BROSSARD - The Canadiens skated at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Tuesday morning in preparation for their game against the Ottawa Senators at the Bell Centre.
- Prior to the on-ice session, Zach Redmond, Artturi Lehkonen and Brian Flynn all hit the ice with strength and conditioning coach Pierre Allard and athletic therapist Vincent Roof-Racine to continue rehabbing their respective injuries.
- Daniel Carr returns to the Canadiens' lineup on Tuesday night after being a healthy scratch against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night. The 25-year-old forward will play in place of Charles Hudon, who was called up from the AHL's St. John's IceCaps last Thursday afternoon and suited up for the last two games.
"It's one of those things where I just have to play my game," said Carr, who has one goal and one assist in eight games with Montreal so far this season. "I have to go to the net hard and take care of the puck. Those are the big things I have to do. I'm excited to get back in and get going."
Video: Daniel Carr on his return to the lineup on Tuesday
- While the Canadiens are coming off a 2-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday - which snapped a three-game losing streak - the Senators have lost their last two outings to Nashville and Florida, respectively, by a combined score of 9-2.
That being said, Ottawa always seems to play the Canadiens tough, no matter if they're slumping or in the midst of a hot streak. Michel Therrien's troops actually fell to Guy Boucher's club 4-3 in a shootout in their last meeting back on October 15 at the Canadian Tire Centre, and they fully expect Ottawa to be firing on all cylinders again on Tuesday night.
"They're a great team. We had a good bout against them earlier this year. [It's a] division game, so these ones are always important," shared Andrew Shaw, who has two goals and two assists in his last five games for the Canadiens. "We've got to come out with two points in this game and we've got to get back to our game, getting pucks deep, working them low, going to those dirty areas and finishing those opportunities."
Video: Andrew Shaw on facing the Ottawa Senators
Jeff Petry, meanwhile, who lit the lamp twice when the two teams last met five weeks ago, says neutralizing the Senators' speed with the likes of Kyle Turris and Ryan Dzingel up front, will be particularly important if the Canadiens are going to continue to build their lead atop the Atlantic Division.
"They're a team that has some skill up front and some speed up front, so we need to make it hard on them by getting pucks behind their D and making them play in the D zone," explained Petry. "You don't want to get into a run-and-gun game and give guys chances because they have the ability to score. You don't want to open up and give them those chances."
- Heading into their 20th game of the year on Tuesday night, the Canadiens find themselves with a league-leading 30 points in the bank, one point clear of the New York Rangers and two points ahead of the Chicago Blackhawks.
While Therrien's charges are pleased that they've started the year off strong, they insist there's still plenty of room for improvement so early in the season.
"You look at where we are in the standings, we're all happy with that, but we all know that we have more to give. We know we're a better team than we've been playing. That's a positive," said Shaw. "We've got some wins that we probably shouldn't have. Carey stole a few games for us. Knowing that we've got more, the year is only going to get better. We've got to keep pushing ourselves and try to better ourselves every game, just stay healthy and keep competing."
- Carey Price will get the start in goal for the Canadiens. He boasts an 11-0-1 record on the season, along with a 1.58 goals-against average and a .950 save percentage. The Senators will counter with Craig Anderson between the pipes.
- Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast on Sportsnet East and TSN5, as well as on RDS2, which will be available to all RDS subscribers on Tuesday night. RDS will be featuring the MLS Eastern Conference Final matchup between the Montreal Impact and Toronto FC.