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Montreal Canadiens (9-5-2) at Ottawa Senators (4-14-1)

Tonight: Sportsnet, RDS, 7 p.m.
Tuesday: TSN, RDS, 7 p.m.

Season series
Senators 1-1-0 4 GF
Canadiens 1-1-0 4 GF

Previous scores (home team in caps)
Feb. 2: MONTREAL 2, Ottawa 3
Feb. 4: Montreal 2, OTTAWA 1

TEAM SCORING LEADERS VS OPPONENT

SENS vs. CANADIENS
Tim Stuetzle 2-1-2-3 E
Thomas Chabot 2-1-1-2 Minus 1
Erik Brannstrom 2-0-1-1 Plus 2
Drake Batherson 2-0-1-1 Even
Colin White 2-1-0-1 Minus 1

CANADIENS vs. SENS
Josh Anderson 2-2-0-2 Plus 1
Phillip Danault 2-0-2-2 Plus 1
Jonathan Drouin 2-0-1-1 E
Nick Suzuki 2-0-1-1 E
Brendan Gallagher 2-1-0-1 E

FIVE KEYS TO THE GAME

MORE MURRAY: After his shaky start to the season, Matt Murray regained his form with a pair of solid performances against the Canadiens in early February, stopping 66 of 70 shots. The expectation is that Jake Allen will draw the start for the Canadiens after Montreal’s game against Toronto Saturday.

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PRESSING THE POWER BUTTON: Perhaps seeing the Canadiens again will re-ignite the Senators struggling power play. Ottawa hasn’t scored with the man advantage since the last time it faced Montreal. The Senators need to find offence where they can get it. In eight of 19 games, they’ve been held to a single goal.

DEFENDING THE HOUSE: Fans or no fans, the Senators aren’t proud of their 1-5-1 mark at Canadian Tire Centre, the worst home record in the league. In 2019-20, the Senators were 18-13-6 in the arena. On Feb. 6, the Canadiens turned the tables on Ottawa, winning at CTC after losing at Bell Centre two night earlier.

WEBER WATCH: The last time the clubs met, Shea Weber was the Great Wall of Montreal, with four hits and two blocked shots in his 27:10 of ice time. There’s also a feud with Brady Tkachuk that lingers. It’s all fun and games — and sticks and cross-checks — when the two meet up in the crease.

QUICKER ON THE DRAW: Nick Suzuki had a pair of rough outings against the Senators in the faceoff dot in the previous meetings, going a combined 10-22. That’s a winning percentage of 31.3 percent and D.J. Smith will have last line change Sunday. The Senators have gradually improved in the faceoff circle overall in the past couple of weeks.

Feb 6, 2021; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators left wing Brady Tkatchuk (7) shoots on Montreal Canadiens goalie Jake Allen (34) in the second period at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: IMAGN-445092
FILE: Senators left-winger Brady Tkachuk shoots on Canadiens goalie Jake Allen. Photo by Marc DesRosiers /USA TODAY Sports

PROJECTED LINES

OTTAWA SENATORS

FORWARD
Brady Tkachuk – Josh Norris – Connor Brown
Tim Stuetzle – Derek Stepan – Drake Batherson
Nick Paul – Colin White – Evgenii Dadonov
Artem Anisimov – Chris Tierney – Austin Watson

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DEFENCE
Mike Reilly – Nikita Zaitsev
Erik Brannstrom – Artem Zub
Christian Wolanin – Erik Gudbranson

GOALTENDERS
Matt Murray
Marcus Hogberg
Joey Daccord

MONTREAL CANADIENS

FORWARD
Tyler Toffoli – Phillip Danault – Brendan Gallagher
Jonathan Drouin – Nick Suzuki – Josh Anderson
Tomas Tatar – Jesperi Kotkaniemi – Joel Armia
Artturi Lehkonen – Jake Evans – Paul Byron

DEFENCE
Ben Chiarot – Shea Weber
Joel Edmundson – Jeff Petry
Victor Mete – Alexander Romanov

GOALTENDERS
Jake Allen
Carey Price

SPECIAL TEAMS (not including last night’s game)
Ottawa PP 11.6 (28th) PK 73.0 (27th)
Montreal PP 20.8 (15th) PK 80.0 (17th)

INJURIES
Ottawa:
Marcus Hogberg (lower body), Thomas Chabot (upper body, questionable)
Montreal: None

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