The Montreal Canadiens have been outscored 9-2 in their last two games against teams that have a recent success of building successful teams for long periods of time, and get to face off against a third tonight as they host the Washington Capitals.
The Capitals may be one of the teams who are actually struggling more than the Canadiens right now. The Canadiens have lost three straight games in regulation but the Capitals are winless in seven (0-5-2).
THE GAME: Washington Capitals (Montreal Canadiens (27-19-5, 59 points)
THE TIME: Saturday, January 25 7:00 p.m.
TV: CBC, RDS, CSN-DC
THINGS TO WATCH
Alex Ovechkin has missed the last two games for the Capitals and is questionable for the game tonight against the Canadiens. Ovechkin took the morning skate yesterday before their game against the Devils but was never close to playing. You have to expect that if Ovechkin does play, he will be healthy enough to make a difference.
The Canadiens shouldn’t be expected to make any lineup changes up front but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Raphael Diaz return to the lineup. I’m not sure who he would replace however. It would probably have to be Alexei Emelin or Nathan Beaulieu but I thought Beaulieu played pretty well last night against the Red Wings.
The Canadiens likely need a good performance tonight to save their head coach Michel Therrien. Therrien, who has come under a lot of fire for his team’s performance since November is said to not be in immediate trouble, but losing four straight games against conference rivals and neither of those games being close would not bode well.
After tonight, the Canadiens have three days off before they host the Carolina Hurricanes.
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