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Ottawa tries to end six-game losing streak; Price, Montreal seeks third straight win

by Sean Farrell / NHL.com Correspondent

SENATORS (8-8-6) at CANADIENS (10-12-3)

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

 

The Game

The Montreal Canadiens will try to extend the Ottawa Senators' losing streak to seven games at Bell Centre on Wednesday.

Montreal goaltender Carey Price has allowed one goal while winning consecutive starts since returning from a lower-body injury that sidelined him for 10 games.

Goaltender Mike Condon will make his first start in five games for Ottawa, which is on a 0-5-1 skid entering the opener of a seven-game road trip.

 

Players to watch

Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson has no points during the Senators' losing streak after getting 17 points (one goal, 16 assists) in the previous 10 games.

Price has stopped 73 of 74 shots in the past two games after going 3-7-1 with a 3.77 goals-against-average and .877 save percentage in 11 starts before he was injured.

 

They said it

"Sometimes you can play the way that you want and still not win games. That's how tight this League is and I think that we all know that. We've found ways to lose games recently, and that's something that we created for ourselves and something that we are going to have get ourselves out of." -- Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson

"There's a lot of emotions when we play them and we know that we didn't see their best last time we played them, and we're expecting to see their best (Wednesday) night. Obviously it's huge points on the line whenever it's in the division, and especially with the that hole we dug ourselves this year, so we've got to show our best." -- Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty

 

Senators projected lineup

Mike Hoffman -- Matt Duchene -- Mark Stone

Zack Smith -- Derick Brassard -- Bobby Ryan

Ryan Dzingel -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Tom Pyatt

Alexandre Burrows -- Nate Thompson -- Gabriel Dumont

Johnny Oduya -- Erik Karlsson

Dion Phaneuf -- Cody Ceci

Fredrik Claesson -- Ben Harpur

Mike Condon

Craig Anderson

Scratched: Thomas Chabot

Injured: Chris Wideman (groin), Mark Borowiecki (concussion)

 

Canadiens projected lineup

Alex Galchenyuk -- Jonathan Drouin -- Paul Byron

Max Pacioretty -- Phillip Danault -- Andrew Shaw

Charles Hudon -- Tomas Plekanec -- Brendan Gallagher

Nicolas Deslauriers -- Jacob De La Rose -- Byron Froese

Karl Alzner -- Jeff Petry

Joe Morrow -- Jordie Benn

Victor Mete -- David Schlemko

Carey Price

Antti Niemi

Scratched: Brandon Davidson, Jakub Jerabek

Injured: Shea Weber (lower body), Al Montoya (concussion), Artturi Lehkonen (lower body), Nikita Scherbak (knee), Ales Hemsky (concussion-like symptoms)

 

Status report

The Canadiens did not hold a morning skate. ... Weber did not practice Tuesday and won't play, but will travel to Detroit, where the Canadiens play Thursday. Schlemko will make his season debut.

 
Stat pack

Drouin and Galchenyuk each has three points (one goal, two assists) in two games. ... Ottawa has not lost seven consecutive games since going 0-6-1 from Jan. 21 to Feb. 7, 2012. Stone has 11 points (six goals, five assists) in 10 games.

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