NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, February 13th
(All times eastern)
Florida Panthers (21-25-11) at Montreal Canadiens (29-22-6), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Montreal Canadiens will try to snap a season-high tying
three-game slide when they welcome the Florida Panthers to the Bell Centre
The Canadiens were last in action on Saturday when they dropped the finale of
a home-and-home series against the Ottawa Senators. After posting a win in the
series opener on Thursday, Wade Redden scored the go-ahead goal late in the
second period to key a 5-3 Senators victory in Montreal.
Steve Begin, Michael Ryder and Andrei Markov each scored for the Canadiens,
who suffered their fifth loss in six outings. Sheldon Souray added a pair of
assists in the defeat, while David Aebischer stopped 25-of-30 shots.
Begin was activated from the injured list before the game after missing 27
contests because of back spasms. The Canadiens also placed defenseman Craig
Rivet on the injured list because of pneumonia.
Montreal's recent losing skid has seen it fall into a tie with Tampa Bay for
the sixth spot overall in the East. The Canadiens fell to 17-10-3 at home this
year as well.
The club has twice before posted three-game losing streaks this season with
both coming in January. Montreal dropped three in a row from January 4-7 and
from the 13-16.
The Panthers managed to snap their three-game slide on Saturday as Olli
Jokinen posted a goal and an assist in Florida's 5-2 win over Phoenix.
Nathan Horton, Martin Gelinas, and Chris Gratton also registered one goal and
one assist for the Panthers. Ed Belfour stopped 23 shots to post his 14th win
of the season and the 471st of his career.
Florida, which is 6-15-8 on the road this year, will play the first of back-
to-back road games this evening. The club will play in Ottawa on Wednesday.
On the injury front, Florida placed forward Rostislav Olesz and center Jozef
Stumpel on injured reserve Monday. Stumpel's placement is retroactive to
February 6 while Olesz's is February 8. Stumpel suffered a shoulder injury
against Colorado last Tuesday while Olesz was injured on Thursday.
The club then removed defenseman Alexei Semenov from club suspension and
recalled him from their American Hockey League affiliate in Rochester. Semenov
was suspended early in the season by the team after he left the Rochester
Americans without permission.
Semenov has not played in any games yet this season but in 119 career games,
with 103 of them played in Edmonton, he has five goals and 11 assists. Last
season, he notched a goal and an assist in 16 games with the Panthers.
Florida and Montreal will clash for the fourth and final time this season
tonight. The Panthers have taken two of three so far this year, with both wins
coming at home, and are 6-4-1 (one tie) over the last 11 matchups.
The Canadiens, though, have won the last three at home, including a 1-0
shootout win on November 28.
02/13 10:39:33 ET