The Montreal Canadiens (12-33-7, 31 pts) will try to extend their win streak to five games when they visit the Ottawa Senators (19-26-5, 43 pts) for the first time this season at the Canadian Tire Centre Saturday (7:00 PM ET, SN1, SNE, CITY, TVAS) before heading out on their western road trip.
The Canadiens and the Senators, Atlantic divisional rivals, are only meeting for the first time this season, which is already 53 games old. The Senators have won 5 of their last 12 games in the month of February and are looking to finish the month above .500 with a win over the Canadiens. For the Habs, it’s all about riding the wave of momentum with youngsters Cole Caufield and Nick Suzuki, leading the charge, en route to the NHL Trade Deadline on March 21st.
Andrew Hammond is slated to start for the Montreal Canadiens; getting a shot at shutting down his former team. The veteran goaltender won his only game for the Montreal Canadiens in a 3-2 victory over the New York Islanders on February 20th. In that game, he posted a 1.85 GAA and a .938 save percentage.
Matt Murray is slated to start for the Senators. He’s is 5-9-2 this season with a 2.69 GAA and a .919 save percentage.
Montreal Canadiens Notes
Cole Caufield has been on fire for the Canadiens, posting six goals and four assists over his last seven games.
Nick Suzuki has also caught fire recently, putting up two goals and three assists in his last three games.
Ottawa Senators Notes
Tim Stützle has been finding the back of the net a lot lately, putting up goals in three straight games. Can he make it four against the Canadiens?
Thomas Chabot came back from injury for the Senators on February 22nd against the Minnesota Wild and put up a three-point performance. Can he build on that exceptional performance?
Montreal Canadiens Lines:
Cole Caufield-Nick Suzuki-Josh Anderson
Mike Hoffman – Laurent Dauphin – Brendan Gallagher
Rem Pitlick – Jake Evans- Artturi Lehkonen
Michael Pezzetta – Ryan Poehling – Mathieu Perreault
Alexander Romanov – Ben Chiarot
Brett Kulak-Jeff Petry
Kale Clague-Chris Wideman
Ottawa Senators Lines:
Brady Tkachuk-Tim Stützle-Adam Gaudette
Zach Sanford-Nick Paul-Connor Brown
Alex Formenton-Chris Tierny-Tyler Ennis
Parker Kelly-Colin White-Auston Watson
Thomas Chabot-Artem Zub
Nick Holden-Nikita Zaitsev
Erik Brannstrom-Josh Brown