CANADIENS (19-8-3) VS. SENATORS (15-9-5)
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Michel Therrien’s troops will try to get back on track on Saturday night when they play host to the Ottawa Senators at the Bell Centre. The Canadiens have dropped their last four games, coming up short against the Capitals, Hurricanes, Bruins and finally the Red Wings on Thursday night in Detroit.
The Habs’ latest defeat was particularly tough to swallow as they led 2-1 in the third period before the Red Wings stormed right back with two goals in less than two minutes to pick up their 16th win of the season. Sven Andrighetto (4) and Tomas Fleischmann (8) scored for the Canadiens, while Charles Hudon made his NHL debut and picked up his first career point with an assist on Andrighetto’s tally in the second period. For his part, Dustin Tokarski was solid in goal in the loss, making 26 stops in his first start of the year.
The Senators, meanwhile, are wrapping up a four-game road swing with a stop in Montreal. They previously went up against the Rangers, Panthers and the Lightning, posting a 1-2-0 record over the course of the trip so far. In their most recent outing, Dave Cameron’s squad was bested 4-1 by Tampa Bay. Cody Ceci score the Senators’ lone goal.
Milan Michalek and Clarke MacArthur are still on injured reserve for the Senators. In Michalek’s case, a fractured right index finger has kept him out of action since December 1. MacArthur is still suffering from concussion-like symptoms. He’s played just four games on the year.
Mark Stone is playing good hockey for Ottawa right now, having amassed four points in his last two games. Craig Anderson boasts a 13-8-3 record during the 2015-16 campaign, compiling a 2.76 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage along the way.
Coach Therrien confirmed that Dustin Tokarski will get the start again for the Canadiens. The young netminder had a strong game against the Red Wings on Thursday night, making 26 saves in the 3-2 loss in Detroit.
In addition, Therrien also confirmed that Nathan Beaulieu returns to the lineup after a one game absence, replacing Greg Pateryn.
It will mark the third of four regular-season meetings between the Canadiens and the Senators. The teams split the first two games of the year, with the Canadiens winning in Ottawa before losing in overtime back on home turf.