The Philadelphia Flyers are facing what appears to be inevitable elimination from playoff contention, and a deep scoring slump certainly isn't helping matters.
Facing a Montreal Canadiens team that was pretty generous in its own end the last time out could help get them back on track.
Philadelphia looks to avoid a fifth consecutive loss by defeating Montreal for the eighth time in 11 meetings Monday night.
The Flyers (17-21-3) haven't missed the playoffs since 2006-07, but they're sitting nine points behind the New York Rangers for the final Eastern Conference postseason spot.
They've managed three goals during their skid after falling 1-0 to Buffalo on Saturday. Philadelphia has gone four games without scoring at least two goals in regulation for the first time since Jan. 24-30, 2003.
''Nobody likes the position we're in. It's tough to take,'' general manager Paul Holmgren said. ''Scoring three goals in the last four games is, I'm sure, real tough to take for the players, too....