NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, February 1st
(All times eastern)
Montreal Canadiens (28-18-5) at Pittsburgh Penguins (24-17-8), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The red-hot Pittsburgh Penguins take aim at a fifth
consecutive victory as they continue a homestand tonight with a showdown
against the Montreal Canadiens from Mellon Arena.
Pittsburgh's formidable offense was the catalyst to the club's first three
wins during this streak, but goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was the star of the
Penguins' most recent triumph. The former No. 1 overall pick stopped all 32
shots he faced to lead Pittsburgh to a 3-0 decision over Florida on Tuesday.
Michel Ouellet, Dominic Moore and Ryan Whitney had the goals for the Penguins,
who won for the sixth time in seven outings. Ouellet also had an assist on the
Whitney's goal extended his personal scoring streak to eight games, in which
he has recorded two goals and nine assists. NHL scoring leader Sidney Crosby
assisted on Whitney's tally has now notched a point in seven straight
contests. The 19-year-old phenom has compiled 14 points (4 goals, 10 assists)
over that span.
Tuesday's victory began a three-game homestand for Pittsburgh, which concludes
the stretch Saturday against Washington. The Pens are 13-8-4 at Mellon Arena
this season and have won three in a row as the host.
The last time Pittsburgh reeled off four straight wins was from December 9-15.
That streak was broken by the Canadiens, who dealt the Penguins a 6-3 defeat
in Montreal on December 16.
The Canadiens come in having won three of their last four and earned a big
victory over the rival Ottawa Senators their most recent time out. David
Aebischer turned away 26 shots as Montreal celebrated Ken Dryden night with a
3-1 decision at the Bell Centre.
Sheldon Souray, Mark Streit and Tomas Plekanec all scored for the Habs on the
night the franchise raised Dryden's No. 29 jersey to the rafters. The Hall of
Fame goaltender helped Montreal capture six Stanley Cups during his eight-year
tenure with the organization.
The Canadiens are 13-4-1 (one tie) in their last 18 meetings with Pittsburgh
and have won two straight in this series. Montreal has also emerged victorious
in six of its last eight visits to Mellon Arena.
02/01 10:31:53 ET