The Canadiens held an optional skate at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa on Saturday morning ahead of their tilt against the Senators.
- Fifteen players elected to hit the ice, including goaltenders Al Montoya and Charlie Lindgren, forwards Artturi Lehkonen, Daniel Carr, Max Pacioretty, Andrew Shaw, Alex Galchenyuk, Brian Flynn and Phillip Danault, and defensemen Jeff Petry, Greg Pateryn, Mikhail Sergachev, Alexei Emelin, Zach Redmond and Nathan Beaulieu.
- Saturday night's contest will mark Petry's regular-season debut after he was forced to miss the Canadiens' previous outing on Thursday night in Buffalo with a lower-body injury suffered in the pre-season finale on October 2. You'll recall that Petry underwent season-ending surgery in March to repair a sports hernia.
"It was kind of a fluke incident and I'm glad it wasn't serious," said Petry, who will be paired with Andrei Markov against Ottawa. "I didn't know [how long I'd be out for after it happened], so when I got evaluated they said it was going to be a short period and I was glad to hear that. It was just about getting back to work and taking the steps to make it feel better as quickly as possible."
- Petry's return to active duty means that Sergachev will be a healthy scratch on Saturday night after making his NHL debut in the season-opener in Buffalo.
- Sven Andrighetto cleared waivers on Saturday afternoon and was assigned to the AHL's St. John's IceCaps by the Canadiens. News of Andrighetto remaining in the organization was quickly welcomed by captain Max Pacioretty, who believes the Swiss forward brings a lot to the table skill-wise.
"He's a very good player. I enjoyed playing with him a lot last year when I was on a line with him when Gally [Brendan Gallagher] went down. He's a guy that we're going to probably need in the near future," shared Pacioretty, on the subject of the 23-year-old former third-round selection. "Guys go up and down all the time. He's a very skilled player. Maybe sometimes you wish that a guy like that would get his chance and get picked up, but in terms of our team, we're happy he's going to be here. We feel that he's important to our depth."
Video: Pacioretty on Andrighetto clearing waivers
- Greg Pateryn fully expects a high-octane affair on Saturday night at the Canadian Tire Centre. That's just the way these two teams have played one another in recent years, and it's shaping up to be another entertaining evening in the nation's capital.
"I guess you never know what's going to happen day in or day out, but every night you've got to go out there and compete and battle. These guys, they compete and battle all the time against us," explained Pateryn, who will likely be throwing his 6-foot-3, 221-pound frame around against the Senators on more than a few occasions. "There's a little more hatred between the two teams. I'm expecting it to be pretty physical and I play right into that."
- With Carey Price still on the sidelines with a severe flu, Al Montoya will make his second straight start for the Canadiens. He has a 2-3-0 record, 2.82 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage in seven career appearances against the Senators. Ottawa, meanwhile, will counter with Craig Anderson.
- Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast on City Montreal and TVA Sports, as well as on TSN 690 and 98.5 fm.