NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Friday, January 23rd
(All times eastern)
Montreal Canadiens (24-16-6-2) at New Jersey Devils (23-12-10-1), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Montreal Canadiens try to push their unbeaten streak to
six games tonight when they visit the New Jersey Devils at the Meadowlands.
Montreal is 4-0-1 in its last five, and 8-1-2 in the last 11 overall. On
Tuesday the Habs posted an impressive 4-1 victory in Philadelphia.
Richard Zednik scored twice and All-Star Jose Theodore made 22 saves to lead
the Habs' effort. Theodore made 15 saves through the first two periods for the
Canadiens, who built a three-goal lead and improved to 4-0-1 in their last
Michael Ryder added a goal and two assists for the Habs, who are within seven
points of first place in what is becoming a heated Northeast Division race.
Jan Bulis contributed a goal and an assist and Mike Ribeiro and Saku Koivu
each had a pair of helpers.
Ribeiro has three goals and eight assists in the last five games, while Zednik
has four goals and two assists over the same span.
Theodore was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team Thursday, as was
Habs defenseman Sheldon Souray. Souray, who returned from a career-threatening
wrist injury this season, currently leads NHL blueliners with 14 goals.
The Canadiens, 4-0-1 in their last five road tilts, will host Toronto on
New Jersey, meanwhile, had a two-game winning streak snapped with a 2-1 home
loss to Carolina on Wednesday. Jeff O'Neill's late second-period goal proved
to be the difference for the Hurricanes.
Jeff Friesen scored the lone goal for the Devils, who trail Philadelphia by
four points in the Atlantic Division race. Martin Brodeur, who was coming off
his first two-game break since 1997-98, finished with 21 saves in defeat.
Brodeur and defensemen Scott Stevens and Scott Niedermayer will be the Devils'
representatives in next month's All-Star Game, as no more players were named
to the team on Thursday. Stevens, though, remains sidelined with post-
The Devils, who have lost four of their last five at home, will host Atlanta
New Jersey has won two straight and four of the last five meetings with
Montreal. The Canadiens are 1-15-3 in their last 19 trips to the Meadowlands,
including three consecutive losses.
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