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Montreal seeks first win in nine games; Ottawa 0-4-2 in previous six

by Callum Fraser / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

CANADIENS (18-20-7) at SENATORS (16-22-6)

7 p.m. ET; CBC, SN, SN360, CITY, TVAS, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Montreal Canadiens will try for their first win in nine games when they visit the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday.

The Canadiens are 0-7-1 in their past eight games after going 6-2-0 in their previous eight. It's the second time this season Montreal has gone eight straight without a win; they were 0-5-3 from Nov. 16-Dec. 1

Forward Brendan Gallagher will not play for Montreal after dealing with headaches following a 4-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday.

Goalie Marcus Hogberg will start for the Senators, who are 0-4-2 in their past six games after going 5-2-3 in their previous 10.

 

Players to watch

Canadiens goalie Carey Price is 0-5-1 with an .875 save percentage in his past six starts.

Senators forward Anthony Duclair has 17 points (11 goals, six assists) in his past 16 games.

 

They said it

"You can tweak certain things, which we're trying to do. You're trying to put some lines together and some of them, when you don't get the last change, you've got to be careful with who they're out against and that stuff, but at one point there's only so many things you can do as a coach. You have what you have. We've got some young players, we've got some guys that would be in Laval (American Hockey League) if we were healthy, and that's reality, and that's life. You have to deal with that and adjust." -- Canadiens coach Claude Julien

"Tonight, it was about forechecking and getting in on them. I think we did that well. We need to definitely carry that into [Saturday] night with a fast team like Montreal." -- Senators forward Colin White following a 3-2 shootout loss against the Detroit Red Wings on Friday

 

Canadiens projected lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Phillip Danault -- Nick Suzuki

Ilya Kovalchuk -- Max Domi -- Matthew Peca

Artturi Lehkonen -- Jesperi Kotkaniemi -- Nick Cousins

Ryan Poehling -- Nate Thompson -- Jordan Weal

Marco Scandella -- Shea Weber

Brett Kulak -- Jeff Petry

Victor Mete -- Cale Fleury

Carey Price

Charlie Lindgren

Scratched: Dale Weise

Injured: Ben Chiarot (lower body), Paul Byron (upper body), Joel Armia (hand), Jonathan Drouin (wrist), Brendan Gallagher (headaches)

 

Senators projected lineup

Brady Tkachuk -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Connor Brown

Anthony Duclair -- Artem Anisimov -- Drake Batherson

Tyler Ennis -- Colin White -- Rudolfs Balcers

Vladislav Namestnikov -- Chris Tierney -- Filip Chlapik

Thomas Chabot -- Ron Hainsey

Andreas Englund -- Dylan DeMelo

Mike Reilly -- Cody Goloubef

Marcus Hogberg

Craig Anderson

Scratched: Mikkel Boedker, Scott Sabourin, Mark Borowiecki

Injured: Nikita Zaitsev (undisclosed), Anders Nilsson (concussion), Nick Paul (ankle)

 

Status report

Byron and Drouin are not expected to return before the NHL All-Star break later this month. … Borowiecki (illness) did not play Friday and will be a game-time decision. … Peca will return to the lineup for the first time since sustaining a lower-body injury on Dec. 10. … The medical staff has yet to determine whether Gallagher's headaches are related to the concussion he sustained on Dec. 31 or an illness, Julien said.

 

Stat pack

Domi has 15 points (six goals, nine assists), in his past 14 games.

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