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Senators' Anderson remains sidelined vs. Avalanche

by Sean Farrell

OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators have an opportunity to put a crushing overtime loss behind them when they host the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday.

Ottawa gave up three goals to the Montreal Canadiens in the final 3:22 of regulation Saturday to blow a 4-1 lead. The Senators, who face an uphill climb to get into playoff contention, had to settle for one point after Montreal scored its fourth straight goal in overtime for a stunning 5-4 come-from-behind win.

Ottawa (28-25-13) is in 12th place in the Eastern Conference with 69 points, seven points out of the second and final wild-card spot in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"Well I think that any time we get to play right away it gives you a chance for you to respond to things that happened in the past, so tonight's a good opportunity for us to get out and get playing," Senators coach Paul MacLean said Sunday. "We're playing a very disciplined and fast team, and we've got to make sure we're ready."

MacLean will dress the same lineup he used Saturday.

Goalie Craig Anderson remains sidelined by an upper-body injury he sustained Monday in a 4-3 overtime loss against the Nashville Predators.

Colorado begins a three-game Canadian road trip that continues Tuesday against the Canadiens. That will mark Patrick Roy's first game at Bell Centre as coach of the Avalanche.

Here are the probable Avalanche and Senators lineups:


Ryan O'Reilly - Matt Duchene - Jamie McGinn

Gabriel Landeskog - John Mitchell - Nathan MacKinnon

Cody McLeod - Marc-Andre Cliche - Maxime Talbot

Brad Malone - Paul Carey - Patrick Bordeleau

Jan Hejda - Erik Johnson

Andre Benoit - Nick Holden

Nate Guenin - Tyson Barrie

Semyon Varlamov

Jean-Sebastien Giguere

Scratched: Cory Sarich, Ryan Wilson

Injured: Paul Stastny (back), PA Parenteau (knee), Alex Tanguay (hip surgery)


Milan Michalek - Jason Spezza - Ales Hemsky

Clarke MacArthur - Kyle Turris - Bobby Ryan

Colin Greening - Zack Smith - Chris Neil

Mike Hoffman - Mika Zibanejad - Erik Condra

Marc Methot - Erik Karlsson

Chris Phillips - Cody Ceci

Jared Cowen - Eric Gryba

Robin Lehner

Nathan Lawson

Scratched: Patrick Wiercioch, Matt Kassian

Injuries: Craig Anderson (upper body)

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