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Game 71 preview: Ottawa Senators @ Montreal Canadiens

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The Sens and Habs wrap up the home-and-home in Ottawa

Montreal Canadiens vs Ottawa Senators Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images

After the Ottawa Senators lost 3-2 in a shootout last night to the Montreal Canadiens, both teams hit the road for a rematch tonight at the Bell Centre. Last night’s game gave Montreal a two point lead on the Sens for the Atlantic division lead, although they still have one more game played. Ottawa would push into first with a win tonight, as the one less game played would give us the tiebreaker.

The lineup is expected to stay the same as yesterday, with Craig Anderson starting on the back-to-back.

Here’s the expected lineup for tonight:

Smith - Turris - Ryan
Hoffman - Pageau - Pyatt
Dzingel - Brassard - Burrows
Stalberg - Kelly - Wingels

Methot - Karlsson
Phaneuf - Ceci
Borowiecki - Wideman

Anderson (starter)
Condon

Here’s some notes for tonight’s matchup:

  • The last time Craig Anderson started back-to-back games was on November 26th and 27th earlier this season, stopping 65 of 66 shots en route to 2-1 and 2-0 victories against the Hurricanes and Rangers.
  • Pageau hasn’t scored in his last two games against the Habs. This comes after putting up at least a point in his eight previous consecutive meetings with Montreal.
  • Another player who’s started turning into a Habs slayer is Ryan Dzingel, whose goal last night gave him three points in three games.
  • Dzingel also played in his 100th NHL game last night. Tonight, Mike Hoffman will be playing in his 250th.
  • Looking at the defensive scoring race, Erik Karlsson’s been gaining ground, now only five points back of Brent Burns with a game in hand. Burns has gone five straight games without a point (and a whole month without a goal), whereas Karlsson has seven points in his last five games, and has so led all defensemen in goals and points in the last month.
  • Karlsson’s also tied with Dougie Hamilton for the league lead in games with 3+ points (5 occurrences). It’s two less than the single-season record since 1995, which also belongs to Karlsson in 2015-16.
  • One last point on Karlsson: his six shots on goal last night surpassed Mike Hoffman for the team lead in shots.
  • Against the Sens in his career, Shea Weber has scored 12 points in 15 regular season games, including four power play goals. He was held without a shot last night.
  • It is currently unknown as to who Montreal will be starting in net. Should they start Al Montoya, he has a .885 SV% combined in his last three games. He’s only started four games since the beginning of February.
  • The battle doesn’t end tonight. The Sens and Habs face off for one last time this season in less than a week, on March 25th in Montreal.
Category Ottawa Montreal
Player # Player #
Goals Kyle Turris 23 Max Pacioretty 33
Assists Erik Karlsson 51 Alexander Radulov 32
Points Erik Karlsson 65 Max Pacioretty 60
Shots Erik Karlsson 195 Max Pacioretty 238
Average Ice time Erik Karlsson 26:47 Shea Weber 25:15

Category

Ottawa Montreal
# Rank # Rank
Goals For 2.61 19th 2.70 17th
Goals Against 2.56 10th 2.49 8th
Score and venue adjusted Corsi % 48.09% 23rd 52.51% 4th
Event, Score and venue adjusted Fenwick % 48.24% 23rd 52.11% 4th
Shots For 30.1 17th 29.8 21st
Shots Against 30.3 16th 29.8 10th