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Canadiens at Senators preview

Ottawa aims to extend point streak; Montoya in goal for Montreal

by Chris Stevenson / Correspondent

CANADIENS (3-7-1) at SENATORS (5-1-5)

7:30 p.m. ET; RDS, TSN2, TSN5, NHL.TV


The Game

The Ottawa Senators will try to extend their point streak to six games when they face the Montreal Canadiens at Canadian Tire Centre on Monday.

The Senators are 2-0-3 in their past five games. They have one regulation loss in 11 games this season.

Senators center Kyle Turris will miss a third game with a viral infection. Coach Guy Boucher said he is hopeful Turris will be able to play against the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.

Goalie Craig Anderson will start for the Senators.

Video: PHI@OTT: Anderson stretches across to stuff Couturier

Goalie Al Montoya will get his second start of the season for the Canadiens. Montoya made 37 saves in a 5-1 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Oct. 18.

The Canadiens are 2-1-0 since ending a seven-game losing streak (0-6-1) and are coming off a 5-4 win against the New York Rangers on Saturday. However, they've lost five straight on the road after an opening-night 3-2 shootout win at the Buffalo Sabres.


Players to watch

Canadiens forward Phillip Danault had four points (two goals, two assists) against the Rangers on Saturday.

Senators forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau has a goal and four assists in a three-game point streak and was named the NHL's Third Star for the week ending Oct. 29.

Video: NYR@MTL: Danault nets rebound to pad Canadiens' lead

They said it

"It's a tough game any time we come in here. It's always intense. It's always physical." -- Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher

"It doesn't matter who's in or who's out. We're playing really well as a unit of five of the ice." -- Senators forward Derick Brassard


Canadiens projected lineup

Artturi Lehkonen -- Jonathan Drouin -- Paul Byron 

Max Pacioretty -- Phillip Danault -- Andrew Shaw

Charles Hudon -- Tomas Plekanec -- Brendan Gallagher

Alex Galchenyuk -- Michael McCarron -- Torrey Mitchell

Victor Mete -- Shea Weber

Karl Alzner -- Jordie Benn

Brandon Davidson -- Jeff Petry

Al Montoya

Carey Price

Scratched: Jacob De La Rose, Joe Morrow 

Injured: David Schlemko (hand), Ales Hemsky (upper body), Nikita Scherbak (knee)


Senators projected lineup

Ryan Dzingel -- Derick Brassard -- Mark Stone

Mike Hoffman -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Christopher DiDomenico

Alexandre Burrows -- Zack Smith -- Tom Pyatt 

Nate Thompson -- Jack Rodewald

Johnny Oduya -- Erik Karlsson

Dion Phaneuf -- Cody Ceci

Fredrik Claesson -- Chris Wideman

Mark Borowiecki

Craig Anderson

Mike Condon

Scratched: Max McCormick

Injured: Kyle Turris (viral infection), Bobby Ryan (fractured finger)


Status report

Scherbak is expected to miss six weeks after having right knee surgery Monday. ... Canadiens coach Claude Julien said Montoya is starting because Price played three games in five days. … Boucher will use 11 forwards and seven defensemen with Wideman returning after missing one game because of a neck injury.


Stat pack

Stone has six points (four goals, two assists) in his past four games. … Karlsson has nine assists in his past five games. … Montoya is 2-3-1 with a 2.81 goals-against average and .904 save percentage against the Senators.

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