NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Friday, March 5th
(All times eastern)
Montreal Canadiens (34-26-6-2) at Phoenix Coyotes (20-26-15-5), 9 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Newly-acquired winger Alexei Kovalev will make his debut
for the Canadiens this evening, as Montreal heads into Glendale Arena to face
the Phoenix Coyotes.
Kovalev, who was acquired by the Canadiens from the New York Rangers on
Tuesday for Jozef Balej and a second-round pick in the 2004 Draft, watched
Wednesday's contest against San Jose from the press box. Kovalev had 13 goals
and 29 assists for the Rangers this season
The Canadiens were handed a 4-3 setback by the Sharks at HP Pavilion on
Wednesday night. Marco Sturm and Niko Dimitrakos ended the second period with
consecutive goals to snap a tie and lead San Jose to the win.
Yanic Perreault posted a goal and an assist for the Canadiens, who had a five-
game winning streak snapped. Andrei Markov and Mike Ribeiro also added goals
Jose Theodore stopped 25 shots for the Canadiens, who have 76 points and are
currently in seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
The Habs, who have dropped five of their last seven road games, play the third
test of a four-game swing Saturday in Los Angeles.
The Coyotes continued their recent slide on Tuesday night, as they were handed
a 5-4 overtime loss to the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place. Ryan Smyth notched
his second goal of the game midway through overtime to lift the Oilers.
Chris Gratton posted a goal and two assists for the Coyotes, who are now
winless in six straight (0-3-1-2). They also remained without a victory under
new head coach Rick Bowness, who has been behind the bench for the last four.
Mike Sillinger, Tyson Nash and Daymond Langkow each posted a goal in the loss
while Brian Boucher made 22 saves. Sillinger, though, was traded to St. Louis
on Thursday in a deal that brought goaltender Brent Johnson to the desert.
Montreal is unbeaten in the last six meetings with the Coyotes (3-0-3) and
2-1-2 in its previous five trips to Phoenix.
03/05 10:31:35 ET