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Pageau has scored nine goals in past nine games for Ottawa; Price to start for Montreal

by Sean Farrell / Independent Correspondent

SENATORS (9-11-1) at CANADIENS (11-6-4)

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


The Game

The Ottawa Senators will try for their sixth win in eight games when they face the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Wednesday.

Goalie Craig Anderson will start for the Senators, who are 5-2-0 in their past seven games after starting the season 4-9-1.Anders Nilsson made 35 saves in a 4-3 win at the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday.

Goalie Carey Price will start for Montreal after making 21 saves in a 5-2 loss at the Columbus Jackets on Tuesday that ended the Canadiens' six-game point streak (4-0-2). 


Players to watch

Senators forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau has scored nine goals in his past nine games.

Canadiens forward Phillip Danault has six points (one goal, five assists) during a four-game point streak.


They said it

"We've been working hard to get some wins on the road, but we haven't had much success." -- Senators forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau after Ottawa's third win in 11 road games (3-7-1)

"Max [Domi] has played a whole year at center. We're moving him to the wing so there's some adjustments there to be made by [linemates Nick Suzuki and Joel Armia] and I think it's heading in the right direction." -- Canadiens coach Claude Julien


Senators projected lineup

Brady Tkachuk -- Logan Brown -- Anthony Duclair

Vladislav Namestnikov -- Colin White -- Tyler Ennis

Nick Paul -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Connor Brown

Filip Chlapik -- Chris Tierney -- Max Veronneau

Thomas Chabot -- Dylan DeMelo

Ron Hainsey -- Cody Goloubef

Mark Borowiecki -- Nikita Zaitsev

Craig Anderson

Anders Nilsson

Scratched: Erik Brannstrom, Mikkel Boedker

Injured: Scott Sabourin (nose), Artem Anisimov (groin)


Canadiens projected lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Phillip Danault -- Brendan Gallagher

Max Domi -- Nick Suzuki -- Joel Armia

Artturi Lehkonen -- Jesperi Kotkaniemi -- Jordan Weal

Charles Hudon -- Nate Thompson -- Nick Cousins

Ben Chiarot -- Shea Weber

Victor Mete -- Jeff Petry

Brett Kulak -- Cale Fleury

Carey Price

Keith Kinkaid

Scratched: Mike Reilly, Christian Folin

Injured: Jonathan Drouin (wrist), Paul Byron (knee)


Status report

Neither team held a morning skate. … Ottawa forward Bobby Ryan has left the Senators to take part in the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program.


Stat pack

Duclair has four points (three goals, one assist) in the past two games. … Weber has eight points (four goals, four assists) in his past seven games. … Tatar has seven points (two goals, five assists) in his past five games.

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