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Canadiens vs Senators game thread

With Max Pacioretty injured, Habs and Sens renew their rivalry in Montreal

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It's hard to believe that this is the first time the Sens and Habs have faced each other this year. The Habs faced the Sabres three times before they got around to playing the Sens. Funny how that works. The good news is that Habs fans haven't missed anything. Ottawa has been pretty awful this year. While they're not Edmonton awful, they are pretty close. It's not exactly a problem of no one player being particularly bad (though I would posit the names of Milan Michalek and Colin Greening) as much as it is a problem of no one player being particularly good.

There are signs of life. The Cameron era in Ottawa has started off on a cautiously hopeful 3-1-1 roll, Kyle Turris has proven to be an adequate replacement for Spezza, Mark Stone might just be the best 6th rounder to come out of the 2010 draft - Dalton Prout notwithstanding, and last night the Hoffman - Zibanejad - Ryan line lit up the goal lamp against the Ducks scoring three goals.

It might be a good time for the Sens to face the Habs as Ottawa faces a rather precarious Montreal lineup. Leading scorer Max Pacioretty could be out tonight, Mike Weaver is also out, and the team is juggling line combos trying to find the right mix. To wit, Bournival could be skating alongside Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher if Pacioretty doesn't play. Sven Andrighetto has been recalled and is playing alongside Plekanec and Sekac, and David Desharnais has been moved from centre to the wing alongside Lars Eller in Eller's first game back from injury. Additionally Eric Tangradi has been sent down to Hamilton, as has Dustin Tokarski (in a conditioning stint). Joey MacDonald will dress as the back-up to Carey Price.

To be fair, I'm a fan of the line juggling especially when it means youth amongst the top six, but I do worry about the Habs losing their best forward even if it isn't for an extended period (Pacioretty took line rushes earlier today).

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Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Max Pacioretty Alex Galchenyuk Brendan Gallagher
Sven Andrighetto Tomas Plekanec Jiri Sekac
David Desharnais Lars Eller PA Parenteau
Brandon Prust Manny Malhotra Dale Weise
Left Defense
Right Defense
Andrei Markov P.K. Subban
Alexei Emelin Sergei Gonchar
Nathan Beaulieu Tom Gilbert
Carey Price
Joey MacDonald

Scratched: Mike Weaver, Michael Bournival

Injured: Bryan Allen

As for the Sens, here's how they're shaping up

Ottawa Senators Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Clarke MacArthur Kyle Turris Mark Stone
Mike Hoffman Mika Zibanejad Bobby Ryan
Colin Greening David Legwand Milan Michalek
Erik Condra Jean-Gabriel Pageau Alex Chiasson
Left Defense
Right Defense
Chris Phillips Erik Karlsson
Jared Cowen Cody Ceci
Mark Borowiecki Eric Gryba
Robin Lehner
Craig Anderson

Injured: Zack Smith, Chris Neil, Marc Methot, Patrick Wiercioch

Check out the opposing side at Silver Seven