NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, December 13th
(All times eastern)
Montreal Canadiens (14-11-5) at Philadelphia Flyers (16-10-2), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The struggling Montreal Canadiens will aim for just their
third win in 10 games this evening, when they visit the Philadelphia Flyers at
the Wachovia Center.
The Canadiens have dropped five of their last six games and are just 5-8-2
over the past 15 contests.
Montreal's latest setback came Tuesday in a shootout, as Brad Richards scored
the only goal in the deciding segment to lead the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning
to a 3-2 victory at the Bell Centre.
Alex Kovalev and Tomas Plekanec scored for the Canadiens, while Carey Price
stopped 29 shots in the losing effort.
Price, a 20-year-old rookie, has been Montreal's top goaltending option since
No. 1 netminder Cristobal Huet went down with a groin pull on December 1. Huet
will make the trip to Philadelphia, but isn't expected to play until at least
Saturday night against Toronto.
Beginning with tonight's test, the Habs will play seven of their next nine
games on the road, where Montreal is 9-5-1 this season. However, the two home
tests in the stretch will come in Montreal's next two outings.
Meanwhile, the Flyers are coming off an offensive explosion their last time
out, as they pounded the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins, 8-2, on Monday.
Joffrey Lupul had a career-best six-point night with a hat trick and three
assists and R.J. Umberger also netted a hat trick in the blowout at the
The last time two Flyers recorded a hat trick in the same game was on March 7,
1985 when Tim Kerr and Dave Poulin both did it against Washington.
Umberger also added two assists while Mike Richards picked up three helpers
for the Flyers, who have two wins in their last three games.
Martin Biron made 20 saves while Mike Knuble had a goal and an assist for
The game also featured plenty of rough stuff and the team's combined for 156
The Flyers ended a five-game losing streak at home and are 7-3-2 in the City
of Brotherly love this year.
Montreal slammed the Flyers, 5-2, on November 1 in Montreal to open the season
series. The Habs have taken three in a row, four of five and seven of the last
nine matchups with Philadelphia.
The Canadiens have also won their last two and four of their previous five
trips to Philadelphia.
12/13 10:53:19 ET