Game 40 Preview and Open Thread: Ottawa Senators vs Montreal Canadiens

Ridly Greig and some minor hockey players take on the Habs for the first time this season.

Game 40 Preview and Open Thread: Ottawa Senators vs Montreal Canadiens
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The Ottawa Senators avoided a scare on Tuesday, outplaying the Colorado Avalanche for 40 minutes before returning to form, allowing 4 goals in the third period to hold onto that 3rd overall pick. Is it too early to be thinking about draft lottery odds ?

Tonight is the first game of the year against the Montreal Canadiens, who have been steadily improving over the last few years, currently with a record of 19-18-7. It's annoying to see positive progress from every Canadian team except for ours, especially since most of Ottawa's core players are already in their prime.

The emergence of Ridly Greig is a bright spot but does very little to move the needle overall. In this 1-7-0 stretch, Greig has 2 goals, 4 assists, and a +5 rating. He can't do everything by himself.

Perhaps adding Jacob Bernard-Docker back into the lineup could help the Sens eke out the occasional victory. A surprising fact is that since the win against Detroit, JBD has played 18 consecutive games without posting a minus rating.

Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 PM EST, and the game is available on TSN2, TSN5, RDS, and TSN 1200.

Projected Lines:


Game 40 Senators Canadiens
Category Player # Player #
Goals Brady Tkachuk 18 Cole Caufield 14
Assists Tim Stützle 31 Suzuki, Matheson 25
Points Stützle, Giroux 38 Nick Suzuki 37
Shots Brady Tkachuk 173 Cole Caufield 159
Time on Ice/GP Thomas Chabot 23:40 Mike Matheson 25:18

Game 40 Senators Canadiens
Category # Rank # Rank
Goals/GP 3.33 9th 2.70 28th
Goals Against/GP 3.77 31st 3.32 23rd
Shots/GP 32.7 8th 28.5 27th
Shots Against/GP 31.3 22nd 33.8 29th
Powerplay % 16.6 24th 18.9 19th
Penalty Kill % 71.7 31st 72.7 29th
Corsi % (5v5 SVA) 49.20 21st 47.79 24th
xGF % (5v5 SVA) 46.71 24th 45.65 28th

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