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Tuesday, December 23rd (All times eastern)

Montreal Canadiens (16-14-4-1) at Washington Capitals (10-20-3-1), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Montreal Canadiens try to keep their momentum going tonight when they visit the lowly Washington Capitals at MCI Center.

Montreal is a stellar 7-3-3 in its last 13 tries, including Monday's 4-1 win over Pittsburgh. Defenseman Sheldon Souray scored his team-leading 12th goal of the season and assisted on another to lead the effort. Jose Theodore needed to make only 16 saves for his 13th victory of the season.

Saku Koivu also added a goal and an assist for the Habs, who currently sit fourth in the Northeast Division with 37 points -- one behind Ottawa and Boston. Montreal is 10 behind first-place Toronto.

As for Souray, he currently leads all NHL defensemen in goals and is fifth in points with 22. He has recorded a multi-goal game four times this season, including a hat trick last Thursday against Nashville.

The Canadiens, 4-2-1 in its last seven road contests, open a four-game away set tonight and will visit Carolina on Saturday.

Washington, meanwhile, is 0-1-2 since winning two of the first three games under new head coach Glen Hanlon. On Sunday the Capitals dropped a 5-4 decision to the visiting Islanders. Robert Lang, who leads the NHL with 44 points, scored twice as the Caps had their six-game winning streak against the Islanders come to an end.

Lang has registered at least a point in all but five games this season, and his 19 goals are only three shy of his season total in 2002-03. His four goals and four assists last week earned him NHL Offensive Player of the Week honors on Monday.

The Capitals, 1-4-1-1 in their last seven at home, play the third of a five- game stand tonight and will host Buffalo on Saturday.

Montreal is 2-0 against Washington this season and 6-2-1 in the last nine meetings. The Habs have won in three of their last four trips to DC.

12/23 10:09:58 ET


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