SENATORS (14-12-6) @ CANADIENS (20-11-2)
The Canadiens welcome the Ottawa Senators to the Bell Centre on Saturday night for their final home game of 2014.
Michel Therrien’s troops won’t play in front of their fans until January 6, 2015. They will battle the Islanders, the Hurricanes, the Panthers, the Devils and the Penguins during that span.
Max Pacioretty, who was injured on Thursday night against the Ducks, remains a game-time decision for Saturday night’s tilt. He took part in the morning skate, and a decision on his playing status will be made following the pre-game warmup. If he isn’t ready to return, Michael Bournival could take his spot on the top line alongside Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher. Therrien featured that trio at Friday’s practice session, as Pacioretty did not take to the ice.
For his part, Lars Eller will be back in action after missing two weeks with an upper-body injury. Eller will play center, while David Desharnais will play on the left side. Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau will round out the line.
Sven Andrighetto, who was recalled from the Hamilton Bulldogs on Friday, will be in the lineup against Ottawa.
Carey Price will get the start in goal for the Canadiens.
Meanwhile, the Senators are 3-1-1 since former head coach Paul MacLean was relieved of his duties in early December.
On Friday night, Dave Cameron’s contingent posted a 6-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks. Five players registered two points in the victory, including Kyle Turris and Erik Karlsson, the team’s top point-getters. Both players boast seven goals and 16 assists since the start of the 2014-15 campaign.
Robin Lehner will get the start in goal for Ottawa. Lehner has won six of his 12 starts this season, posting a 2.84 goals-against average.
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