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The Habs are in Ottawa tonight to take on a team decimated with injuries, starting their third-string goalie in his NHL debut.

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The Habs have another opportunity to take advantage of non-playoff team with injuries to key players. The Ottawa Senators will be without the services of Craig Anderson, Robin Lehner tonight, putting the spotlight on third-string goaltender Andrew Hammond whose AHL record is anything but stalwart this year (7-13-2, 3.51 GAA, 0.898 save percentage with the Binghamton Senators). In one period played with the Sens on Monday when he was brought into the game to replace Lehner, Hammond faced 5 shots and allowed 2 goals.

The Canadiens have been on a run, collecting 11 out of 12 points over the last six games, riding dominant goaltending from Carey Price and timely goals from Max Pacioretty, Tomas Plekanec, Dale Weise and David Desharnais. Where the goals are coming from seems to matter less than keeping them out. The Habs have allowed 9 goals over the last 6 games, for an average of 1.5 goals-against over that stretch. To put that into perspective, the Buffalo Sabres score 1.76 goals per game on average, and the Habs are allowing less goals than they have on average all season, an average that sits top spot in the league at 2.18 goals-against per game.

Dustin Tokarski will get the start tonight, hoping to break a spell of two losses in a row. His record this year of  5-4-2 leaves a little be desired, although the back-up goaltender has proven he is an intense competitor who will do all he can to keep his team in the game. Having faced a similar amount of shots than Carey Price, 359 shots-against over 11 starts, which when extrapolated to match Price's 35 starts, is a similar number to Price's 1,334 shots against at 1,346.

The Senators have only won once in the month of February (1-5-1). Ottawa's Corsi-For % number is 50, which is 0.7 better than the Habs. On the other hand, the Sens allow the 28th most shots on net in the league on average at 32.2, which is something the Habs will want to take advantage of tonight.

The puck drops at 7:00 PM EST.

In Canada (English): Sportsnet East
In Canada (French): RDS
Elsewhere: NHL Center Ice or NHL Gamecenter Live

Montreal Canadiens Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Max Pacioretty David Desharnais Dale Weise
Alex Galchenyuk Tomas Plekanec Brendan Gallagher
Lars Eller Jacob de la Rose Brandon Prust
Jiri Sekac Michael Bournival Christian Thomas
Left Defense
Right Defense
Andrei Markov P.K. Subban
Nathan Bealieu Greg Pateryn
Alexei Emelin Tom Gilbert
Dustin Tokarski
Carey Price

Scratched: Manny Malholtra, Mike Weaver
P.A. Parenteau (concussion), Sergei Gonchar (lower-body)

Ottawa Senators Projected Lineup
Left Wing
Right Wing
Mike Hoffman Mika Zibanejad Bobby Ryan
Milan Michalek Kyle Turris Mark Stone
Shane Prince David Legwand Alex Chiasson
Curtis Lazar Jean-Grabriel Pageau Erik Condra
Left Defense
Right Defense
Mark Methot Erik Karlsson
Jared Cowen Cody Ceci
Mark Borowiecki Eric Gryba
Andrew Hammond
Chris Driedger

Scratched: None
Injuries: Clarke MacArthur (undisclosed), Robin Lehner (upper-body), Chris Phillips (undisclosed), Chris Neil (broken thumb), Craig Anderson (hand), Zack Smith (wrist)

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