GAME: Montreal Canadiens (26-20-6-2) at Pittsburgh Penguins (11-35-5-3).
TIME: Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. EST.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will look to avoid tying the franchise record for
consecutive losses when they host the Montreal Canadiens.
Pittsburgh has lost a season-high 10 games in a row and it has just two wins
in its last 18. The franchise record of 11 straight defeats was set in 1983-84,
the season the Pens won just 16 games before drafting Mario Lemieux in the
Pittsburgh has also lost nine straight at home, two shy of the NHL record,
and owns the worst record in the league.
Aleksey Morozov scored the Penguins' only goal in a 4-1 loss to Boston on
Sunday, his first goal in 34 games. The 26-year-old winger had nine goals in 27
games last season and 20 goals in 2001-02.
Pittsburgh will be keeping a close eye on Montreal defenseman Sheldon Souray
Souray set a franchise single-game record for points by a defenseman with a
goal and five assists in the Canadiens' 8-0 win at Pittsburgh on Jan. 10.
Souray broke the team record of five points, held by defensemen Doug Harvey
and Lyle Odelein, assisting on each of Montreal's first five goals before
scoring midway through the third period.
His five assists were one short of the Montreal record of six, set by Elmer
Lach in an 8-3 win over Boston on Feb. 6, 1943.
Souray scored his 15th goal of the season and Niklas Sundstrom added two of
his own as Montreal beat Chicago 6-4 on Sunday.
Souray, who leads NHL defensemen in goals, ended a nine-game point drought,
which dated to his career night against Pittsburgh.