KANATA - Here are five things you need to know ahead of Saturday night's matchup against the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre.
1. The Canadiens snapped their five-game losing streak on Thursday night with a 4-3 overtime win over the Capitals in Washington. Defenseman Ben Chiarot scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner in the extra frame. It was Chiarot's second overtime-winner of the season. He also matched his career-high of 20 points that he set last season with the Winnipeg Jets. Shea Weber and Brendan Gallagher lit the lamp for Montreal as well. Carey Price turned aside 29 of 32 shots to register his 25th win of the season.
2. On Thursday night, Gallagher hit the 20-goal plateau for the third straight season and the fourth time in his career. For his part, Tomas Tatar picked up a helper on Chiarot's first goal against the Capitals to register his 34th assist of the season. That's a career-high for the Slovak sniper. The 29-year-old winger has 55 points this season and is just three points shy of tying the career-high 58 points he amassed in 80 games last year.
3. As a result of injuries to Victor Mete and Xavier Ouellet, the Canadiens recalled defenseman Karl Alzner on Friday night from the AHL's Laval Rocket. The 31-year-old hasn't played a game with Montreal so far this season. His last NHL appearance was on January 10, 2019 against the St. Louis Blues. Alzner has one goal and 13 points in 53 games with the Rocket this year.
4. The Senators were also in action on Thursday night at the Canadian Tire Centre. Head coach D.J. Smith's squad dropped a 5-1 decision to the Winnipeg Jets. Forward Nick Paul scored the lone goal for Ottawa. Goaltender Marcus Hogberg gave up five goals on 34 shots. The Senators own a 3-5-2 record in their last 10 games. Centerman Jean-Gabriel Pageau leads the club with 24 goals and 40 points. Winger Brady Tkachuk ranks second in scoring with 38 points (18g, 20a), while Anthony Duclair sits third with 37 points (22g, 15a).
5. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. You can watch the game on City, Sportsnet One and TVA Sports, and listen to all the action on TSN Radio 690 and 98,5 fm. The Canadiens will be back in action on Tuesday night when they play host to the Vancouver Canucks at the Bell Centre. It will also be Jesperi Kotkaniemi Bobblehead Night presented by Bridgestone. To purchase tickets, click here.