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Senators return to Ducks' pond

by Adam Schwartz / NHL.com

A rematch of last year's Stanley Cup Final takes place tonight when Antoine Vermette and the Ottawa Senators meet Jean-Sebastien
Giguere and the Anaheim Ducks at the Honda Center.
After a busy weekend in the NHL, there are just three games scheduled Monday night.

At 7 p.m., the Boston Bruins will play the Washington Capitals, and in two late games, the Ottawa Senators make their first visit to Anaheim since last spring’s Stanley Cup Final, and the San Jose Sharks host the Montreal Canadiens.

Here’s what to watch:

* Ottawa left wing Cory Stillman leads the Senators with 10 power-play goals. Stillman has yet to score an extra-man goal since being traded to Ottawa from the Carolina Hurricanes in February. Despite having some of the more threatening offensive weapons in the NHL with right wing Daniel Alfredsson, center Jason Spezza and left wing Dany Heatley, Ottawa’s power play is No. 13 in the League with an 18.1-percent success rate.

* Anaheim, which has a 21-8-4 record at the Honda Center, concludes a seven-game homestand Monday. After losing Feb. 15 to the Dallas Stars in the first game of the homestand, the Ducks have won the last five games, but still are in second place in the Pacific Division and six points behind the Stars with two games in hand.

Redden

* Senators defenseman Wade Redden, who was selected No. 2 overall by the New York Islanders in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft, has the highest plus-minus rating among Ottawa defenseman at plus-13.

* Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin, who drinks green tea before games, has a minus rating in three of his past seven games while playing at least 23 minutes in five of those games.

* The Bruins have won six straight games and are in sixth place in the Eastern Conference. With 76 points, they are just four points behind the Ottawa Senators and New Jersey Devils for fourth place. Boston, which has a 9-9-4 divisional record, has a 20-10-2 record against the rest of the Eastern Conference.

* Boston right wing Chuck Kobasew, who is second on the team with 19 goals, hasn’t scored in his last nine games. Despite his recent troubles, Kobasew has a career-high of 34 points this season.

* Four of the five Eastern Conference teams to have given up at least 200 goals come from the Southeast Division.

Chara

* Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara, who averages the third-most ice time in the League at 27:04 per game, has six goals and two assists for eight points and a plus-4 rating in his last seven games. Chara, who is the tallest player in the League at 6-foot-9, is fifth in the League with 199 hits.

* The Capitals, who have scored the second-most goals in the Southeast Division with 187, have allowed 13 more goals than they have scored, but still are in second place in the division with 68 points, and are five points behind the first-place Carolina Hurricanes with two games in hand.

* Washington left wing Alexander Ovechkin, who has the most hits in the Southeast Division with 178, snapped his season-long seven-game goal drought Saturday in a 3-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. During the goal-less stretch, Ovechkin recorded five assists.

* Recently acquired Washington goalie Cristobal Huet had an 18-save, 4-0 shutout Friday against the Devils in his Capitals debut. Huet’s competition for the top job, Olaf Kolzig, was in net Saturday for Washington’s 3-2 loss to the Maple Leafs.

Price

* Montreal goalie Carey Price has won his first three games since being handed the starting role when Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey traded Cristobal Huet to the Capitals at the trade deadline. Price, who has been heralded as the Canadiens’ goalie of the future, allowed just four goals while facing 92 shots in those three games. The Canadiens are tied with the Pittsburgh Penguins at the top of the Eastern Conference with 81 points.

* The Canadiens, who have seven players with at least 40 points, have the best power play in the League with a 25.3-percent success rate.

* Montreal captain Saku Koivu, who has won the fifth-most power-play faceoffs in the League with 121, has two goals and five assists for seven points in his last seven games.

* San Jose center Joe Thornton, who is second in the NHL with 57 assists, has six assists in his last five games.

* The Sharks, who are in fifth place in the Western Conference with 80 points, have allowed the second-fewest goals against the in NHL with 155.

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