NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Friday, November 29th
(All times Eastern)
Montreal Canadiens (14-9-2) at Washington Capitals (12-11-2), 5 p.m.
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Montreal Canadiens and Washington Capitals are
headed in opposite directions. They meet for the second time in a week on
Friday evening with a rematch in D.C.
The Canadiens have ripped off a season high-tying four straight victories, a
span that includes a 3-2 victory in Washington on Nov. 22. That setback is
part of a season-high four-game slide for the Capitals.
Montreal kept its winning streak intact on Wednesday with a 3-1 win over the
Buffalo Sabres. David Desharnais had a goal and an assist, while Alex
Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher also scored.
Desharnais has two goals and three assists over his past four games after
going 13 in a row without a point.
"In the last two weeks he's playing well," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien
said of Desharnais. "He's competing to the puck, he's working hard on both
sides of the ice. It's not a coincidence that he's got success. He's working
Andrei Markov assisted on all three goals and P.K. Subban notched the 100th
assist of his career on Desharnais' second-period goal. Carey Price stopped
24-of-25 shots faced in the win as the Habs moved to 6-1-1 in their last
Peter Budaj is slated to get the start for Montreal tonight, with Price in
line to start on Saturday against visiting Toronto. Budaj is 1-2-1 with a 2.73
goals against average in five games (4 starts) versus the Capitals, stopping
25-of-27 shots faced in last Friday's victory.
Desharnais, Travis Moen and Daniel Briere all scored for the Canadiens, while
Alex Ovechkin scored both of the Capitals' goals and Michal Neuvirth made 28
saves in defeat.
Washington had won eight of its previous nine versus Montreal before that
The Capitals were in a good position to snap their skid on Wednesday versus
the Ottawa Senators, but struggled late in a 6-4 loss. Zack Smith netted the
winner for the Sens with 2:23 to play.
Washington got first-period goals by Eric Fehr, Marcus Johansson and Brooks
Laich, while John Carlson scored 62 seconds before Smith's go-ahead goal.
Braden Holtby gave up five goals on 40 shots faced.
"We had them. We were close to putting our stamp on it, but we let them back,"
Carlson said. "It's tough. We need wins right now and this is certainly one
that we can look back on and make sure it doesn't happen again because it's
not a good loss."
Holtby could start again tonight and has won all three of his previous starts
versus the Canadiens while posting a 1.00 GAA and a shutout.
11/29 10:35:57 ET