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Game Preview: Senators @ Canadiens

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

SENATORS (5-4-2) @ CANADIENS (11-2-0)

TV: RDS CITY, SNE 7:30 p.m.

The Canadiens and the Senators are set to face off for the second time this season, Tuesday night at the Bell Centre.

In the first duel between the two teams on October 11, the Canadiens came away victorious with a 3-1 win in Ottawa. Canadiens’ rookie goaltender Mike Condon remembers the game well, as he backstopped the Habs to his first career NHL victory.

The American netminder, who has won three additional games since, will be between the posts once again against the Senators, as starter Carey Price is nursing a lower-body injury that will force him to miss at least a week of action.

On Sunday, Condon made 18 saves in a win 5-1 against the Winnipeg Jets to extend his perfect start to his NHL career. Chris Thorburn scored a goal late in the third period to break Condon’s bid for his first NHL shutout. The 25-year-old goaltender currently leads the NHL in both save percentage (.944) and goals against average (1.51).

The trio of David Desharnais, Tomas Fleischmann and Dale Weise stood out for the Canadiens once again on Sunday. Fleischmann (2G-1A) and Desharnais (1G-2A) both celebrated three-point nights against the Jets.

Michel Therrien confirmed he will not make any changes to his lineup for Tuesday night’s game against Ottawa. Alexander Semin, Jarred Tinordi Greg Pateryn and should therefore be left out of Tuesday’s lineup.

In the opposition’s camp, the Senators will be without Mark Stone, who was suspended for two games because of a controversial hit on Landon Ferraro of the Detroit Red Wings during last Saturday's game. The NHL Department of Player Safety delivered its verdict Monday.

The loss of Stone (3G-10A) could hurt Dave Cameron and the Senators as the right wing is the currently the club’s leading scorer this season.

The Senators, who lost their most recent game against Detroit, won three of their first four games to start the regular season, but have celebrated victories in just two of their last seven games.

Curtis Lazar and Mike Hoffman will be back in the lineup after missing four and three games.

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