First place in the Atlantic is on the line again in Montreal tonight and we've got 5 things to help you get game ready.
1. Starting Goalies
Craig Anderson (22-9-2) looks for some redemption in Montreal tonight after dropping a pair of games against the Canadiens last weekend. Just like the Sens, Anderson has bounced back from that home-and-home series and picked up a big win in his last start in Boston on Tuesday.
At the other end of the rink, Carey Price (33-18-5) gets the call for the Canadiens. Price's numbers against the Sens have always been lower than his career averages but he made up some ground in the aforementioned weekend series against the Sens above. Since 2014, Price is 5-2-1 versus Ottawa with a goals against average of 3.22 and a save percentage of .896.
2. Line-up notes
A few injuries to pass along before tonight's game and we'll start with the obvious one. Marc Methot will be out for "weeks" with a finger injury he sustained against Pittsburgh on Thursday. As a result, Fredrik Claesson will skate alongside Erik Karlsson tonight and probably the forseeable future. Viktor Stalberg was also injured against the Penguins but the coach shared that his upper body injury isn't too serious and they are hopeful he can join the team for their upcoming road trip. And now for some good injury news: Mark Stone, who has missed the past 7 games, will return to active duty against the Canadiens.
Here's how the lines and pairings project for tonight:
3. Previous Meeting
Honestly, I don't really want to talk about it. We're moving forward here and it's time to leave the past behind us...the Sens lost 4-1 to the Canadiens last Sunday and the highlights are below but I probably wouldn't watch them if I was you. Moving on...
Video: OTT Recap: Pyatt scores Senators' lone goal in loss
4. From the coach
Sens head coach Guy Boucher spoke with the media this morning and thanks to the tireless efforts of our Sens TV crew you can catch all his comments about tonight's game below...
On losing Methot for an extended period of time:
It's about today. It's about us against the Red team on the other side and the players that are ready to play. Obviously we're going to miss Methot, he's a huge part of our team. He's in our top pair and plays with Erik and has a gigantic role but he's not there now. Claesson has done really well for us and helped us win many games and he's going to have to do so for the next few weeks.
What he expects from the Canadiens tonight:
The same game they played last time. They're the team at the top and they deserve to be there. They're going to be like all the top teams we've been playing lately so it's going to be a difficult one.
Video: March 25: Sens vs. Canadiens - Boucher Pre-game
Game time is set for 7 p.m. tonight in Montreal and you can catch all the action on Sportsnet and TVAS.