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GDT: Canadians @ Senators 2/25/2013
Posted 24 February 2013 - 12:34 PM
Posted 25 February 2013 - 06:33 AM
February 25, 2013
Scotia Bank Place, Ottawa, Ontario
CANADIENS (12-4-2) at SENATORS (11-6-2)
TV: RDS, TSN-HABS, SPORTSNET-EAST
Last 10: Montreal 6-2-2; Ottawa 6-3-1
series: This is the third of four meetings between these Northeast
Division rivals. Each team won once on its respective home ice earlier
Big story: The Senators are heating up with four
straight wins and can tie the Northeast-leading Canadiens in points with
a regulation win at home Monday. The Canadiens will have forward Max
Pacioretty in the lineup as the NHL Department of Player Safety decided
Sunday that his boarding penalty on the New York Rangers' Ryan McDonagh
Saturday night would not warrant any supplemental discipline.
Montreal seeks to extend its road winning streak to four games and its
road points streak to five as it visits Scotiabank Place Monday. And
while the scoring from the line of Lars Eller, Erik Cole and rookie Alex
Galchenyuk was all the team needed to defeat the Rangers at home
Saturday, it will seek a more balanced attack in Ottawa. Each member of
the line centered by Eller tallied a goal in the 3-0 home win against
The Canadiens have maintained a respectable 18.6 percent
conversion rate on the power play this season, but they face a tough
penalty-killing unit at Ottawa, as the Senators were second in the NHL
as of Sunday with a 88.7 success rate on the kill.
Ottawa tries to extend its overall winning streak to a club season-high
five games and it also seeks to remain perfect on its current homestand,
as Monday marks the last of four straight games played at Scotiabank
Place. And while the Senators aren't exactly blowing away the competion,
they are continuing to rack up all-important points in the Eastern
Conference while missing key injured players, including forwards Jason Spezza (back) and Milan Michalek (knee), defenseman Erik Karlsson (achilles) and goalie Craig Anderson (sprained right ankle).
Senators showed little sign that the rash of injuries are affecting
much in a 3-2 win over the rival Maple Leafs Saturday as a trio of
younger players stepped up to assume the scoring role. Forward Colin Greening
had three points against Toronto, including the game-winning goal in
the closing seconds of regulation. Greening's goal and two assists
couldn't have come at a better time as the winger is trying to prove to
coach Paul MacLean that he belongs in the lineup after he was a healthy
scratch on February 16 at Toronto. 19-year-old forward Mika Zibanejad, who was a healthy scratch last Tuesday against the Islanders, and Erik Condra added two points each Saturday.
hot: Galchenyuk has two goals and two assists over his last four games
for Montreal. ... Greening is riding a three-game point streak for
Ottawa with two goals and three assists over that span.
report: Canadiens rookie Brendan Gallagher returned to the lineup
Saturday after sitting out the last three games due to a concussion, but
left wing Rene Bourque missed the game with flu-like symptoms. Center
Petteri Nokelainen (back) is on injured reserve. ... For Ottawa, the
Spezza, Karlsson and Michalek injuries are considered long-term, while
Anderson is day-to-day. Defenseman Jared Cowen (hip) and forwards Guillaume Latendresse (whiplash) and Peter Regin (upper body) remain on injured reserve for the Senators.
Posted 25 February 2013 - 06:12 PM
Posted 26 February 2013 - 06:22 AM
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