blues for tonight's interconference clash
at Bell Centre.
The Canadiens are coming off losses against Ottawa and the New York Rangers on
consecutive nights this past weekend. Montreal, which is just 2-4-1 this
month, hasn't lost three straight since a five-game slide from December 10-17.
Montreal has been outscored by a 10-4 margin over its last two games and was
slammed, 6-2, in New York on Sunday. Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan each
had two goals to lift the Rangers to the easy win at Madison Square Garden.
Michael Cammalleri and Brian Gionta scored for Montreal. Jaroslav Halak made
28 stops for the Canadiens, who lost for the fifth time in seven games.
"I thought tonight we definitely came with emotion and the work ethic,"
Cammalleri said. "We could have played a more effective, efficient road game."
The Habs come into tonight with 50 points and are two behind the Islanders for
the eighth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.
Montreal is 11-11-3 as the host this year and has lost two of three and six of
its last eight on home ice. The Canadiens will visit New Jersey in their next
game this Friday.
Meanwhile, the Blues will try to get back in the win column tonight after
having a season-high, four-game win streak halted Monday in Columbus. Raffi
Torres scored a pair of goals to lead the Blue Jackets to the 4-2 win at
Keith Tkachuk and Paul Kariya each scored for the Blues, while Chris Mason
turned aside 26-of-30 shots in defeat.
The Blues are playing the middle test of a three-game road trip tonight. St.
Louis, which will close the swing tomorrow in Ottawa, is 12-6-4 as the guest
The Canadiens posted a 3-2 shootout victory over the Blues last year in
St.Louis to win for just the third time in eight meetings between the clubs.
The Blues have also taken three of their last four in Montreal.
01/20 10:29:53 ET