Game 44 preview: Ottawa Senators @ Montréal Canadiens
A preview of the game between the Ottawa Senators and the Montréal Canadiens on 4 January 2014.
The Ottawa Senators will look for a season high fourth straight win when they make the short trip across the Canada-Québec border to play the Canadiens in Montréal. Ottawa's winning streak has moved them to within three and four points of Detroit and Toronto respectively. The Habs have not been playing well but have managed to continue winning, thanks in large part to the excellent play of Carey Price.
Craig Anderson will start again while Eric Gryba comes in for Joe Corvo. Jason Spezza will miss his fourth straight game with a hip injury and Patrick Wiercioch will be a healthy scratch yet again for the 15th time this season.
Here are the lines from Bruce Garrioch and John Lu.
MacArthur - Turris - Ryan
Greening - Smith - Condra
Conacher - Zibanejad - Michalek
Kassian - Pageau - Stone
Cowen - Karlsson
Methot - Ceci
Phillips - Gryba
Pacioretty - Deshernais - Gallagher
Bourque - Plekanec - Gionta
Galchenyuk - Eller - Prust
Bournival - Briere - Moen
Bouillon - Subban
Markov - Emelin
Murray - Gorges
Some notes for tonight:
- Matt Kassian is awesome. The Sens are 11-3-6 when he plays and 7-15-1 when he doesn't. Is it because Kassian is elite talent? Is it luck? Probably. It also probably saves the coach from himself by giving more ice time to his ice hockey players.
- Patrick Wiercioch cannot seem to win the trust of his coach to play while Jared Cowen played over 25 minutes. It is too bad.
- I am feeling a lot more confident about this team. Erik Karlsson hasn't created a whole lot offensively since the Pittsburgh game but the team has won three out of four. It's nice to be able to score without Erik doing everything all the time.
- The Conacher - Zibanejad - Michalek was on fire yet again. Hopefully they can get more than 15 minutes of ice tme tonight.
- Conacher has been playing pretty good for the last month with nine points in 11 games.
- Erik Karlsson has fallen four points behind Duncan Keith for the defensive scoring lead. He's five points ahead of third place P.K. Subban though.
- Cody Ceci has quietly played 11 games and very little has been discussed about using up the first year of his entry level contract. He's been solid.
- Carey Price has a 92.8 save percentage. That's pretty good.
- Max Pacioretty has scored two goals in each of the last two games.
Here are some stats leaders for the two teams tonight.
|Goals||Bobby Ryan||18||Max Pacioretty||19|
|Assists||Erik Karlsson||28||P.K. Subban||26|
|Points||Erik Karlsson||38||P.K. Subban||33|
|Shots||Erik Karlsson||132||Max Pacioretty||126|
|Average Ice time||Erik Karlsson||27:19||Andrei Markov||25:26|
|Corsi Close %||50.4%||16th||47.7%||25th|
|Fenwick Close %||49.3%||17th||48.9%||21st|