NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Friday, December 29th
(All times eastern)
Montreal Canadiens (22-9-5) at Florida Panthers (14-19-7), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Montreal Canadiens will continue their four-game road
trip tonight, as they visit the Florida Panthers at BankAtlantic Center.
The Canadiens played the second test of the swing Wednesday evening in
Washington and earned a 4-1 victory. Cristobal Huet stopped 30 shots to help
the Habs defeat the Capitals.
Sheldon Souray had a goal and an assist and Mathieu Dandenault, Aaron Downey
and Saku Koivu each added a goal for the Canadiens, who have won six of their
last seven games.
The Canadiens, who are 10-5-2 away from Montreal this year, complete the trek
Saturday in Tampa.
Florida is also coming off a win Wednesday over the visiting Philadelphia
Flyers. Rostislav Olesz posted a goal and an assist and Ed Belfour made 23
saves to lead Florida over Philadelphia, 3-1.
Jozef Stumpel and Mike Van Ryn also scored, while Martin Gelinas picked up two
assists for the Panthers, who snapped a two-game skid.
Wednesday's victory improved the Panthers to 9-8-2 as the home club this year.
The Habs and Panthers have split a pair of meetings this year, each winning at
home, but Montreal has taken four of the last six encounters overall.
12/29 10:36:00 ET