NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, October 25th
(All times eastern)
Ottawa Senators (4-1-0-1) at Montreal Canadiens (5-2-0-0), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators seek their fourth straight victory
tonight when they visit the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre.
Since a brief two-game slide, the Sens have disposed of Anaheim, San Jose and
Washington. On Thursday, Marian Hossa posted a goal and an assist as Ottawa
pounded the slumping Washington Capitals, 5-1, at Corel Centre.
Radek Bonk, Bryan Smolinski, Daniel Alfredsson and Zdeno Chara also scored for
the Senators, who improved to 4-1-0-1 on the young season. Patrick Lalime
turned aside 17 shots in the victory.
Ottawa, which busted the game open with three goals in the third period,
welcomed Martin Havlat back to the lineup and the right wing picked up a pair
of assists. Havlat played for the first time this season after ending a
holdout on October 11. The 22-year-old has averaged 21 goals in his first
three NHL campaigns.
The Senators will host Florida on Thursday to open a brief homestand.
Montreal, meanwhile, has won five of its last six games entering tonight. Jose
Theodore stopped all 34 New York shots he faced to register his second shutout
of the year in a 3-0 Canadiens' win over the visiting Islanders on Thursday.
Theodore faced 17 third-period shots and stood tall to the task, earning his
19th career blanking. He is 4-2-0 with a 1.34 goals-against average and .946
save percentage in six outings this season.
Yanic Perreault, Marcel Hossa and Andreas Dackell scored for Montreal, which
will close out a six-game homestand tonight.
The Habs will visit Philadelphia on Monday.
Ottawa defeated Montreal 5-2 in the season opener on October 9 and has won
three straight meetings. The Sens are, however, only 2-3-1 in their last six
treks to Bell Centre.
10/25 10:01:56 ET