With nine players listed on the injury reserve, the Canadiens stumble in Ottawa after taking an exciting 3-2 overtime win in Buffalo Wednesday night, a win that cost them yet another body with Mark Barberio the victim this time around. The Habs have 254 man-games lost to injury, which ranks them sixth in the NHL behind five other non-playoff teams.
With eleven games left in the season, the quest for the playoffs is 0.1 percent away from being lost in mathematical terms. It's all but over. In the meantime, there's a chance to watch Alex Galchenyuk continue to tear it up and add to his point total since February 24th where he has had 14 points in 11 games.
The Senators lost in Buffalo last night, so the Habs should have the jump on the Sens, who have also experienced a very disappointing season after showing so much promise late in the 2014-15 season. Scott Gomez finds himself on the Sens' third line if that's any sign of how things have been going for them.
Lineup notes: Mark Barberio will not play tonight after leaving Wednesday's game with concussion-like symptoms; Alexei Emelin will move up to the top pairing in his place; P.K. Subban will miss both tonight and tomorrow night's game still battling a neck injury; Darren Deitz was called back up from St. John's to fortify the defensive corps; Mike Brown remains in the lineup; Ben Scrivens gets the start after a strong performance Wednesday in Buffalo.
The puck drops at 7:00 PM EDT.
How To Watch:
In Canada (French): TVA
In Canada (English): CBC, City
Elsewhere: NHL GameCenter, NHL Center Ice, NHL.TV
|Max Pacioretty||Alex Galchenyuk||Sven Andrighetto|
|Lars Eller||Tomas Plekanec||Paul Byron|
|Lucas Lessio||Michael McCarron||Torrey Mitchell|
|Stefan Matteau||Philip Danault||Mike Brown|
|Andrei Markov||Alexei Emelin|
|Nathan Beaulieu||Greg Pateryn|
Scratched: Jacob de la Rose
Injuries: Carey Price (lower body), Daniel Carr (lower body), Jeff Petry (lower body), Brian Flynn (lower body), David Desharnais (broken foot), Tom Gilbert (lower body), Brendan Gallagher (lower body), P.K. Subban (neck), Mark Barberio (concussion-like symptoms)
|Zach Smith||Jean-Gabriel Pageau||Mark Stone|
|Mike Hoffman||Mika Zibanejad||Alex Chiasson|
|Matt Puempel||Scott Gomez||Bobby Ryan|
|Nicholas Paul||Curtis Lazar||Chris Neil|
|Marc Methot||Erik Karlsson|
|Dion Phaneuf||Cody Ceci|
|Michael Kostka||Chris Wideman|
Scratched: Patrick Wiercioch, Nick Paul
Injuries: Mark Borowiecki (knee), Kyle Turris (high ankle sprain), Clarke MacArthur (concussion), Chris Phillips (back)
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