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Canadiens look to snap five-game losing streak

Friday, 02.13.2009 / 4:00 PM / Game-Day Skate

By Adam Schwartz - NHL.com Staff Writer

The Canadiens look to put a halt to their four-game losing streak against the Avalanche (9 p.m. ET, TSN, RDS) in one of seven games Friday night.

Prior to the Colorado-Montreal matchup, division leaders clash when the Devils face the Bruins; the Red Wings go for their seventh win in a row when they face the Blue Jackets; the Sabres host the Sharks; and the Panthers play their second game in two days when they take on the Rangers.

Later, the Blackhawks battle the Blues in a Central Division showdown, and the Canucks go for their fifth win in a row when they play in Dallas.

Here's what to keep an eye out for:

* The Bruins, who are the only Eastern Conference team with two defensemen with at least 30 points, have scored 186 goals, the most in the conference. Boston has been outshot in 31 of their 55 games this season, but is 24-4-3 in those games.

* New Jersey left wing Jamie Langenbrunner has 9 goals and 4 assists in his last eight games, including two goals Wednesday in the Devils' 4-2 win against the Islanders. With 47 points, Langenbrunner is closing in on his single-season career-high of 60, set in 2006-07.

* Red Wings right wing Marian Hossa, who leads the Central Division with 31 goals, has 7 goals and 10 points in his last six games, including 2 assists Thursday in Detroit's 4-2 victory against the Wild. Hossa has 10 goals and 14 points in nine career games against the Blue Jackets.

* Columbus defenseman Mike Commodore is second among Central Division defensemen with 126 hits. With 21 points in his first 53 games, Commodore is on pace to pass his previous career high of 29 points.

* Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov, who speaks five languages, leads the Pacific Division and is second in the League with 28 wins, and he's played 40 games, the sixth-most among Western Conference goalies. Nabokov, who has a 2-2-0 with a tie in five career games against the Sabres, has only yielded nine goals during those games.

* The Sabres, who are eighth in the Eastern Conference with 62 points, are 13-5-6 in one-goal games. Buffalo has won all four of their home shootouts, has lost three of five road shootouts.

* Rangers defenseman Michal Rozsival, who leads the team with an average ice time of 22:39 per game, is tied for the club's worst plus-minus at minus-12. Rozsival, who has a plus-5 rating in 30 Ranger wins, has a minus-17 rating in 24 losses.

* Florida center Gregory Campbell, who plays alongside Radek Dvorak and Ville Peltonen on the Panthers' "CPR" line, has 13 points at home and 13 on the road. Campbell has 11 goals in 26 Panthers wins, but just 1 in 23 losses.

* Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell, who leads the League's defensemen with 26 road points, has a minus-10 rating in 12 career games against the Blues. Campbell, who has 7 assists in eight Friday games, has 7 assists in his last seven games.

* Vancouver defenseman Willie Mitchell, who leads the team with a plus-15, has a career-high of 17 points through just 54 games this season. Mitchell, who is second on the team with an average ice time 23:09 per game, hasn't played more than 23 minutes since Jan. 20.

* The Stars are 15-7-4 at home, with five wins in their last six home games, and they play 10 of their 13 February games at home.

* Montreal goalie Carey Price, who started for the Eastern Conference at the All-Star Game in Montreal, has lost four of his last five games and has given up five goals in his last two games.

* Avalanche left wing Wojtek Wolski is one of three Colorado players with 100 shots. Wolski, however, has just two shots in his last three games.

Contact Adam Schwartz at aschwartz@nhl.com.
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It's really exciting. I'm pretty sure that when I play my first game I'm going to be emotional. To be back on the ice playing a game, being in game situations, with all the routines and rituals I do before games and during the game, I feel like I'm going to be emotional. I'm going to be really happy.

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