NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, February 8th
(All times eastern)
Montreal Canadiens (29-20-6) at Ottawa Senators (30-22-3), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Montreal Canadiens will try to reverse their losing
trend so far in February as they travel to Scotiabank Place for the opener of
a home-and-home series against the Ottawa Senators.
The Habs have dropped three of their four games (1-2-1) to begin this month
and are coming off a close loss to visiting Carolina on Tuesday. Frantisek
Kaberle scored the game-winning goal in the third period to help the
Hurricanes earn the 2-1 victory at the Bell Centre.
Alex Kovalev scored the lone goal and David Aebischer stopped 32 shots in the
loss for the Canadiens, who are currently fourth in the Eastern Conference
with 64 points.
Montreal has been an average road team this season, posting a 12-11-3 mark as
the visitor this year.
The Senators will be trying to avoid their third consecutive loss this
evening. Ottawa hasn't dropped three in a row since December 6-10.
The Sens were dealt a setback in Buffalo on Wednesday, as Thomas Vanek scored
two goals, including the game-winner with four minutes remaining, to give the
Sabres a 3-2 win at HSBC Arena.
Peter Schaefer and Dean McAmmond each scored a goal while Ray Emery made 34
saves for the Senators, who have also dropped three of their last four games.
Ottawa has 63 points and comes into tonight's game tied with Pittsburgh for
the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference. The Senators are just one point
behind Montreal for fourth place in the East.
The Senators have done a solid job at home this year, going 15-11-1 as the
Montreal has taken three of the five encounters with the Senators this season,
but the teams have split the last 14 overall meetings. The Canadiens have
dropped five of their last seven in Ottawa.
The teams will meet again Saturday evening in Montreal.
02/08 10:48:09 ET