The Sens close out their 3-game road trip tonight in Montreal and we've got the latest pre-game news and notes to get you ready for our 7:30 p.m. start against the Canadiens.
Everybody loves the Duke
After his 3-pont night against the Red Wings yesterday, Anthony Duclair's coach and teammates continued to rave about the winger's play this season. Duclair scored the Senators' first two goals in Detroit before assisting on Brady Tkachuk's eventual game winner en route to a 4-3 victory.
"Duke's been good. He's dangerous," said Sens head coach D.J. Smith post-game. "He's also been a lot more responsible away from the puck. He took advantage of that (against Detroit) but he's been good all year for us."
Sens centre Jean-Gabriel Pageau also shouted out his teammate's strong play of late following Tuesday's win and shared that Duclair's recent uptick in offensive production (4 points in his last 2 GPs) helps the team roll four lines on a consistent basis.
Video: OTT@DET: Duclair shows off dangles on breakaway
"Duke had a magnet on his blade," said Pageau who's in the midst of his own heater this month. "Everywhere he went he was getting good chances and he was skating really well. I think their line played a really solid game...you need everyone to win and I think everyone did a really good job."
When asked following the game if he thought he could have had a few more points last night, Duclair kept it light and reaffirmed his focus on the remainder of the 2019-20 season.
"Probably," he said with a laugh. "It's a long year, I'll have to wait it out."
With no morning skate today in Montreal, Smith met with the media late this afternoon and shared that there would be no change to his forwards and defence tonight. Smith praised his team's work ethic again today and he'll look for a repeat performance tonight against a speedy Canadiens team.
"I thought we skated really well and we worked," Smith said about the decision to use the same skaters as last night. "We're playing as a team and we'll have to continue to do that against one of the faster teams in the league."
Erik Brannstrom, who suffered a mild injury in practice this week, will miss his second consecutive game as a result and it was also announced today that Bobby Ryan will be away from the team while taking part in the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program.
Here's a look back at last night's lines aganst the Red Wings:
Tkachuk - L. Brown - Duclair
Paul - Pageau - C. Brown
Namestnikov - White - Ennis
Chlapik - Tierney - Veronneau
Chabot - Zaitsev
Borowiecki - DeMelo
Goloubef - Hainsey
Craig Anderson (3-7-0) gets the start in goal tonight against the Canadiens and will be looking to close out this 3-game swing away from Canadian Tire Centre on a winning note. Anderson started the trip with a 4-2 loss to the Sabres on Saturday night but does hold a .912 sv% in Montreal during his time with the Senators.
Where to watch
It's a 7:30 p.m. start in Montreal tonight and here's how you can watch all the action between the Sens and Canadiens...
RADIO: TSN 1200, 94,5 Unique FM
If you're looking for a spot to catch tonight's game why not check out our Molson Watch Party at the RA Centre (2451 Riverside Dr.) where they'll be serving up 20oz drafts of Molson Canadian for just $6.25 (plus tax).