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Ottawa defenseman Hainsey to play 1,100th NHL game; Montreal eyes third straight win after 0-5-3 stretch

by Sean Farrell / Independent Correspondent

SENATORS (13-17-1) at CANADIENS (14-11-6)

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


The Game

Ron Hainsey is expected to become the third player selected in the 2000 NHL Draft to play in his 1,100th NHL game when the Ottawa Senators face the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Wednesday.

The 38-year-old defenseman, chosen by the Canadiens with the No. 13 pick, will join Scott Hartnell (No. 6, Nashville Predators) and Justin Williams (No. 28, Philadelphia Flyers) from the 2000 draft to reach the milestone. He'll try to help the Senators to their third win in nine games after going 5-1-0 in their previous six.

Cayden Primeau will make his second career NHL start for the Canadiens. The 20-year-old stopped 32 of 35 shots in a 3-2 loss to Colorado Avalanche on Dec. 5 in his NHL debut.

Montreal, seeking its third straight victory, is 3-1-0 in its past four games following an eight-game winless streak (0-5-3).


Players to watch

Senators forward Anthony Duclair has scored five goals during a three-game goal streak and has seven points (five goals, two assists) in a four-game point streak.

Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher has scored in four straight games and has six points (four goals, two assists) in a four-game point streak.


They said it

"The best part about Ron is that his game has changed from an offensive guy to a defensive guy. He's found a way to stay in the League by doing it right and by not riding the ups and downs." -- Senators coach D.J. Smith on Ron Hainsey

"Anytime you have a back-to-back game, the last thing you want to do as a team, as a coach, is shorten your bench. And when you've got everybody going it's the best thing you can have in those circumstances, so you don't overutilize certain players. And I think the guys did exactly that [Tuesday], I didn't have to shorten the bench." -- Canadiens coach Claude Julien


Senators projected lineup

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

Tyler Ennis -- Artem Anisimov -- Colin White

Vladislav Namestnikov -- Chris Tierney -- Anthony Duclair

Nick Paul -- Logan Brown -- Jonathan Davidsson

Thomas Chabot -- Dylan DeMelo

Mark Borowiecki -- Nikita Zaitsev

Ron Hainsey -- Cody Goloubef

Anders Nilsson

Marcus Hogberg

Scratched: Mikkel Boedker, Maxime Lajoie

Injured: Scott Sabourin (nose), Craig Anderson (knee)


Canadiens projected lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Phillip Danault -- Brendan Gallagher

Artturi Lehkonen -- Max Domi -- Joel Armia

Nick Cousins -- Nick Suzuki -- Jordan Weal

Ryan Poehling -- Nate Thompson -- Riley Barber

Ben Chiarot -- Shea Weber

Brett Kulak -- Jeff Petry

Otto Leskinen -- Cale Fleury

Cayden Primeau

Carey Price

Scratched: Mike Reilly, Christian Folin

Injured: Jonathan Drouin (wrist), Paul Byron (knee), Victor Mete (ankle), Matthew Peca (lower body), Jesperi Kotkaniemi (concussion)


Status report

The two Senators scratches each participated in an optional morning skate. … The Canadiens did not hold a morning skate. … Poehling and Folin were recalled from Laval of the American Hockey League. … Kotkaniemi was placed on injured reserve.


Stat pack

Pageau will play his 400th NHL game. … Price needs one win to move ahead of Cam Ward (334) for 23rd in NHL history.

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