CANADIENS (27-12-3) @ SENATORS (17-17-8)
The Canadiens will be back in action on Thursday in Ottawa, less than 24 hours after sealing a spectacular 3-2 comeback win in Columbus.
On Wednesday in Ohio, the Habs scored three goals in less than four minutes late in the third to overcome a two-goal deficit against the Blue Jackets.
All three goals – courtesy of Max Pacioretty, twice, and P.K. Subban – were scored on the power play, instantly bumping the unit’s ranking from 28th to 24th league-wide.
Head coach Michel Therrien has not confirmed his roster in Ottawa, although Dustin Tokarski could make his first start in goal since notching a 36-save win against the Panthers in Florida on December 30.
On the other end of the ice, Ottawa is coming off a 5-4 loss against the Stars – and former Senator Jason Spezza – in Dallas on Tuesday.
Despite a mid-December coaching change, the Senators continue to be unable to find their rhythm, having yet to win more than two games in a row while compiling a 6-6-3 record since Dave Cameron took over behind the bench.
Craig Anderson, who has allowed two goals or less in four of his last five starts, will get the start for the Sens. In 28 games this season, Anderson has compiled a 2.35 goals against average and 0.928 save percentage.
Ottawa defenseman Chris Phillips, meanwhile, will be out of the lineup on Thursday. Patrick Wiercioch will take his spot on the blue line.
Most recently this season, on December 20 in Montreal, the Canadiens bested the Senators 4-1 at the Bell Centre. The Eastern Canadian rivals will meet two more times before the end of the 2014-15 campaign.