Pittsburgh has lost a season-high 10 games in a row and it has just two wins in its last 18. The franchise record of 11 straight defeats was set in 1983-84, the season the Pens won just 16 games before drafting Mario Lemieux in the offseason.
Pittsburgh has also lost nine straight at home, two shy of the NHL record, and owns the worst record in the league.
Aleksey Morozov scored the Penguins’ only goal in a 4-1 loss to Boston on Sunday, his first goal in 34 games. The 26-year-old winger had nine goals in 27 games last season and 20 goals in 2001-02.
Pittsburgh will be keeping a close eye on Montreal defenseman Sheldon Souray on Tuesday.
Souray set a franchise single-game record for points by a defenseman with a goal and five assists in the Canadiens’ 8-0 win at Pittsburgh on Jan. 10.
Souray broke the team record of five points, held by defensemen Doug Harvey and Lyle Odelein, assisting on each of Montreal’s first five goals before scoring midway through the third period.
His five assists were one short of the Montreal record of six, set by Elmer Lach in an 8-3 win over Boston on Feb. 6, 1943.
Souray scored his 15th goal of the season and Niklas Sundstrom added two of his own as Montreal beat Chicago 6-4 on Sunday.
Souray, who leads NHL defensemen in goals, ended a nine-game point drought, which dated to his career night against Pittsburgh.
STANDINGS (through Feb. 1): Canadiens - 60 points, 4th place, 9 PB, Northeast Division. Penguins - 30 points, 5th place, 38 PB, Atlantic Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Canadiens - Richard Zednik, 19 goals; Mike Ribeiro, 31 assists and 44 points; Darren Langdon, 96 PIM. Penguins - Ryan Malone, 13 goals; Dick Tarnstrom, 20 assists and 30 points; Kelly Buchberger, 99 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through Feb. 1): Canadiens - Power play: 18.8 percent (39 for 208), 6th in NHL. Penalty killing: 83.2 percent (168 for 202), 20th. Penguins - Power play: 14.5 percent (36 for 248), 23rd. Penalty killing: 77.8 percent (186 for 239), 30th
SEASON SERIES: Canadiens, 3-0.
LAST MEETING: Jan. 10; Canadiens, 8-0. At Pittsburgh, Canadiens rookie Michael Ryder had two goals and two assists in the win.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Canadiens - 12-10-2-2 on the road; Penguins - 7-16-3-0 at home.