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Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators <H4 class=posted>posted by Dave Stubbs at 7h18 EST on Mar 24</H4>24marchchsens.jpgUpdated Standings | Lineups | AP Preview | Gazette Preview | Game Summary | Event Summary | Boxscore | Boone | Carbo Press Conference

Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau said his team shouldn't have any trouble finding motivation for tonight's game against the Ottawa Senators (7:30 p.m. ET, RDS, rds.ca, cjad.com).

"At this time of the year you're looking for things to motivate you and, in this game, there's a bunch of them," Carbonneau said after the team practised yesterday morning at the Bell Centre. We can clinch a playoff spot and there's still first place and we'd like to keep Ottawa away from us."

The Canadiens' 3-2 shootout win over the Boston Bruins Saturday kept the Canadiens atop the Eastern Conference standings, although Pittsburgh is only one point back and holds a game in hand.

The Habs have been dominated virtually all season when they've faced the Ottawa Senators. But the Senators would gladly trade that success for the Canadiens' spot in the Northeast Division.

Montreal looks to move one step closer to its first division title since 1991-92 when it hosts second-place Ottawa. But the Senators are hardly a walk in the park, Ottawa having enjoyed a decided advantage in head-to-head matches this season. The Senators have won five of the six meetings this season and eight of the last nine overall. They've outscored the Canadiens 9-1 in their two most recent games, including a 3-0 victory at the Bell Centre on March 13.

<H2 class=title>Carbo plans same lineup vs. Senators</H2><H4 class=posted>posted by Dave Stubbs at 18h10 EST on Mar 23</H4>Pat Hickey reports from today's Canadiens practice that head coach Guy Carbonneau expects to use the same lineup tomorrow vs. the Ottawa Senators as that which he used Saturday against Boston.

There's a slight chance that Guillaume Latendresse will be ready to go, having missed Saturday's game with neck spasms, but it seemed unlikely.

Carey Price gets the start in goal.

http://www.habsinsideout.com/

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Sorry about all the code stuff in the post (all copy and paste), it wasn't there when I made the post, it was hiding in the background, bad code. I tried but can't delete it.

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A 5 point lead over Ottawa is nice, but we have to make it 6 or 7. A win in regulation would be sweet. We have the team to beat the Senators, we just have to get over the mental hump that prevents us from playing our game. Sending a message is what we need. GO HABS GO!!

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A 5 point lead over Ottawa is nice, but we have to make it 6 or 7. A win in regulation would be sweet. We have the team to beat the Senators, we just have to get over the mental hump that prevents us from playing our game. Sending a message is what we need. GO HABS GO!!

We'll have to make it 7 then, since we can't make it 6. If we only get 1 point, that means they got 2 and we lose 1 point on our lead. With a 60 min effort and solid goaltending, this game is ours.

GO HABS GO

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Lets hope we play 60 minutes, if we do, we have a good chance of winning this game.

Price must show us(again) why he is the man, the D must play physical and support the offense and the Offense must capitalize on every opportunity.

GO HABS !!

3-1 is my prediction ...

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I look at it as the biggest game of the season because with a win we can clinch a playoff spot, further bury the Sens and send a message to Ottawa that when we decide to play our game, we can beat any team. The motivation is there, we have to wait and see which Habs team shows up.

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In addition to the Kovy/Pleks/A.K. line scoring, it would be nice to see Ryder, Higgins, Koivu and Sergi light the lamp. It will be good to have Begin in the lineup tonight, lets see how long it takes before Ottawa starts taking penalties because of his play.

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Price will play great tonight by feeding off our hungry fans. We will miss Komi tonight but I believe the guys can still get the job done. All scoring lines firing and we shouldn't have a problem. It appears all the lines will remain the same and hopefully they will have obtained some xtra chemistry from the previous game.

Go Habs Go

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The Canadiens need to make a statement tonight. Ottawa just had a tough game against our old friends, the Leafs..... and they will come out flying. Keep Alfie off balance, protect Price and crowd Gerber (or Emery). The Sens have lost forward Chris Kelly for a few weeks.....that'll help....... GO HABS GO

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they couldnt beat the leafs without sundin and antropov so this will be an easy win

Sorry friend, but experience has shown me that at this time of year there ARE no EASY wins. We must win at least one of our games against the Sens, I very much want us to be the champions of the Norteast. (Hmmm, has a nice ring to it !)

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im rattled.this is the first time this year when i cant watch any habs game for the week, i wanna talk to the gary and ask him why he needs to have them play monday and friday! stupid work..... oh well. we need to play a full 60 minutes to win this game,we need get over the sens like we have against the devils, it would just make things so much easeier knowing that we can beat them.

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We'll have to make it 7 then, since we can't make it 6. If we only get 1 point, that means they got 2 and we lose 1 point on our lead. With a 60 min effort and solid goaltending, this game is ours.

GO HABS GO

My bad. I guess 6 doesn't make sense. I want 7 anyways. I was very impressed with the way Gorges stepped up his game. He needs to keep playing with that intensity to fill in for Komi. Can't wait for him to come back. He has played such a huge role this season, and is partly responsible for us being in first.

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Chris Neil and big McGratton in the lineup for Ottawa tonight.

Without Komisarek we're going to have to play to our strengths. Speed! If this game becomes overly physical Montreal may have some troubles. With that said, after Bang Bang Begin's performance against Boston I'm looking for him to throw some solid hits tonight. :o

Another big test for Price!

Hopefully the kid can come through. We really do need a win against Ottawa tonight or in our next game. A win tonight could very well put them out of contention for 1st in the NE division, making a 1st/2nd place finish much more likely for our Habs! ;)

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We will clinch a spot in the playoffs if we win tonight. 1 win boys! 1 win!

their whole season has been about making the playoffs...a win tonight would be exceptional.

i'd by lying if i said i wasn't a little 'on edge' about this game but if the boys could turn it around against jersey they can do it against the sens!

as i've read a few times when it comes to this match up: as long as they don't play tense and wait for ottawa to do something and they go after those two points like it was a playoff game they can do it!

the most important sixty minutes they could/should play!

GO HABS GO!

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Guest Ellie

This game is super important! Ottawa for us is like what we are to Boston in a way, but I know that if the guys play an aggressive game we can definitely win! I hope Price has a great game tonight, he is super :D Go Habs Go!

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Guest Greek Hab
Chris Neil and big McGratton in the lineup for Ottawa tonight.

Time for Begin, Kostopoulos, Bouillon, and Sergei to work together and throw the body.

Hey, I would even get Tom to take Neil or Gratton out of the game for 5 min, so our scorers can concentrate on their game.

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Guest HabsFanStuckInToronto!

When we win this game tonight, the seeding of #1 or #2 will be all but clinched. The Habs are not going to go on some losing streak which means Ottawa will not have a chance to catch us.

I hope this team is ready for a hard fought battle because this is going to be a playoff like game no doubt.

All I can say for my words of wisdom: MAKE OTTAWA PLAY DEFENSE AND SKATE FAST! They absolutely suck at playing defense right now and combine that with our speed, we should be able to get numerous odd-man rushes and breakaways!

GO HABS GO! GO HABS GO! DO WHAT YOU DO BEST: WIN!!!

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