Tuesday's NHL previews
Tuesday's NHL previews
Tuesday's games involving Canadian teams:
Canadiens at Flyers, 7 p.m. ET
Canadiens—The Habs (27-17-5) are coming off a shootout loss to visiting Anaheim in the return of Saku Koivu. Centre Jeff Halpern could return to the lineup after missing two games with an upper-body injury. Montreal is 11-11-1 on the road this season.
Flyers—The league-leading Flyers (32-12-5) bounced back from a 2-1 loss to New Jersey on Saturday with a 4-1 victory Sunday in Chicago in a Stanley Cup rematch. The win was the fifth straight for rookie goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, beaten only by the Hawks' Marian Hossa on a penalty shot. Philadelphia is 8-2-0 over its last 10 games.
Sabres at Senators, 7:30 p.m. ET
Sabres—The Sabres (22-21-5) are coming off splitting a series with the Islanders, which did not help their playoff cause. Goalie Ryan Miller got the win Sunday after being pulled in the first period Friday. Leading goal-scorer Thomas Vanek has had his minutes reduced because of an upper-body injury.
Senators—The all-star break can't come quick enough for the sagging Sens (17-25-7), who are winless in five. They have just one win in their last 12. Even the Leafs have leapfrogged them in the standings. Still owner Eugene Melnyk says he will stick with GM Bryan Murray and coach Cory Clouston through the season. Ottawa recalled forward Bobby Butler from the AHL to replace the injured Jarkko Ruutu.
Leafs at Lightning, 7:30 p.m. ET
Leafs—The Leafs (19-23-5 going into Monday's game against Carolina) have been up and down of late, which actually represents an improvement over earlier weeks. James Reimer is back with the team after a stint with the Marlies, leaving coach Ron Wilson three choices in goal.
Lightning—The Lightning (30-15-5) have won four straight and kicked off an NHL record-tying 12-game homestand with a 7-1 win over Atlanta. The Lightning set a season-high record, scoring five goals in a span of 10:05 to open the second period. Tampa has won four straight and nine of the last 11 at home.
Oilers at Coyotes, 9 p.m. ET
Oilers—Winless in five, the Oilers (14-25-8) start a mini two-game road trip before the all-star break. Taylor Hall forced overtime with a late goal against the visiting Predators on Sunday but the Oilers shooters couldn't beat Pekka Rinne. Edmonton could use some luck. Captain Shawn Horcoff's shot to the corner was denied by Rinne's abandoned stick.
Coyotes—The Coyotes (24-16-9) are coming off a 4-3 loss to Los Angeles in which newly acquired defenceman Michal Rozsival suffered a lower-body injury. Forward Lee Stempniak has five goals in the last five games. Other injury concerns are Ed Jovanovski, Brett MacLean and Derek Morris.