NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Thursday, March 11th
(All times eastern)
Florida Panthers (24-29-14-3) at Montreal Canadiens (37-26-6-2), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Montreal Canadiens hope to continue their recent hot
streak when they host the Florida Panthers tonight at the Bell Centre.
On Monday, Montreal recorded a 5-2 win over the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim at the
Pond Monday night.
Saku Koivu, Richard Zednik and Michael Ryder each had a goal and an assist in
the winning effort. Pierre Dagenais and Steve Begin also scored for the
Canadiens, who have won three straight and eight of their last nine games.
Patrice Brisebois and Mike Ribeiro had two assists apiece in the win. Jose
Theodore was peppered with 38 shots and turned aside 36 of them for the
The Habs open a three-game homestand tonight before hosting Toronto on
Saturday. For the year, Montreal is 19-11-4-0 in its friendly confines.
The Canadiens currently sit seventh in the East -- one point behind sixth
place New Jersey.
On Tuesday, Florida was handed a 5-0 setback by the Maple Leafs at the Air
Canada Centre. Ed Belfour made just 15 saves to earn his seventh shutout of
season and Gary Roberts scored twice to lead Toronto.
Steve Shields turned away 37 shots for the Panthers, who had their six-game
road unbeaten streak snapped (3-0-3) and suffered their third straight loss
Byron Ritchie left in the third after taking a hit for the Panthers, who have
one victory in their last six games (1-4-1).
The Panthers have 65 points and are nine behind the New York Islanders for the
eighth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference.
Florida completes a two-game road trip tonight before hosting the New York
Rangers on Saturday.
The Panthers are unbeaten in the last three meetings with Montreal (2-0-1) and
2-1-1 in the previous four trips to the Bell Centre.
03/11 10:33:47 ET