The Montreal Canadiens look to get back within shouting distance of second place in the Atlantic Division tonight when they host the Vancouver Canucks.
The Canadiens are coming off their first win in three games, when they defeated the Calgary Flames 2-0. Rene Bourque and David Desharnais found the back fo the net for the Habs, and Carey Price posted his 4th shutout of the season and 23rd of his career.
The Canucks are currently on a five game losing streak, having scored just eight goals in that span. They have been led offensively this year by the Sedin twins, Daniel and Henrik who both have 40 points on the season, more than any Canadien.
The Canucks long losing streak has them dangerously close to falling outside the playoff picture. They currently have 63 points in the standings, good for eighth in the ultra competitive Western Conference. The Phoenix Coyotes and Dallas Stars sit one point back in the standings and the high flying Winnipeg Jets are just two back of Vancouver.
You can be sure the Canucks will be hungry for the win tonight to avoid slipping out of the playoff pack. They have a 13-13-4 record as the visitor this season, and are currently 0 for 3 on a five game road trip that leads them into the Olympic break.
The Canadiens are hanging on to a playoff spot and their win against the Flames gives them some breathing room. In fact, they are as close to hopping in to second in the Atlantic as they are to sinking below the playoff cutoff line. A win tonight would give them 68 points in the standings, just one back of the Tampa Bay Lightning.