Anaheim (3-5-0) at Montreal (5-0-1), 7:00 pm EDT
MONTREAL (Ticker) — The Anaheim Ducks are slowly rebounding
from a dismal start to the new season. A meeting with the
mighty Montreal Canadiens might derail their comeback.
The Ducks go for their third straight win on Saturday when they
visit the Canadiens in the third contest of a four-game road
Anaheim opened the 2008-09 campaign with four straight losses,
dropping five of its first six games overall. The Ducks have
bounced back on the road, earning a 3-2 shootout victory over
the Maple Leafs on Tuesday before posting a 4-3 victory over the
Ottawa Senators on Friday.
They will need a better performance on Saturday if the Ducks are
going to keep their winning streak alive against the Canadiens,
who have won five in a row after suffering a shootout loss to
the Buffalo Sabres during the season opener.
Montreal has outscored its opponents, 21-9, during its streak –
and winning each of its first three home games in the process.
The Canadiens should be well rested after playing their last
game on Monday – a 3-1 triumph over the Florida Panthers.
Captain Saku Koivu notched his third goal of the season while
defenseman Andrei Markov added an assist – his ninth of the
campaign to tie Koivu for the team lead with nine points.