The Canadiens were given the day off Sunday after losing 1-0 to the New York Rangers Saturday night at the Bell Centre.
The Canadiens will practise at 11 a.m. Monday in Brossard as they prepare to face the Minnesota Wild Tuesday night at the Bell Centre (7:30 p.m., RDS, TSN Radio 690). After that, the Canadiens will play Friday night in Washington before facing the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday night at the Bell Centre.
The Wild has a 9-1-1 record in its last 11 games, including a 4-3 win over the Canadiens on Nov. 1 in St. Paul. The game will be a homecoming for the Wild’s Torrey Mitchell, the pride of Greenfield Park. The Wild has two other Quebecers on its roster, forward Jason Pominville of Repentigny and defenceman Marco Scandella of Montreal, who is the nephew of former Canadien Sergio Momesso.
Saturday’s loss dropped the Canadiens to fifth place in the Atlantic Division after the Columbus Blue Jackets surprised Ottawa on Sunday afternoon, beating the Senators 4-1. The Canadiens are clinging to one of the two playoff wild-card berths in the Eastern Conference.
The Canadiens rank 21st in the NHL in goals scored with an average of 2.43. They have a 4-5-2 record in their last 11 games, during which they ahve scored only 18 goals, an average of 1.63 per game. The Canadiens matched a season-low Saturday with 22 shots on goal against the Rangers.
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