ST. PAUL, Minnesota (Ticker) -- The Montreal Canadiens try to
avoid a season-high fourth consecutive loss on Thursday when
they visit the Xcel Energy Center to face the Minnesota Wild.
The Canadiens have lost three in a row for the third time this
season following a five-game unbeaten streak. They have not
lost four consecutive games since a five-game slide from
February 18-27, 2003.
Montreal opened a two-game road trip with a 2-1 loss to the
Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday. Saku Koivu scored the lone for the
Canadiens, who have managed only two goals during their losing
streak while allowing 10.
Montreal was without right wings Jason Ward and Pierre Dagenais
and center Steve Begin. Ward and Begin have shoulder injuries
while Dagenais began serving a two-game suspension for hitting
Toronto's Bryan Marchment in the face with his stick on Monday.
The Canadiens have lost consecutive road games after going
without a loss in their previous five. They are 11-10-2-2 away
from home this season.