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Game #71 | Ottawa @ Montreal | 14 March 2012 7:30 pm EST


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Sens head to Montreal to face Habs

SENATORS (36-25-9) at CANADIENS (27-32-11)

TV: RDS (HD), TSN

Last 10: Ottawa 6-3-1; Montreal 3-6-1.

Season Series:
This is the fourth of six season meetings, and the first of a back-to-back. Despite their last-place standing in the Eastern, Montreal holds a 2-0-1 edge over Ottawa, but both of those wins came away from the Bell Centre. In the only meeting in the Habs' building, on Jan. 14, the Senators prevailed in a shootout, 3-2, on Daniel Alfredsson's conversion.

Big Story:
Montreal and Ottawa have been on nearly identical runs of late – both teams won two straight before losing post-regulation to Buffalo in their last outing – but the more important stat comes in the conference standings. The Senators sit seventh, comfortably inside the playoff picture, and are looking to hedge the four-point gap between them and sixth-place New Jersey.

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Team Scope:

Senators:
Ottawa opened February in a rare offensive slump, scoring just three times in losses to Chicago and Florida. That changed last Tuesday in Tampa Bay, when Ottawa netted seven times in a blowout. On Thursday, the Senators returned home to beat the face the New York Rangers, 4-1. Ottawa gave up an early goal to Ryan Callahan, but scored four straight, dominating most of the contest. Saturday against Buffalo, however, Ottawa failed to finish. Up 3-2 with six minutes to go, Marcus Foligno equalized for the Sabres at 14:06. After a career game against the Rangers in which he stopped 25 of 26 shots, youngster Ben Bishop made 38 saves but lost a goaltending duel with Buffalo's Ryan Miller. With Craig Anderson still sidelined with a right-finger laceration, Bishop should make his fourth straight start.

"When Craig went down the uncertainty makes you cautious," Sens coach Paul MacLean said. "As a coach you like knowing, you don't like hoping. Right now we know we're going to get good goaltending and that makes us all feel a little better."

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Canadiens:
As a disappointing season winds down, Montreal has clearly resolved to fight until the end. The Habs went 2-1 on a three-game swing through Western Canada, including convincing wins over Edmonton and Vancouver. Montreal conceded first, but scored the next four – including two goals from Erik Cole – and Carey Price made 32 saves.

On Monday against Buffalo, the Sabres looked like it would be an easy, 2-1 regulation win. That is, until David Desharnais scored on a snap shot with five seconds left to send it into overtime. Tyler Myers’ wrist shot at 2:01 of overtime to snatch the two points from Montreal.

"There's no quit in this team," said backup Peter Budaj, who stopped 33 shots. "There's a lot of pride and a lot of commitment to the team, to the logo, to the organization and fans."

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Who's Hot:
It's a tale of two Erik's. Erik Karlsson has to be considered a finalist for the Norris Trophy. The blueliner scored twice against Buffalo and has 10 goals and 11 assists in his last 13 games. … Cole, meanwhile, has 3 goals and an assist in his last two games.

Injury Report:
In addition to Anderson, Peter Regin (left-shoulder surgery) and Jesse Winchester (concussion) are also on IR. … For Montreal, Raphael Diaz (lower body), Mathieu Darche (dizziness/upper body), Travis Moen (upper body), Mike Blunden (knee surgery) and Brian Gionta (right biceps surgery) are on the IR.

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Stat Pack:
Ottawa has won six times in its last eight trips to the Bell Centre, and will have a wild card in the surprising Bishop. Unfortunately, Price has performed well against the Senators of late, going 6-1-1 with a 1.62 goals-against average and a shutout since the start of 2010-11.

Puck Drop:
Veteran Habs defenseman Andrei Markov made his return against the Canucks, playing 17 minutes and assisting on P.K. Subban's power-play goal.

"He's a first-class player and he moves the puck so well," Habs goalie Carey Price said. "When we're breaking the puck out, he just has the confidence with it, and it makes a big difference. He's a big boost for us and he's pretty irreplaceable."

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GO! HABS! GO!

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GreatJob.jpgCRB....Enjoy the game.....*don't forget, you may be on camera...smile & wave.;):rolleyes:

GO HABS ???

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The Canadiens host the Senators on Wednesday and will get their first look at big Ben Bishop. the 6-foot-7 Sens rookie goalie — the biggest netminder to ever play in the NHL — who apparently will start for Ottawa.

Acquired from the Blues at the trade deadline, Bishop has started the last three games with Number 1 goalie Craig Anderson not yet ready to practice with the club after slicing his finger in a kitchen accident two weeks ago. Bishop has won two of those games (beating the Lightning and Rangers), lost the post-game skills competition in the third last Saturday to Buffalo, and has looked good enough to continue getting the call from coach Paul MacLean.

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The Canadiens host the Senators on Wednesday and will get their first look at big Ben Bishop. the 6-foot-7 Sens rookie goalie — the biggest netminder to ever play in the NHL — who apparently will start for Ottawa.

Acquired from the Blues at the trade deadline, Bishop has started the last three games with Number 1 goalie Craig Anderson not yet ready to practice with the club after slicing his finger in a kitchen accident two weeks ago. Bishop has won two of those games (beating the Lightning and Rangers), lost the post-game skills competition in the third last Saturday to Buffalo, and has looked good enough to continue getting the call from coach Paul MacLean.

Aren't rookie goalies always good against us? That's a good thing because we need to lose! Great GDT CRB, cows should fly more often, :lol: . Have fun at the game. Tell Marky I said hi. :D

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Kaberle not playing tonight (wife giving birth). Habs recalled St-Denis (of course, we can absolutely not dress a 12 forwards-6 D-men lineup!)

Gomez not playing due to concussion from Myers hit

Diaz still not ready to come back (groin injury)

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Kaberle not playing tonight (wife giving birth). Habs recalled St-Denis (of course, we can absolutely not dress a 12 forwards-6 D-men lineup!)

Gomez not playing due to concussion from Myers hit

Diaz still not ready to come back (groin injury)

According to HIO we did practice with 12 forwards today.

Lines at morning skate: DD & Co., Bourque-Plekanec-White, Geoffrion-Eller-Leblanc, Palushaj-Nokelainen-Staubitz.

D pairings: Subban-Gorges, Markov-Emelin, Campoli-Weber.

Looks like they're comfortable enough with Marky to go with 6D tonight.

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According to HIO we did practice with 12 forwards today.

Lines at morning skate: DD & Co., Bourque-Plekanec-White, Geoffrion-Eller-Leblanc, Palushaj-Nokelainen-Staubitz.

D pairings: Subban-Gorges, Markov-Emelin, Campoli-Weber.

Looks like they're comfortable enough with Marky to go with 6D tonight.

So we've called up St Denis to put him in the press box?

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That's what it looks like to me. Insurance in case something happens pre game.

Not sure about that... there are some tweets out there that St-Denis's going to dress as the 7th D man (with Kaberle and Diaz out). Let's keep in mind that Markov has only been back two games and clearly needs to work on his skating, so having a 7th guy in is probably something Cunneyworth would be keen on. St-Denis's been just as good as Weber and Campoli, and he has a better shot than either one of making the roster next season.

As an aside, does anyone know whether we've reached our quota of 4 post-trade deadline call-ups yet? I can count Palushaj, Geoffrion, LL, and St-Denis, but I'm not sure whether they all counted against that number or whether any are still qualified as emergency replacements for injury. If we've reached the limit, then St-Denis may get a longer look than expected.

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As an aside, does anyone know whether we've reached our quota of 4 post-trade deadline call-ups yet? I can count Palushaj, Geoffrion, LL, and St-Denis, but I'm not sure whether they all counted against that number or whether any are still qualified as emergency replacements for injury. If we've reached the limit, then St-Denis may get a longer look than expected.

Palushaj, Geoffrion, LL count against the quota, St-Denis is emergency linked to Kaberle.

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Palushaj, Geoffrion, LL count against the quota, St-Denis is emergency linked to Kaberle.

Didn't know that was allowed... kind of like a "player's decision" not to play for personal reasons, not an injury in kaberle's case... to boot, the Habs have 18 healthy bodies (with Palushaj back in and 6 D men remaining), so I'm not sure how St-Denis could qualify as an emergency call-up.

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Kaberle not playing tonight (wife giving birth). Habs recalled St-Denis (of course, we can absolutely not dress a 12 forwards-6 D-men lineup!)

Gomez not playing due to concussion from Myers hit

Diaz still not ready to come back (groin injury)

if we had 6 steady NHL caliber defenseman then it would be a different story, Kaberle Campoli Diaz Weber are all atrocious

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i got a question...

in utopia does your hockey team win every game? :lol:

and as a follow up question.... even NOT in utopia wouldn't one think a game starts ON the hour not half way to the next one? :lol:

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Yea yea yea. <_<

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ain't much of a lazy boy...but I guess your make do.:rolleyes:

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