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Can the Habs get back on the winning track?

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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: NBCSNNHL GameCenter, NHL Center Ice

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Center
Right Wing
Max Pacioretty Tomas Plekanec Paul Byron
Lars Eller Alex Galchenyuk Dale Weise
Tomas Fleischmann David Desharnais Daniel Carr
Charles Hudon Brian Flynn Sven Andrighetto
Left Defense
Right Defense
Andrei Markov P.K. Subban
Alexei Emelin Jeff Petry
Nathan Beaulieu Tom Gilbert
Goaltenders
Dustin Tokarski
Mike Condon

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)

Ottawa Senators Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Center
Right Wing
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
Left Defense
Right Defense
Marc Methot Erik Karlsson
Patrick Wiercioch Cody Ceci
Jared Cowen Chris Wideman
Goaltenders
Craig Anderson
Chris Driedger

Scratched: Shane Prince
Injuries: Chris Phillips (back), Clarke MacArthur (concussion), Milan Michalek (finger)

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