Canadiens at Ottawa
October 23, 2010 7:15pm
Season Record – Montreal 3-2-1 Ottawa 2-4-1
Recently – Montreal – Shutout 3-0 by New Jersey at the Bell Centre Thursday. Ottawa beat the Sabres 4-2 in Buffalo last night.
The Overview – Montreal is looking for it’s third straight win on the road having won in Pittsburgh and Buffalo following their season opening loss in Toronto.The loss against New Jersey snapped a 4 game streak in which they picked up at least a point. The Canadiens have lost three of their last four games in Ottawa.
Head to Head – Second meeting between the clubs in eight days. The Canadiens came from behind 3-1 to win 4-3 last Saturday in Montreal. Jeff Halpern, Andrei Kostitsyn and Tomas Plekanec scored the comeback goals. They each had a goal and an assist. Kostitsyn was named the game’s first star. Prior to that game the Senators had beaten the Canadiens four times in a row and seven of the last eight.
Goaltending – Montreal – Carey Price has played all six games – 2.64GAA Save% .907. Ottawa – Brian Elliott Four games with a 3.84GAA – Save% .888. He is 3-2-1 with a 3,11GAA career vs. Montreal. Robin Lehner has played 34 minutes 0.00 GAA. He made three saves in his NHL debut against Montreal last Saturday when Elliott had to leave the game for a skate repair.
Lineup Changes – Lars Eller will play centre for the first time this season on a line with Travis Moen and Mathieu Darche. Dustin Boyd will be a healthy scratch along with Ryan O’Byrne who will be in the press box for the fourth straight game. In the absence of Jason Spezza (groin), Mike Fisher will centre Milan Michalek and Daniel Alfredsson.
Who’s Hot – Montreal – Nobody off the New Jersey game. Tomas Plekanec leads the team with 5 points. Brian Gionta has 6 goals and 6 assists in his last 13 games vs. the Senators. Ottawa – Daniel Alfredsson recorded his 8th career hattrick and his 1,000th career point against Buffalo Friday night (the third goal into an empty net). 101 of his 1000 points have been against the Canadiens. He has eight points in seven games. 3 goals and 15 points in his last 11 games vs. Montreal.
The Canadiens Lineup
LW C RW
13-Michael Cammalleri 14-Tomas Plekanec 46-Andrei Kostitsyn
94-Tom Pyatt 11-Scott Gomez 21-Brian Gionta
57-Benoit Pouliot 15-Jeff Halpern 40-Maxim Lapierre
32-Travis Moen 81-Lars Eller 52=Mathieu Darche
Defence Left Right
75-Hal Gill 26-Josh Gorges
46-Roman Hamrlik 6-Jaroslav Spacek
45-Alexandre Picard 76-P.K. Subban
Goal 31-Carey Price
Scratches – 17-Dustin Boyd 20-Ryan O’Byrne