The Montreal Canadiens look to avoid a losing streak that could knock them out of a playoff position when they host the Calgary Flames tonight.
The Canadiens head into the contest 0 for February thus far after losing a pair of afternoon games over Super Bowl weekend. After falling 2-1 in overtime against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, the Canadiens fell 2-1 to the Winnipeg Jets in regulation on Sunday.
The sluggish start to February comes on the heels of the Canadiens worst month of the season. Their January record of 6-6-1 was the first time the team was not above .500 over the course of a calendar month.
The Canadiens play over the past two months has them teetering on the edge of falling out of the Eastern Conference playoff race. They are currently in seventh place of eight playoff teams, with just a two point cushion on the ninth seeded Philadelphia Flyers.
Calgary comes into tonight’s game playing their best hockey of the season. The Flames are in next to last place in the Western Conference, but are on a five game winning streak.
It will be interesting to see if the recently red hot Flames show up tonight, or the cold Calgary team that began the year 16-27-7 arrives at the Bell Centre.
The Flames have one of the league’s worst road records at 9-13-4, while the Habs hold a 15-10-4 record as the host team this season.
These two teams met in early October, with the Flames coming away with a 3-2 victory on their home ice.