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OTT@MTL: What you need to know

The Canadiens are looking to build on Friday's win over the Flames when the Senators visit the Bell Centre

by Pierre-Antoine Mercier. Translated by Matt Cudzinowski. @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

MONTREAL - The Canadiens and Senators meet for the eighth time this season on Saturday afternoon.

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Here's everything you need to know heading into the game:

Looking back

The Canadiens picked up a huge win on Friday night against the Flames. Forward Tyler Toffoli led the way offensively with both goals in a 2-1 victory on home ice. Linemate Nick Suzuki picked up a couple of assists. For his part, goaltender Jake Allen made 28 saves to register his seventh win of the season.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Dominique Ducharme confirme que Carey Price sera de retour au jeu cet apr��s-midi.Dominique Ducharme confirms that Carey Price will be back between the pipes this afternoon.#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/qbcnyq5DWn

Watch list

20th and 21st: With his multi-goal effort versus Calgary, Toffoli became the first Canadiens player to reach the 20-goal plateau this season, snapping a six-game goal drought in the process. It's the fifth time that the Scarborough, ON native has scored at least 20 goals in a single season over the course of his NHL career. The Habs' no. 73 also required the fewest games of his career to reach the mark (38 GP) and among players skating in their first season with the Canadiens, he became the 10th to reach the plateau prior to his 40th contest. Toffoli now leads the Canadiens with 32 points (21 goals, 11 assists), two more than defenseman Jeff Petry. 

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400: In addition to returning to the lineup on Friday night, defenseman Ben Chiarot also took part in his 400th career NHL game. The Hamilton, ON native played 305 games for the Winnipeg Jets before signing a three-year contract with the Canadiens in July 2019. Chiarot has amaased 90 points (22 goals, 68 assists) and 297 penalty minutes during his NHL career. He was a fourth-round selection of the Atlanta Thrashers (119th overall) in 2009.

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6: Centreman Phillip Danault leads the Canadiens with six points (1 goal, 5 assists) in seven games against the Senators this season. Since the start of the year, the Victoriaville native has registered eight multi-point games, including three versus Ottawa. The former first-round selection of the Chicago Blackhaws (26th overall) in 2011 has four goals, 14 assists and 18 points in 25 career games against the Senators, along with a plus-11 differential. Danault has more points against Ottawa than any other team over the course of his tenure in the NHL ranks.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: On a vraiment besoin d'un surnom pour ce trio.We really need to come up with a nickname for this line.#GoHabsGo pic.twitter.com/qXsgXl5kzR


At the other end

D.J. Smith's squad was edged 3-2 by the Winnipeg Jets in their most recent outing on Wednesday night at the Canadian Tire Centre. Forwards Nick Paul and Josh Norris scored for the Senators. For his part, goaltender Matt Murray made 32 saves in the loss. Ottawa has just two wins in April. The Senators have dropped seven of their last 10 games.

Tweet from @Senators: Paul scores number four on the year! #GoSensGo pic.twitter.com/uy2pWYKujg

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9: Even if Connor Brown's eight-game goal streak came to an end on Wednesday, the 27-year-old right-winger still managed to extend his point streak to nine games with an assist on Norris' tally. TheToronto native has 10 points (8 goals, 2 assists) during this impressive stretch. Brown ranks first on the roster with 14 goals alongside left-winger Brady Tkachuk. The former sixth-round selection of the Toronto Maple Leafs (156th overall) in 2012 has amassed four points (3 goals, 1 assist) in seven games against Montreal this season.

Tweet from @Senators: All good things must come to an end. What an eight-game stretch for Connor Brown! #GoSensGo pic.twitter.com/u6vgSU7c2m

4: With assists on both of the Senators' goals versus Winnipeg, Thomas Chabot moved into fourth spot on the team's all-time points list among defensemen. The Sainte-Marie, QC native has 147 points in 246 career NHL games. Erik Karlsson (518 points in 627 games), Wade Redden (410 points in 838 games) and Chris Phillips (288 points in 1,179 games) are the only blueliners ahead of Chabot in that particular category. The former first-round selection of Ottawa in 2015 leads the club with 28 points (4 goals, 24 assists) this year.

Tweet from @Senators: Friendly deflection 🙂#GoSensGo pic.twitter.com/D9HZUFvdU4

Dominant against Montreal: Goaltender Matt Murray returned to the Senators' lineup on Wednesday night. The 26-year-old Thunder Bay, ON native hadn't seen game action since March 10 due to an upper-body injury. Murray has always enjoyed success against the Canadiens. In nine career games versus Montreal, he has compiled a 7-2-0 record, along with a 2.30 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage. Murray has won three of his four outings against the Habs this year with an impressive .928 save percentage.


On paper

Here are a few key stats from the seven previous meetings between Ottawa and Montreal this season:

OTTAWA   MONTREAL
4-3-0 Record 3-2-2
19 Goals 20
217 Shots on goal 247
24% PP% 16.67%
83.33% PK% 76%

Puck drop is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. ET. You can watch the game on TSN2, TSN5 and RDS, and listen to all the action on TSN Radio 690 and 98,5 fm.

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