MONTREAL CANADIENS 20-47-11 AT OTTAWA SENATORS 29-41-7
Tonight: 7 p.m., Canadian Tire Center
Radio: TSN 1200-AM, Unique 94.5 FM
There could be Stuetzle and Gallagher drama
Montreal’s Brendan Gallagher had some nasty things to say about Tim Stuetzle after they faced April 5. Gallagher criticized the Ottawa winger saying: “He needs to stop laying on the ice. It’s embarrassing.” Stuetzle reacted by saying he respected Gallagher but he would not respond. It will be interesting to see how this plays out with the clubs’ facing off for the last time this season.
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Ottawa: PP 19.5% (22nd); PK 80.4% (13th)
Montreal: PP 13.1% (31st); PK 74.9% (28th)
THREE THINGS ABOUT THE CANADIENS
one. The Habs are coming off a 6-3 loss to the Philadelphia Penguins Thursday at home. Montreal hasn’t been sharp with a 2-8-0 record in its last 10 games and the club has dropped seven straight. The Canadiens have been outscored 46-27 against during that 10-game stretch. Expect to see Carey Price in this one.
two. A year removed from a trip to the Stanley Cup final against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Canadiens are in a full rebuild. The club is hopeful young players like Nick Suzuki and Cole Caufied can be the building blocks for the future. Both have shown promise and are expected to be key for the organization to return respectability.
3. Ranked No. 31 overall in the NHL, the Habs have struggled mightily this season and have a good shot at the No. 1 pick in the draft lottery May 10. Since taking over as the interim coach, Martin St. Louis has a 12- 17-4 record If Price makes the start, he’s yet to face Ottawa this season. He has a 28-12-7 lifetime record in 49 starts against the Senators with a 2.31 GAA and a .920 save-percentage.
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