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Gameday Journal: Game 66 - Canadiens vs. Senators

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

2:45 PM: And from NHL.com, here are tonight's projected line-ups...

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CANADIENS

Forwards

Max Pacioretty – David Desharnais - Brendan Gallagher

Alex Galchenyuk – Tomas Plekanec – Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau

Lars Eller – Jacob De La Rose – Devante Smith-Pelly

Brandon Prust – Torrey Mitchell - Dale Weise

Defense

Andrei Markov – P.K. Subban

Tom Gilbert - Jeff Petry

Nathan Beaulieu - Sergei Gonchar

Goaltenders

Carey Price

Dustin Tokarski

Scratched: Mike Weaver, Brian Flynn, Manny Malhotra


2:15 PM: Get the full rundown on tonight's game versus the Canadiens with the Pre-Game Report courtesy of Sens TV...


1:45 PM: Sens head coach Dave Cameron spoke with the media after the team's morning skate and thanks to Sens TV you can watch his pre-game comments right here...

On facing the division leading Canadiens tonight:

I don't know if there's ever a good time to take on the best team, they're the best team for a reason, right? Because they're pretty consistent. But it's going to be a real challenge and I think we're up for the challenge. We just have to find a way to get back into this race and we're going to have to beat a real good team here in Montreal to give us some hope.

On Matt Puempel's play since his recall:

I think any time you come up from the American League obviously we think you have some capabilities but to come in to the limelight and be that good for that long a period of time is a little unexpected so I think pleasant is a good word.

On what he'd like to see from Jared Cowen tonight:

Good physical play.

On facing Carey Price:

To score on all good goalies you have to have traffic because you're not usually going to score on the first shot. You're going to have to get second and third and redirects and some luck. But that's against all good goalies, against the best goalie even more so.

On making the simple plays versus Price:

Not just when you're facing a guy like Carey. Most teams are real good in their own end, Montreal is one of the best teams in their own end. They've got great goaltending but their structure is real good too and you can't break down structure by being cute. You can't. You break down structure by getting pucks to the net, traffic and redirects and off of that you get your second and third opportunities. In this league, cute doesn't cut it very often and it's certainly not going to cut it against one of the best teams in the conference.

On their recent success in Montreal:

We got pucks to the net, we got traffic to the net and we found ways to score.


Speaking of goaltending, Andrew Hammond also spoke with the media after today's morning skate and you can catch his comments here...


Jared Cowen is slotted to return to the Sens line-up tonight in Montreal and you can watch his pre-game comments below...


12:20 PM: Some quick line-up notes from the coach...


8:45 AM: The Ottawa Senators are back at it tonight when they travel to Montreal to face the Canadiens. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m.

The Sens are coming off of a 3-1 home loss against the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night. Matt Puempel's first career NHL goal was the only offence for the Sens while Craig Anderson made 19 saves in defeat. The Senators now have a record of 30-24-11 and currently sit 10th in the Eastern Conference.

The Canadiens hos the Senators after a 1-0 overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. Carey Price stopped 35 of 36 shots but was beaten by Tyler Johnson in the extra frame. The Canadiens currently sit tied for first in the Eastern Conference with a record of 42-18-7.

These teams met back on January 16th, 2014 in Ottawa with the Senators beating the Canadiens by a score of 4-1. You can watch highlights from that game here:

The Sens will hit the ice for their morning skate shortly and I'll have plenty of updates to follow including, but not limited to, lineup changes, players' thoughts, Sens TV videos, Instagram goodness and more.

Stay tuned!

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