NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Tuesday, October 31st
(All times eastern)
Ottawa Senators (5-5-0) at Montreal Canadiens (5-2-3), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators try to get back on track tonight when
they visit the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.
Ottawa had a three-game winning streak ended in Saturday's 2-1 loss to host
Boston. The setback came after victories over New Jersey and Toronto (twice)
that saw the Sens outscore the opposition by a combined tally of 21-5.
On Saturday, Zdeno Chara netted the game-winning goal against his old club
with 4:25 left for the Bruins. His marker capped off a two-goal third period
Dany Heatley scored the lone goal for the Senators, while Martin Gerber
checked in with 30 saves. Heatley's goal was his club-leading seventh of the
Chara's tally came on the power play, thus ending the Sens' streak of 35
consecutive penalty kills.
On the injury front, Ottawa's Wade Redden missed the tilt with an undisclosed
injury and is questionable for tonight.
The Sens will host Carolina on Saturday.
Montreal, meanwhile, has lost two of its last three games. On Saturday the
Habs dropped a 5-4 shootout tilt to visiting Toronto, as Kyle Wellwood scored
the winning goal in the seventh round.
Sergei Samsonov tallied twice for Montreal, while Alexei Kovalev managed three
assists. Goaltender David Aebischer finished with 47 saves on a whopping 51
Samsonov hopes to have turned a corner after posting only two goals in his
first nine games.
The Canadiens will visit Carolina on Thursday.
Ottawa edged Montreal, 3-2, in a shootout on October 14 after the teams split
eight meetings last season.
10/31 10:15:54 ET