Montreal and Calgary are each in the bottom five in the league in scoring, with the Canadiens averaging 2.05 goals per game, just ahead of the Flames (2.06).
The Canadiens, however, have looked more cohesive on offense of late. After losing 3-1 to the New York Islanders, Montreal rebounded to beat the Ottawa Senators 3-2 before falling 5-4 in overtime to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.
Saku Koivu, playing on a new line with Richard Zednik and Michael Ryder, had three assists for Montreal—his first points in six games this season after sitting out the first few weeks of the season with a knee injury.
Zednik had two goals, and Ryder added a goal and two assists for the Canadiens.
“I had chances and they finally went in,” said Zednik, who snapped a 12-game goal drought. “Hopefully, we can all keep playing this way and our line can get more goals.”
Montreal, which has earned at least one point in four of its last five games, concludes its road trip Saturday against the Edmonton Oilers in the Heritage Classic outdoor game at Commonwealth Stadium.
Calgary lost 2-1 in overtime to Edmonton on Saturday, and then beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 in overtime on Tuesday to earn at least one point in consecutive games for just the third time this season.
Calgary has five games remaining on its longest homestand of the season, but the Flames are just 4-4 at the Pengrowth Saddledome.
“Our record at home isn’t very good, so we have to build on this and get a streak going,” Lydman said.
STANDINGS (through Nov. 18): Canadiens - 18 points, 4th place, 7 PB, Northeast Division. Flames - 16 points, 5th place, 10 PB, Northwest Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Canadiens - Sheldon Souray, 6 goals; Mike Ribeiro, 9 assists and 12 points; Craig Rivet, 23 PIM. Flames - Matthew Lombardi, 6 goals; Reinprecht, 9 assists; Reinprecht and Iginla, 12 points; Krzysztof Oliwa, 56 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through Nov. 18): Canadiens - Power play: 11.1 percent (9 for 81), 28th in NHL. Penalty killing: 76.0 percent (57 for 75), 29th. Flames - Power play: 18.3 percent (13 for 71), 11th. Penalty killing: 77.9 percent (67 for 86), 28th.
2002-03 SEASON SERIES: Canadiens, 1-0-1.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Canadiens - 3-4-0-1 on the road; Flames - 4-4-0-0 at home.