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Senators, Canadiens face off again

Sens look to end Montreal's home success

Sunday, 02.3.2013 / 9:59 AM ET / News
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Senators, Canadiens face off again

SENATORS (5-2-1) at CANADIENS (5-2-0)

TV: CBC, RDS

Season series: This is the second of four meetings between the teams. The Senators cruised to a 5-1 win against the Canadiens on Jan. 30 at Scotiabank Place.

Big story: Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban made his season debut Saturday afternoon, helping his club earn a 6-1 victory against the Buffalo Sabres at the Bell Centre. Subban had an assist and a plus-1 rating in 18:01 of ice time.

Team scope:

Senators: Ottawa suffered a setback after last Wednesday’s impressive showing against the Canadiens, as the Sens were blanked in a 1-0 loss at Carolina on Friday. Dan Ellis stopped all 33 shots he faced for the Hurricanes.

"It was much like I thought it would be," Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said. "It was a fast game and they went up and down the rink, and both teams skated. They got one and we got none. I thought both goalies played well and both special teams were either unlucky or the penalty killers were good. But I thought it was a good game."

Canadiens: One of the biggest reasons why the Habs failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2011-12 was their home record, as Montreal finished the season just one game above the .500 mark (16-15-10). New coach Michel Therrien is trying to rectify that, and thus far has been successful – with Saturday’s win, the Canadiens improved to 4-1-0 on home ice this season.

"I always believed this is the greatest place to play," Therrien said. "We have to play a game where we're pushing the pace, because I believe our team has speed. And pushing the pace makes it difficult on everyone. When we talk about being tough to play against, it's not only the physical aspect. It's our work ethic, our decisions with the puck, all these little things make teams tough to play against. Right now our team is buying into that."

Who’s hot: Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson was named the NHL’s First Star for January. He is 5-1-1 and has not allowed a goal after the first period in any of his seven appearances. … Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov has eight points (four goals, four assists) in seven games, while fellow blueliner Raphael Diaz has eight assists.

Injury report: Ottawa is without Jason Spezza (back), Jared Cowen (hip) and Mike Lundin (broken finger). … The Canadiens are missing Max Pacioretty (appendicitis) and Petteri Nokelainen (back).

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
2 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
3 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
4 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
5 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
6 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
7 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
8 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 54 11 48 9 59
B. Ryan 53 19 26 -2 45
M. Hoffman 50 23 18 5 41
M. Stone 52 16 25 -10 41
M. Zibanejad 53 11 22 -1 33
K. Turris 48 13 17 -11 30
J. Pageau 54 13 10 6 23
Z. Smith 53 11 5 7 16
C. Ceci 47 5 11 -1 16
C. Lazar 49 5 9 0 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 22 17 4 .914 2.86
A. Hammond 3 5 2 .900 3.10