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Canadiens vs. Senators: Game preview, start time, Tale of the Tape, and how to watch

The Habs return home feeling confident after three wins in their last four games.

Ottawa Senators v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Francois Lacasse/NHLI via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators

How to watch

Start time: 7:30 PM EST / 4:30 PM PST
In Canada: Sportsnet, Sportsnet Now (English)
In the Canadiens/Senators region: RDS, RDS Direct (French)
Streaming: NHL.tv/NHL Live

The Canadiens are quickly putting their eight-game losing streak that carried through the latter half of November behind them. With a victory on Tuesday night, they have now won three of the previous four games. Unable to keeps pucks out of their net over that rough stretch, they haven’t surrendered more than three goals on any occasion through five games in December, and Carey Price has been beaten just a single time in each of his previous two starts, both coming versus top-10 offences.

After a physical night in Pittsburgh, frustrating at first for a team trying to produce off the rush, then becoming a more even game as Montreal accepted how the game was being played, the Habs will be a bit tired when they host the Ottawa Senators tonight. The three days off they enjoyed before this back-to-back set should see them through the 60 minutes.

Tale of the Tape

Canadiens Statistic Senators
Canadiens Statistic Senators
14-11-6 Record 13-17-1
0-0-1 H2H Record 1-0-0
53.8% (2nd) Corsi-for pct. 48.2% (23rd)
3.19 (12th) Goals per game 2.71 (21st)
3.29 (27th) Goals against per game 3.10 (20th)
20.0% (13th) PP% 9.3% (31st)
75.8% (28th) PK% 82.3% (12th)
L-W-L-W-W Form L-L-W-L-W

It’s not going to be any easier this evening. The Senators probably aren’t going to participate in any playoff games this season, and they don’t have many wins versus teams currently slated to make the post-season, either, however, they did pull off an upset 5-2 win over the Boston Bruins in their most recent game. There’s plenty of desire throughout the roster, just not a lot of talent this year to match.

You’ll probably be shocked to learn that Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored a short-handed goal in that game versus the Bruins, his third of the season and 13th of his NHL career. The good news is the Canadiens are no longer alone atop the list of teams Pageau has had short-handed success against; the Bruins are now tied for that spot, with three surrendered to the Senators centre.

Much of the talk concering the team has revolved around Pageau, especially given his status as a pending free agent. Yet after that incredible goal-scoring run he had in November, he still has just a one-goal edge over teammate Anthony Duclair. Duclair is already halfway to the career-best total he achieved in his rookie season.

The Canadiens couldn’t stop Pageau from scoring when the teams met for the first time this year back on November 20. They did, however, limit the Senators to just his one goal through regulation. It was one of the three games from which they claimed a point in the lengthy skid, falling 38 seconds into overtime after an infamous bit of poor communication between Nick Suzuki and Tomas Tatar on a counter-attack in the extra frame.

Montreal is feeling more confident than they were at that point, so one goal may not be all they’re able to muster this evening. The Senators are a beatable team, and the Habs learned their lesson from taking inferior opponents lightly, so you should expect the home side to prove it’s the better squad.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Tomas Tatar Phillip Danault Brendan Gallagher
Artturi Lehkonen Max Domi Joel Armia
Nick Cousins Nick Suzuki Jordan Weal
Ryan Poehling Nate Thompson Riley Barber

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Ben Chiarot Shea Weber
Brett Kulak Jeff Petry
Otto Leskinen Cale Fleury

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Cayden Primeau
Carey Price

Ottawa Senators projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Brady Tkachuk Jean-Gabriel Pageau Connor Brown
Tyler Ennis Artem Anisimov Colin White
Vladislav Namestnikov Chris Tierney Anthony Duclair
Nick Paul Logan Brown Jonathan Davidsson

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Thomas Chabot Dylan DeMelo
Mark Borowiecki Nikita Zaitsev
Ron Hainsey Cody Goloubef

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Anders Nilsson
Marcus Hogberg