NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, December 27th
(All times eastern)
Montreal Canadiens (17-13-6) at Tampa Bay Lightning (15-19-3), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Montreal Canadiens will resume their longest road trip
of the season when they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight at St. Pete
The Canadiens are 1-1-1 so far on the six-game swing and have lost their last
two games. Montreal was handed its most recent setback Sunday night in Dallas
as the Stars posted a 4-1 decision over the visitors. Mike Ribeiro paced the
Stars with a goal and two assists at American Airlines Center.
Andrei Markov provided the offense for the Canadiens, who have lost three of
their last four games. Carey Price allowed four goals on 21 shots in defeat.
Montreal is 11-6-2 as the visiting club, but has dropped two straight road
games for the first time this season.
The Lightning, meanwhile, will try to avoid their third straight loss when
they take the ice tonight.
Tampa Bay visited the Washington Capitals on Wednesday and dropped a 3-2
decision. David Steckel had a goal and two assists and Matt Bradley's late
third-period tally helped the Caps down the Lightning, 3-2, at the Verizon
Bradley broke a 2-2 tie with 2:53 left in the third. Steckel's shot from the
middle of the ice deflected off the stick of Tampa Bay defenseman Filip Kuba,
then off the blocker of Karri Ramo. The puck popped high in the air and fell
down in behind Ramo. Bradley, while crashing the net, knocked in the rebound.
The goal was reviewed and eventually upheld.
Vincent Lecavalier lit the lamp twice for the Lightning, who have dropped five
of six and 13 of their last 18 contests. Vaclav Prospal recorded two assists
and Ramo allowed three goals on 32 shots.
Lecavalier is currently leading the NHL with 55 points and is tied for second
in the league with 25 goals.
Tonight marks the first of two straight at home for the Lightning, who are
12-6-2 as the host this season. However, Tampa has dropped four of its last
five tilts at the Forum.
The Lightning won in Montreal on December 11 and have taken two of the last
three encounters. However, the Canadiens have taken six of the last nine
meetings and have earned wins in four of their previous six stops in Tampa.
12/27 10:57:33 ET