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Canadiens vs. Ottawa

Canadian Tire Centre – April 4, 2014 – 7:05pm


Game Notes

.The Canadiens go into the game tied with Tampa Bay in points and games played. The Habs lead Tampa in ROW (regulation and overtime wins) 37-35 which is the first tiebreaker.

.The Canadiens have won 5 of their last 6 games and 8 of the past 10.

.They have won their last two games against Ottawa by 5-4 scores, both wins coming in overtime.

.Over the last three seasons the Canadiens are 12-3-5 against the Senators. Nine of those games were settled in overtime including three this season. They have earned at least a point in 12 of the last 14 meetings in the regular season.

.Up to their overtime win on January 16th, including last year’s playoffs the Canadiens had lost six in a row In Ottawa.

..The Senators have scored 4 goals in each of their last four games against the Canadiens. Carey Prise was in goal for each of the games.  

….This is the last of a five game Ottawa home stand.  They won the first three before dropping Wednesday’s 2-1 decision to the Islanders.

.The Senators enter the night seven points behind Columbus and the second wild card spot. Chances of a playoff berth are close to none.

.Peter Budaj makes his third start in the Canadiens past 12 games. He has won once in his last five starts. He recorded a 2-1 shootout win his last start March 24th in Boston.

.Against Ottawa, including two starts in last year’s playoffs, Budaj is 0-3-0 with a 5.88 GAA and a .798 save%.

.Craig Anderson will make his third straight start. Over that span he has allowed six goals and has a .944 save percentage.

.Anderson gave up all five goals against the Canadiens January 16th. Prior to that he was 6-2-0 with a 1.88 GAA in his previous eight starts vs. Montreal including last year’s playoffs.  His career regular season record is 6-6-2 with a 2.99 GAA.

.Including his time with Buffalo and the Islanders, Thomas Vanek has failed to score in eleven straight games against the Senators.

..Tomas Plekanec leads Canadiens scorers against the Senators with 2 goals and 3 assists in four games.   Former linemate Brian Gionta has 2 goals, 2 assists while Daniel Briere has scored 3 goals and added an assist.

.P.K. Subban has 13 points over his last 12 regular season games against Ottawa. He has a goal and 4 assists this season.

.Erik Karlsson has 18 points in 22 regular season games against Montreal including a goal and 5 assists in this season’s 4 games.  

Karlsson leads the Senators in scoring by nine points with 20 goals and 70 assists.  He is also minus-18.

.Bobby Ryan is out for the rest of the season with a sports hernia injury. Without him the Senators are 4-1-1.

…Ottawa captain Jason Spezza will return to the lineup against the Canadiens.  He missed the last three games with a minor groin strain.  He was cleared following the morning skate.

Spezza is second in Senators scoring with 61 points but is minus-23.  So-called second line centre Kyle Turris has 55 points and has a plus-21 rating. 

.Ottawa has given up 60 power play goals this season, most in the league. They have been shorthanded a league-high 303 times.

.On special teams the Canadiens are plus-9 (48PPG/39PPGA) Ottawa is minus-14 (46/60)

Probable Ottawa Line Combinations

16-Clarke MacArthur 7-Kyle Turris 61-Mark Stone

9-Milan Michalek 19-Jason Spezza 83-Ales Hemsky

68-Mike Hoffman 15-Zack Smith 25-Chris Neil

44-Jean-Gabriel Pageau 93-Mika Zibanejad 22-Erik Condra

3-Marc Methot 65-Erik Karlsson

4-Chris Phillips 5-Cody Ceci

46-Patrick Wiercioch 62-Eruc Gryba

40-Craig Anderson


Game Statistics –

Season Records – Canadiens 77GP (43-27-7) 93pts. 2nd Atlantic Division Ottawa – 76GP (32-30-14) 78 points 6th in Atlantic Division

Last Ten Games – Canadiens (8-2-0) Ottawa (4-5-1)

Season Series – Fifth and final game. Ottawa has a point in every game (2-0-2) and lead series 6 points to 5.   @Ottawa Nov. 7 Ottawa-4 Canadiens-1   Canadiens led 1-0. 28 seconds later Bobby Ryan scored, then Methot, Borowiecki and Turris.     @Bell Centre Jan. 4 Ottawa-4 Canadiens-3 (overtime) Clarke MacArthur scores 58 seconds into overtime. Canadiens got goals from Briere and Gionta in the third period to tie the game.    @Ottawa Jan. 16 Canadiens-5 Ottawa-4 (overtime) P.K. Subban scores 23 seconds into overtme. Plekanec second goal of the game tid it with eight minutes left.   @Bell Centre March 15 Canadiens-5 Ottawa-4 (overtime) Canadiens trailed 4-1 with four minutes left. Eller, Gionta and Desharnais scored to tie and Bouillon scored in the overtime.

Last Time Out – Canadiens lost at Tampa Bay Tuesday. Ottawa defeated by the Islanders 2-1.

Home/Road – Canadiens on the Road (22-15-2) Ottawa at Home (16-16-6)

Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens ranked 16th 48/268 17.9% Ottawa ranked 12th 46/250 18.4% Penalty Killing – Canadiens ranked third 39/272 85.7%. Ottawa ranked 24th 60/303 80.2%.

Goaltending – Canadiens – Peter Budaj – 22GP (9-8-2) 2.41GAA .910save%. Ottawa – Craig Anderson – 50GP (23-15-8) 3.02GAA .910save%.

Who’s HotCanadiens – Thomas Vanek – five points last four games. Max Pacioretty – four goals last five. Ottawa – Milan Michalek 4 goals last 4.

From the ClinicCanadiens – LW-Brandon Prust (ribs); D-Josh Gorges (thumb surgery); LW-Travis Moen (concussion); D-Douglas Murray (suspension). Ottawa – Bobby Ryan (sports hernia); C-Jason Spezza (lower body); D-Jared Cowen (lower body); Colin Greening (lower body); 




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