SENATORS (13-17-1) at CANADIENS (14-11-6)
7:30 p.m. ET; SN, RDS, NHL.TV
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
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
Scratched: Mike Reilly, Christian Folin
Injured: Jonathan Drouin (wrist), Paul Byron (knee), Victor Mete (ankle), Matthew Peca (lower body), Jesperi Kotkaniemi (concussion)
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.
Pageau will play his 400th NHL game. … Price needs one win to move ahead of Cam Ward (334) for 23rd in NHL history.