NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, January 17th
(All times eastern)
Montreal Canadiens (26-11-6) at Ottawa Senators (15-21-6), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators will aim for their first three-game
winning streak of the season when they welcome the rival Montreal Canadiens
for tonight's Northeast Division battle at Scotiabank Place.
Montreal has fared well against the Senators recently and will aim for its
fifth straight win against Ottawa tonight. The Canadiens have won both games
against the Sens this year, but Ottawa did get a point in the shootout loss
the last time the team's met on November 20. The Habs have won their last two
in Ottawa after dropping the previous six meetings in Canada's capital city.
The Senators have posted recent victories over Carolina and Atlanta to record
their fifth two-game winning streak of the season. Ottawa hasn't won three
straight contests since March 8-13 of last year.
After posting Tuesday's 5-1 win over the visiting Hurricanes, the Senators
notched a close victory in Atlanta the following night. Dean McAmmond's
second-period goal proved to be the difference, as Ottawa edged the Thrashers,
3-2, at Philips Arena.
Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza both registered a goal and an assist for
Ottawa, which won consecutive games for the first time since earning wins over
these same Thrashers and Pittsburgh on December 3 and 6, respectively.
A Cup finalist in 2007, Ottawa is still at the bottom of the Northeast
Division standings with 36 points.
Brian Elliott, a 23-year-old rookie unearthed in the ninth round (291st
overall) of the 2003 draft by the Sens, made 29 saves in his third straight
The Senators are beginning a three-game homestand tonight and will also host
Washington and New Jersey during the residency. Ottawa is 10-7-3 on home ice
this year and has won seven of its last 10 tests at Scotiabank Place.
The Canadiens, meanwhile, have played well recently, winning five of six and
eight of their last 10 games. Montreal is second in the Northeast Division
with 58 points, but is still 12 behind Boston for first place.
Montreal had a four-game winning streak snapped Tuesday in Boston, but
rebounded with a home victory Thursday against Nashville. Andrei Markov
tallied a goal and an assist and the Canadiens held on to defeat the
Predators, 3-2, at Bell Centre.
Guillaume Latendresse and Andrei Kostitsyn also scored for Montreal, while
Robert Lang recorded two assists.
Kostitsyn carries a six-game point streak into this evening's game and has six
goals and four assists during the run.
Jaroslav Halak made 23 saves in his seventh consecutive start. Halak has
manned the crease while No. 1 netminder Carey Price continues to recover from
a nagging lower-body injury. Price hasn't played since December 30 when he
notched a win in Tampa and is doubtful for tonight's game.
Tonight's outing marks the opener of a six-game road trip for the Habs, who
are 11-7-2 as the visiting club and have won four of their last six away from
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