OTTAWA - The Canadiens and Senators meet for the final time this season on Wednesday night at the Canadian Tire Centre.
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Here's everything you need to know heading into the game:
Dominique Ducharme's squad overcame a deficit for a third straight game on Monday night, edging the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 in overtime at the Bell Centre. Phillip Danault forced the extra frame when he scored the game-tying goal with 52 seconds remaining in regulation. It was his fifth goal of the season. Then, rookie Cole Caufield played the role of OT hero for a second consecutive contest, scoring with 17 seconds left in the period. Right-winger Tyler Toffoli opened the scoring for Montreal in the second period with his 28th goal of the year. Centreman Nick Suzuki and defenseman Jeff Petry both assisted on all three of the Canadiens' goals. Goaltender Jake Allen made 27 saves to collect his 11th win of the season.
This is the Canadiens' final road trip of the regular season. After battling the Senators, they'll head to Toronto to face the Maple Leafs on Thursday and Saturday at Scotiabank Arena.
Historic start: Caufield certainly enjoys lighting the lamp at key times. Like Danault said following the victory over Toronto: "Cole might be small in stature, but he loves the big moments." That's absolutely true. After just five games with the Canadiens, the 20-year-old right-winger has already etched his name in the NHL record books. On Monday night, he became only the third player to score the first two goals of his career in overtime, joining Albert Hughes (1930) and Brent Seabrook (2005).
The catalyst: Suzuki has clearly elevated his game recently and he has the numbers to prove it. The 21-year-old pivot extended his point streak to six games with three helpers on Monday night. It was his second three-point effort in the last three games. Suzuki has 10 points (4 goals, 6 assists) during his current point streak. The London, ON native has 37 points (12 goals, 25 assists) in 51 games. He's just one goal and four points shy of matching his output from last year.
Mr. Consistency: Toffoli has probably been the Canadiens' most consistent player from a production standpoint this year. The 29-year-old Scarborough, ON native is riding a three-game goal streak and has scored in seven of the last eight games. Toffoli has 41 points (28 goals, 13 assists) in 48 games this season. He's just three goals shy of matching the career-high 31 he registered as a member of the Los Angeles Kings in 2015-16.
At the other end
The Senators helped the Canadiens when they beat the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 on Monday night at the Canadian Tire Centre. Defenseman Nikita Zaitsev scored the game-winning goal with 1:13 remaining in regulation. It was his third goal of the year. Right-winger Connor Brown opened the scoring for Ottawa in the first period with his 18th goal of the season. For his part, goaltender Filip Gustavsson stopped 28 shots to pick up his third win of the year. D.J. Smith's squad is already eliminated from the playoff picture.
Short-handed threat: Brown's tally on Monday night was his fourth short-handed marker of the season, which ranks him first in the NHL alongside Cam Atkinson of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Brad Marchand of the Boston Bruins. The former sixth-round selection of the Maple Leafs in 2012 (156th overall) leads the Senators with 18 goals in 52 games. Brown has four points (3 goals, 1 assist) in nine games versus Montreal this season.
At his best: Centreman Auston Matthews has the most points of any player against the Canadiens this year, but who ranks second in that department? Is it Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid? No, it's Senators right-winger Drake Batherson. The Fort Wayne, IN native has 11 points (5 goals, 6 assists) in nine games against the Habs. The former fourth-round selection of the Senators in 2017 (121st overall), ranks second on the roster with 33 points (17 goals, 16 assists) in 52 games, one point less than teammate Brady Tkachuk.
Minus an important player: The Senators will be without Thomas Chabot for Wednesday night's encounter. The 24-year-old defenseman left Monday night's game with an upper-body injury. The Sainte-Marie, QC native is the second-most utilized player in the NHL this season, averaging 26:17 of ice time per game. Chabot, who was selected 18th overall by the Senators in 2015, has 31 points (6 goals, 25 assists) in 49 games this year.
Here are a few key stats from the nine previous meetings between Montreal and Ottawa this season:
|MONTREAL || ||OTTAWA |
|4-3-2 ||Record ||5-3-1 |
|23 ||Goals ||25 |
|309 ||Shots on goal ||255 |
|16.13% ||PP% ||22.58% |
|77.42% ||PK% ||83.87% |
Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET. You can watch the game on Sportsnet and RDS, and listen to all the action on TSN Radio 690 and 98,5 fm.