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Game preview: Canadiens @ Senators

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL (2-0-0) @ OTTAWA (2-0-0)

TV : RDS and Rogers Sportsnet, 7 p.m.

The Canadiens will play their second game in 24 hours on Sunday night when they take on the Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa. It will be the second game of the Habs’ current three-game road trip. Michel Therrien’s troops played in Boston on Saturday night, and they’ll wrap up the road swing on Tuesday night in Pittsburgh against the Penguins.

The Habs are coming off a convincing 4-2 win against the rival Bruins. The line of Alex Galchenyuk (3 assists), Alexander Semin (2 assists) and Lars Eller (2 goals) led the charge, factoring in on three of the squad’s four goals. Tomas Plekanec also reached another important milestone on Saturday night by picking up his 500th career point. He tallied an empty-netter with 54 seconds remaining in regulation time to cap the scoring. Carey Price made 19 saves over the course of a tilt that also featured the two teams combining to amass 53 penalty minutes. The CH will be featuring the same lineup in Ottawa that downed the Bruins.

For their part, the Senators were also in action on Saturday night battling the Maple Leafs in Toronto. The contest produced the first shootout of the 2015-16 campaign. Ottawa ended up coming out on top on a shootout goal by Mike Hoffman. Goaltender Craig Anderson made 37 saves to earn the win, while defenseman Erik Karlsson picked up three assists.

Mike Condon will get the start in goal for the Canadiens. It will mark the 25-year-old’s first NHL start after spending last season with the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs. Condon saw 93 minutes of game action during the preseason, blanking the opposition with 38 total saves. Given that the Senators will also be playing their second game in as many nights, head coach Dave Cameron opted to start 23-year-old Boston University product Matthew O’Connor between the pipes. He is currently serving as Anderson’s backup while Andrew Hammond is out with a groin injury.

Sunday night’s contest will mark the first of four meetings between the two teams this season, and the first since April 26, 2015 when Therrien’s contingent sent the Senators packing for summer in Game 6 of an opening-round playoff series. Montreal and Ottawa also met in the preseason with the Senators winning both games.

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