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The Montreal Canadiens hope to continue the success achieved on their season-high road trip with a brief appearance at home.
Seeking a fourth straight victory before heading back out on the road, the Canadiens look to extend their recent home dominance over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night.
Playing five games in eight days, Montreal (17-5-4) totaled 20 goals and went 4-1-0 on its trip that included victories over Boston and Carolina.
"This team has obviously developed some very good character," coach Michel Therrien told the Canadiens' official website. "We're a group that plays with a lot of responsibility and I really like what I'm seeing from our guys."
Michael Ryder scored two power-play goals and had an assist while P.K. Subban added three assists in a 5-2 win over Florida on Sunday.
"Hopefully we can keep this going when we get back," Ryder said. "This trip was good for the team and I think we did a lot of good things. Now that we're heading home it's important to make sure we keep playing the same way."
After Wednesday, Montreal heads to New Jersey to begin a stretch of four of six on the road. Though the Canadiens have dropped two of three at the Bell Centre, they've earned at least a point in five straight there.
While Montreal has lost two of three to Ottawa (13-8-5) this season, the Canadiens won 2-1 on Feb. 3 to run their home winning streak in the series to three. They've gone 4-0-1 in their last five on home ice versus the Senators heading into the final meeting of 2013.
This will be the first time Montreal faces Ottawa with Ryder, who has two goals and seven assists in seven games since being acquired from Dallas last month. Five of his points came on a Montreal power play that went 6 for 25 (24.0 percent) on the trip.
"They brought me in to help offensively and on the power play," Ryder said. "That's what I want to try to do and try to help the team. I'm feeling a lot more comfortable on the ice now."
Ryder, however, has been held without a point in 11 straight games against the Senators.
Subban, who has three goals and nine assists in 10 games, has one goal with five assists in his last seven versus Ottawa.
Montreal's Carey Price has a 1.36 goals-against average while winning four of five at home against the Senators.
Ottawa blew a 2-0 lead en route to a 3-2 shootout loss at Boston on Monday. Though the Senators have dropped five of six, they're 4-2-3 during a stretch of nine straight games decided by one goal.
"We did a lot of things right playing against (Boston) for as long as we did and we had an opportunity to win," coach Paul MacLean said. "I thought our team competed from start to finish and were very deserving of a point if not more."
Robin Lehner and Ben Bishop continue to see time in place of top goaltender Craig Anderson, who is expected to miss his ninth straight game with a sprained ankle. Bishop has allowed seven goals while losing two starts since recording a career-high 44 saves in a 2-1 shootout victory over Montreal on Feb. 25.
Kyle Turris snapped a 21-game goal drought Monday.
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