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Game 29 Preview: Montréal Canadiens @ Ottawa Senators

Sens look to rebound in back half of home-and-home.

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

After seeing their three-game winning streak grind to a halt on Monday night, the Ottawa Senators (12-13-3) will attempt to get the ball rolling again tonight, in their second of two games against the Montréal Canadiens (13-10-5) this week.

The Habs got the best of Ottawa, Monday, when a three-goal second period propelled them to a 5-2 victory. In what amounts to a key divisional matchup, it will be important for the Senators to try to avenge that loss tonight. Montréal currently sits in the final wild card spot in the East, with 31 points, while the Sens are four points back.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30ET, and you can catch this one on TSN5, TSN2, and RDS. As always, Dean Brown and Gord Wilson will have the call on TSNRadio 1200, and Montréal’s TSN690 will also carry the game.

Ottawa looks to ice the same lineup as they did Monday night, with the only change coming if Max Lajoie feels he can play after taking warmup, so keep an eye on that. Craig Anderson starts for the Senators.

Game Notes:

  • The rivalry appears to be alive and well, as Habs forward Max Domi ended up jumping rookie Drake Batherson on Monday. Batherson took a sucker punch or two, and clearly wanted no part of the altercation. Very brave of Domi to jump a rookie with no Mark Borowiecki in the lineup. Look for someone like Justin Falk to respond tonight.
  • Montréal’s Jonathan Drouin had an interesting comment the other day, when he told the media “We hate [Ottawa] as much as they hate each other-as much as they hate us...”. Sure, he probably just misspoke, but one has to wonder whether or not this was a jab at the Senators’ organization.
  • Brady Tkachuk has been held pointless in his last three games, the longest stretch since his debut. Look for him to get back on the scoresheet tonight.
  • Monday’s contest saw Zack Smith’s three-game point streak come to an end, but his play has been really solid of late. Hopefully he can keep it up and get back on the board tonight.
  • Here’s a look at the Canadiens’ probable line combinations and pairings, courtesy of Left Wing Lock.
  • Monday night was the 140th meeting between Ottawa and Montréal. Despite the loss, the Senators hold the all-time lead, posting a record of 65-62-8, with five ties. The Habs have outscored them 409-405. Thanks to for the stats.
  • Thursday + Home Game = Centennial Jerseys

As always, here are some stats. Courtesy of and Natural Stat Trick:

Team Stats

Category Ottawa Senators Columbus Blue Jackets
Category Ottawa Senators Columbus Blue Jackets
-- Value Rank Value Rank
Goals/GP 3.15 11th 3.24 9th
Goals Against/GP 3.92 31st 3.03 19th
Shots/GP 29.2 25th 32.0 13th
Shots Against/GP 37.4 31st 30.5 8th
Powerplay % 21.8 11th 13.4 30th
Penalty Kill % 74.5 28th 79.2 16th
Corsi (5v5, Score & Venue Adjusted) 42.91 31st 49.86 15th
Fenwick (5v5, SVA) 43.25 31st 51.42 11th

Player Stats

Ottawa Senators Washington Capitals
Ottawa Senators Washington Capitals
-- Player # Player #
Goals Mark Stone 18 Cam Atkinson 23
Assists Thomas Chabot 28 Artemi Panarin 29
Points Mark Stone 43 Artemi Panarin 41
Shots Thomas Chabot 100 Cam Atkinson 149
TOI/GP Thomas Chabot 23:52 Seth Jones 26:18