SENATORS (39-23-8) at CANADIENS (40-23-8)
7:30 p.m. ET; SN, RDS, NHL.TV
Senators team scope
The Ottawa Senators trail the Montreal Canadiens by two points for first place in the Atlantic Division with a game in hand. Goalie Craig Anderson will make his second straight start against the Canadiens in the second of a home-and-home series. Anderson returned Saturday after missing two games because of a lower-body injury and made 29 saves in a 4-3 shootout loss at Canadian Tire Centre. Coach Guy Boucher said he was "100 percent" comfortable with starting Anderson for a second straight day. "It's always about the circumstances," Boucher said Sunday. "If you feel your goaltender's healthy and got energy, let's go. He's ready to go. And if you feel that it will be a moment when it's better to play your other guy, then you do. But it's clear, I've said it every time, when he's ready to go, he's going." The Senators did not have a morning skate, and Boucher said he expects to use the same lineup from Saturday.
Canadiens team scope
The Canadiens did not have a morning skate and return to Bell Centre following the win Saturday with a two-point lead on the Senators for first place in the division. Goalie Carey Price made 28 saves Saturday. He is 7-1-0 with one shutout and 12 goals allowed in his past eight starts. Montreal is 8-2-0 in its past 10 games and 9-4-0 since Claude Julien replaced Michel Therrien as coach on Feb. 14. "You can always enjoy a win, but when we come back to work [Sunday] morning we've got to be focused on what we need to do," Julien said Saturday. "We've got to be focused on the things we have to do better so right now those guys put a lot of energy into the game, so I'll let them relax, then [Sunday] morning we'll get right back at it."
Senators projected lineup
Zack Smith -- Kyle Turris -- Bobby Ryan
Ryan Dzingel -- Derick Brassard -- Alexandre Burrows
Mike Hoffman -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Tom Pyatt
Viktor Stalberg -- Chris Kelly -- Tommy Wingels
Marc Methot -- Erik Karlsson
Dion Phaneuf -- Cody Ceci
Mark Borowiecki -- Chris Wideman
Scratched: Fredrik Claesson, Jyrki Jokipakka, Christopher DiDomenico
Injured: Mark Stone (lower body), Chris Neil (broken finger)
Canadiens projected lineup
Max Pacioretty -- Alex Galchenyuk -- Alexander Radulov
Paul Byron -- Tomas Plekanec -- Brendan Gallagher
Artturi Lehkonen -- Phillip Danault -- Andrew Shaw
Dwight King -- Michael McCarron -- Torrey Mitchell
Andrei Markov -- Shea Weber
Alexei Emelin -- Jeff Petry
Nathan Beaulieu -- Jordie Benn
Scratched: Brandon Davidson, Steve Ott, Andreas Martinsen
Injured: Nikita Nesterov (lower body), Brian Flynn (upper body)
Boucher is encouraged by the secondary scoring he saw with Stone out for this crucial series. "We're missing our top forward so obviously some guys have to step it up, and [Saturday] scoring three goals on Carey Price means that some guys stepped it up, so we'll be looking for that again," Boucher said. ... Julien praised the offensive contributions he got from Shaw, Danault and Gallagher, who scored Saturday. "And that's what we need to succeed," Julien said. "It's nice to see those guys step up in a big game and it's not always about the guys you expect to score every night. And if you can get secondary scoring, that's what gives you a chance to win so many games in this League."
Karlsson had a goal and an assist Saturday, and has 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in his past 11 games. Hoffman has 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in his past 11 games. ... Galchenyuk has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in his past 10 games.