Canadiens at Senators, Feb. 26, 2022: Five things you should know

Montreal has come to life under head coach Martin St. Louis and they are riding a four-game winning streak, their longest in four years.

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Here are five things you should know about the Canadiens-Senators game on Saturday, Feb. 26, at the Canadian Tire Center (7pm, SNE, SN1, City, TVA Sports, TSN-690 Radio, 98.5 FM).

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The match-up: February is coming to a close and this game marks the first of four meetings between these Atlantic Division rivals. The Canadiens have come to life under head coach Martin St. Louis and they are riding a four-game winning streak, their longest in four years after beating the Buffalo Sabers 4-0 at the Bell Center on Wednesday. The Canadiens have moved up into 31st place in the overall NHL standings with 31 points. Ottawa is coming off a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday. The Senators are sixth in the division and 26th overall with a 12-point edge on the Canadiens.

The Hamburglar’s homecoming: Sam Montembeault has won his last three starts and is coming off that shutout win over the Sabres, but St. Louis has decided to go with Andrew Hammond in this game. There’s a good reason behind that decision because Hammond started his NHL career in Ottawa and he helped the Senators earn a playoff berth as a rookie in the 2014-15 season. Hammond, who beat the Islanders last Sunday in his first appearance for the Canadiens, had a 20-1-2 record in that inaugural season with a 1.79 goals-against and a .941 save percentage. He was seventh in the Vézina Trophy voting that season and 15th in the Hart Trophy voting.

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Suzuki making his mark: There has been a lot of chatter about how the coaching change has benefited Cole Caufield, but his linemate, Nick Suzuki, has also picked up his game. Suzuki, who has 11 goals among his team-leading 33 points, had a hand in three of the Canadiens’ goals Wednesday. He had two goals, including him’s first penalty-shot goal of his career, and assisted on a goal by Caufield. Suzuki has a three-game point streak with two goals and three assists. He has also shown an improvement in the faceoff circle. He has won 49.1 per cent of his draws, a significant upgrade over his 44 per cent success rate last season.

Price still in the gym: The Canadiens had a number of injury updates Friday and goaltender Carey Price is no closer to getting back on the ice — he’ll continue his rehab in the gym for at least another week. Defenseman Joel Edmundson, who has yet to play this season, joined his teammates in practice for the first time. Josh Anderson, who was cut on the face in the Buffalo game, was back on the ice, but Paul Byron, who was also cut in the face, will take a few more days off. Joel Armia was at practice with a no-contact sweater and new dad Jonathan Drouin (wrist injury) is skating on his own.

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