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Game preview: MTL @ OTT

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

CANADIENS (43-27-7) vs. SENATORS (32-30-14)

On Friday, the Habs will take part in a showdown with the Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre.

The Canadiens are coming off a 3-1 loss at the hands of the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. Brendan Gallagher was the lone scorer for the Habs while Carey Price made 30 saves on 32 shots.

The Sens have not seen game action since Wednesday night, when they dropped a 2-1 decision against the New York Islanders. Casey Cizikas scored the game-winner on the powerplay for the Isles halfway through the third period, shortly after Milan Michalek scored for the Sens. Craig Anderson made 25 saves on 27 shots against.

Ottawa has had little trouble lighting the lamp this season, ranking tenth overall in the NHL in terms of goals scored. However, their defense is ranked 28th in the league, resulting in the team sitting three spots outside of a playoff position with six games to go in the regular season.

Out for the Sens is Bobby Ryan, who is done with the season with sports hernia surgery. In addition, Jared Cowen, Jason Spezza and Colin Greening all missed Wednesday’s game with lower-body injuries and may not suit up on Friday.

Douglas Murray has been suspended for three games due to an illegal hit against Mike Kostka of the Lightning. Nathan Beaulieu has been called up from Hamilton and may take part in the game against Ottawa. Peter Budaj will get the nod in goal for the Habs.

Friday night’s game will be the fifth of five season meetings between the clubs. On March 15 2014, the Habs made a historic three-goal comeback in the dying minutes of the game and edged out the Sens 5-4 in overtime thanks to a goal from Francis Bouillon.

The puck drops at 7:00PM E.S.T.

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