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Slumping Kovalev aims to get back on track vs. Thrashers

Atlanta (8-12-3) at Montreal (13-6-4), 7:30 pm EST

MONTREAL (Ticker) -- The Montreal Canadiens have managed to stay

afloat with Alexei Kovalev struggling to find the back of the


But the Canadiens would love to get the Russian right wing

rolling again when they host the Atlanta Thrashers on Tuesday.

Kovalev, who lead the team with 35 goals last season, is

currently on a 13-game goalless streak. He has five goals and

16 points with a minus-1 rating on the campaign.

Montreal's once-feared offense has gone the way of Kovalev over

the last month and that has been reflected in the standings.

The Canadiens are 5-5-3 over the 35-year-old's slump.

Defenseman Andrei Markov snapped a tie with 90 seconds left

Saturday to lift Montreal to a 3-2 triumph over the Buffalo


The Thrashers are looking to avoid a fourth consecutive loss

after suffering a 4-2 setback to the St. Louis Blues on Sunday.

Tied with the division-rival Tampa Bay Lightning for last place

in the NHL, Atlanta is starting a three-game road trip.



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