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Game #31 ~ Ottawa Senators @ Montreal Canadiens. Sunday, December 12th, 2015.


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Ottawa Senators @ Montreal Canadiens

CANADIENS (19-8-3) VS. SENATORS (15-9-5)

TV: CBC, TVA SPORTS, CITY MONTREAL

7:00pm

The Habs’ latest defeat was particularly tough to swallow as they led 2-1 in the third period before the Red Wings stormed right back with two goals in less than two minutes to pick up their 16th win of the season. Sven Andrighetto (4) and Tomas Fleischmann (8) scored for the Canadiens, while Charles Hudon made his NHL debut and picked up his first career point with an assist on Andrighetto’s tally in the second period. For his part, Dustin Tokarski was solid in goal in the loss, making 26 stops in his first start of the year.

The Senators, meanwhile, are wrapping up a four-game road swing with a stop in Montreal. They previously went up against the Rangers, Panthers and the Lightning, posting a 1-2-0 record over the course of the trip so far. In their most recent outing, Dave Cameron’s squad was bested 4-1 by Tampa Bay. Cody Ceci score the Senators’ lone goal.

Milan Michalek and Clarke MacArthur are still on injured reserve for the Senators. In Michalek’s case, a fractured right index finger has kept him out of action since December 1. MacArthur is still suffering from concussion-like symptoms. He’s played just four games on the year.

Mark Stone is playing good hockey for Ottawa right now, having amassed four points in his last two games. Craig Anderson boasts a 13-8-3 record during the 2015-16 campaign, compiling a 2.76 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage along the way.

Mike Condon will likely get the start for the Canadiens. He’s gone up against the Senators twice this year, and given up just three total goals, including a single tally in his first career start on October 11, 2015.

It will mark the third of four regular-season meetings between the Canadiens and the Senators. The teams split the first two games of the year, with the Canadiens winning in Ottawa before losing in overtime back on home turf.

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Sorry for the kind of lame GDT. I'm going away for the weekend and I've been kind of busy, but I didn't want to ask anyone (aka kinot or 93) to cover for me.


Enjoy the game, everyone. ^_^

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Lame? Certainly not. Enjoy your weekend, Clues! Any time you get to miss a Senators game is a treat indeed. :P

Thanks, 93! I was literally just going to write "Senators @ Canadiens" but I figured I should put a little more effort in to it. :P

And I will be watching the game actually. Near Ottawa. With my Senators-fan grandfather. So I will not hear the end of it if we don't win haha.

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Anderson in.

Hoffman in contract talks and has had his ice time cut recently.

We are talking a lot of shots this year and Karlsson is still the Norris guy. (not to me)

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If i had to pick out our 4 worst offensive forwards, they would be in order Flynn, Byron, Carr, and Weise. Yet for some reason, those 4 players are all on different lines. So each and every line has a player on it who is going to make it harder to create offence, and the 4th line likely won't see much action and will be a bit of a waste of Hudon and Andrighetto's talents.

The good news is that we've maximized the offensive ability of our D again by re-inserting Beaulieu. And we're playing the Sens, who tend to sit back and play a defensive shell of a game anyways. So I absolutely would not be surprised if we end up winning the shot and shot attempt and scoring chance battle. The questions will be whether our guys can actually capitalize on their scoring chances and whether Tokarski can hold the fort in the first half of the game. I feel like if we get a lead of 2 goals, we'll be fine. If we allow the Sens to seize momentum early on one of their rare chances, it gives them the ability to sit back and do nothing but goon around. Our PP needs to be better if we do end up getting opportunities, but with the Sens' thuggery and the number of small forwards we have playing in this game (Ghetto, Hudon, Flynn, Byron, DD...), I wouldn't be surprised if we get 4-5 powerplays but see 20-30 Sens infractions go uncalled, just "because calling all of them would be unfair to Ottawa." Same old story every time we play these guys.

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