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
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
Scratched: Patrick Wiercioch, Matt Kassian
Injuries: Craig Anderson (upper body)