Montreal (27-11-6) at Atlanta (16-25-5),
ATLANTA (Ticker) -- The Montreal Canadiens have been rolling
without injured goaltender Carey Price.
The All-Star is nearing his return, though, and could play in
his first game since December 30 when the Canadiens host the
Atlanta Thrashers on Tuesday.
In the eight games Price has missed with a sprained ankle,
Montreal has gone 6-2-0.
Montreal coach Guy Carbonneau has yet to decide whether to use
Price versus Atlanta, or on Wednesday night in New Jersey.
Price has not lost a game in regulation since a 2-1 defeat to
the Carolina Hurricanes on November 18, although he's played
only 12 games since then.
Despite surrendering 27 goals, backup netminder Jaroslav Halak
has done just enough to give the Canadiens an edge without
Atlanta, which has won two in a row for the second time this
season, is coming off a 7-2 triumph over the Nashville Predators
The Thrashers' only other winning streak came when they posted
five straight victories from November 2-14.
Appointed team captain last week, Ilya Kovalchuk has scored
eight goals in his last nine games.