In his past four games, Max Pacioretty has had 20 shots on net. Pacioretty's last goal came 21 shots ago, a span over which the Canadiens' captain has gone minus-five. Whatever is wrong with the Habs right now, it's not for a lack of putting the shots on net, or making the right kind of effort. The Canadiens had outshot all of their opponents in their previous three losses before they fell to Red Wings on Thursday. The pucks just don't seem to be going in.
If Max Pacioretty needed to face a team to get him going on the scoresheet, it would be the Ottawa Senators. In his last six regular season games against the Senators, Pacioretty has seven points, including four goals. These teams have already met twice this year, with the Canadiens winning the first game at the beginning of the season by a score of 3-1, and losing the second game 2-1 in overtime at the beginning of November.
The Habs only made one personnel change going into tonight's game, with Greg Pateryn out and Nathan Beaulieu taking his place. The combinations, however, are vastly different than the ones that were iced in Thursday's loss to the Red Wings, with Alex Galchenyuk and Max Pacioretty no longer together. Tomas Plekanec will center the top line once again, alongside Pacioretty and Paul Byron, who will take the right wing spot on the line.
The Senators have been up and down over the past five games, with 3-2-0 record. Craig Anderson has been on an above-average run in his past five starts, with his average save percentage hovering around .920, with one 38-save performance under his belt in a win against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Dustin Tokarski will get his second start in a row, after a 26-save performance against the Wings on Thursday night.
The puck drops at 7:00 PM EST.
How To Watch:
In Canada (French): TVA Sports
In Canada (English): CBC, CITY
Elsewhere: NBCSN, NHL GameCenter, NHL Center Ice
|Max Pacioretty||Tomas Plekanec||Paul Byron|
|Lars Eller||Alex Galchenyuk||Dale Weise|
|Tomas Fleischmann||David Desharnais||Daniel Carr|
|Charles Hudon||Brian Flynn||Sven Andrighetto|
|Andrei Markov||P.K. Subban|
|Alexei Emelin||Jeff Petry|
|Nathan Beaulieu||Tom Gilbert|
Scratched: Greg Pateryn, Jarred Tinordi, Christian Thomas
Injuries: Carey Price (lower body) Brendan Gallagher (broken fingers), Torrey Mitchell (lower body), Devante Smith-Pelly (lower body)
|Mike Hoffman||Kyle Turris||Bobby Ryan|
|Zach Smith||Mika Zibanejad||Mark Stone|
|Dave Dziurzynski||Jean-Gabriel Pageau||Alex Chiasson|
|Mark Borowiecki||Curtis Lazar||Chris Neil|
|Marc Methot||Erik Karlsson|
|Patrick Wiercioch||Cody Ceci|
|Jared Cowen||Chris Wideman|
Scratched: Shane Prince
Injuries: Chris Phillips (back), Clarke MacArthur (concussion), Milan Michalek (finger)
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