NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Tuesday, October 14th
(All times eastern)
Washington Capitals (1-1-1-0) at Montreal Canadiens (1-1-0-0), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Washington Capitals resume their six-game road trip
tonight when they visit the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.
After splitting their first two games of the season at home to the Islanders
and Thrashers, the Caps skated to a 2-2 tie in Toronto on Monday. Robert
Lang's goal 8:49 into the third period forced the stalemate, and Peter Bondra
tallied as well. Olaf Kolzig finished with 34 saves, while Sergei Gonchar
assisted on both goals.
The Capitals began the trek shorthanded as defensemen Brendan Witt (facial
lacerations) and John Gruden (strained groin) are both expected to miss
roughly a week with their injuries. Witt's absence left Gonchar as the only
available blueliner with significant NHL experience.
Washington's Jaromir Jagr, after posting a combined two goals and two assists
in the first two contests, was kept off the scoresheet Monday. Jagr has helped
the Caps net a league-leading 11 goals thus far, including five on the power
The Capitals will resume their current venture Friday in Dallas.
Montreal, meanwhile, followed up a season-opening loss in Ottawa with a 4-0
victory over host Toronto on Saturday. Jose Theodore stopped 21 shots to
record his 18th career shutout to back the effort.
Mike Ribeiro, Richard Zednik, Sheldon Souray and Michael Ryder tallied for the
Canadiens, who had looked simply awful against the Senators. Theodore's effort
was especially encouraging as he tries to re-gain the form that won him the
Hart and Vezina Trophies in 2002.
Defenseman Andrei Markov collected two assists for Montreal, giving him three
helpers in the first two games of the season.
Montreal begins a six-game homestand tonight and will welcome Pittsburgh to
town on Thursday.
The Capitals went 2-1-1 against the Canadiens last season, but the Habs are
4-2-1 in the last seven meetings. Washington is 1-2-1 in its last four trips
to the Bell Centre.
10/14 10:15:37 ET