Game Preview: Canadiens (32-32-6) vs. Senators (33-31-8)
TV: RDS, SN 7:00 p.m.
Two Atlantic Division rivals will go head-to-head for the final time this regular season, as the Habs and Sens square off on Saturday night at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa.
The Habs most recent game on Wednesday night in Buffalo proved to be just as exciting as it was physical. At the end of the night the Habs skated away with a 3-2 victory thanks to an unassisted overtime goal by Paul Byron. With a combined five goals, four periods, 65 shots on net and of course 100 minutes in penalties, Wednesday night’s clash had it all.
Meanwhile the Senators sit just two points ahead of the Canadiens in the Eastern Conference standings after suffering a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night. As Craig Anderson got the nod against Buffalo, Andrew Hammond could make his first appearance between the pipes since March 8 against Carolina.
Coach Michel Therrien will turn once again to Ben Scrivens after the netminder put forth a 41-save effort in the Wednesday’s overtime thriller. In five career starts against the Senators, Scrivens sports a 2-2-1 record complete with a .924 save percentage and one shutout to his credit. Meanwhile, the coach also announced that Mike Condon will get the nod on Sunday night against the Calgary Flames.
In the injury department, blue-liner Mark Barberio (concussion-like symptoms) is out indefinitely after being forced to leave Wednesday night’s contest against the Sabres after suffering a lower-body injury. The Canadiens subsequently brought Darren Dietz back up to the NHL from the St. John’s IceCaps, as part of an emergency recall. In addition, coach Therrien confirmed that P.K. Subban will not suit up for either of the Canadiens two games this weekend.
The Canadiens presently hold the upper hand in the season series, after picking up five points in the three contests between the two teams this season.