NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Sunday, February 1st
(All times eastern)
Chicago Blackhawks (13-28-7-5) at Montreal Canadiens (25-29-6-2), 2 p.m.
(Sports Network) - With their 19-game road losing streak behind them, the
Chicago Blackhawks try to make it two straight away from home today when they
visit the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre.
On Friday, Tuomo Ruutu scored twice to help rally Chicago to a 5-3
win over Calgary at the Saddledome. Mark Bell added a goal and two assists,
while Steve Passmore stopped 30 shots for the Blackhawks, who were 0-18-0-1
during their franchise-record road slide. They also halted a three-game
overall losing streak.
Before Friday. the lone point earned during the Hawks' away skid was an
overtime setback at Vancouver on November 20. The Blackhawks hadn't won on
hostile ice since November 7 at Nashville.
The Blackhawks will play the fifth portion of a six-game road trip today.
They'll head to Toronto on Tuesday.
Montreal, meanwhile, dropped a 1-0 decision to visiting Boston on Saturday.
Andrew Raycroft made 34 saves for his third shutout of the season to back
the effort for Boston.
The Canadiens, who were coming off a 3-2 overtime win at Minnesota on
Thursday, have lost four of their last five. Montreal has been blanked twice
and has scored just five goals in that span.
Jose Theodore made only 15 saves in defeat, as his teammates outshot Boston
The Canadiens were shut out for the fifth time this season and for the second
time by Boston at home. Felix Potvin made 23 saves in a 2-0 Boston victory at
the Bell Centre on October 28.
Montreal will visit Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
The Canadiens have won two straight series games, and four of the last five
meetings with Chicago.
02/01 11:46:53 ET