GAME NIGHT: Senators vs. Canadiens

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Montreal Canadiens (12-33-7) at Ottawa Senators (19-26-5)

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Tonight: 7 p.m.
TV: Sportsnet 1, CityRadio: TSN 1200-AM


Matt Murray is expected to return to the Senators net after an absence due to a head injury and the birth of his second child, while Andrew Hammond, author of the Hamburglar run and now in the Canadiens net, returns to the Canadian Tire Center for the first time since 2017. Colin White, recovering from a shoulder injury, will also play his first game of the season for the Senators.


Montreal Canadians
GP G A Pts +/-
Nick Suzuki 52 11 22 33 -17
Josh Anderson 41 12 9 21 -18
Jonathan Drouin 32 6 14 20 -9

Ottawa Senators
GP G A Pts +/-
Brady Tkachuk 47 17 20 37 E
Drake Batherson 31 13 21 34 +4
Connor Brown 36 7 20 27 -2


Montreal Canadians
PP 12.6% 31st
PK 74.4% 30th

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Ottawa Senators
PP 16.6% 27th
PK 80.9 13th


1. During their season-high four-game winning streak, the Canadiens have outscored their opponents — Buffalo, Toronto, the New York Islanders and St. Louis — by a combined score of 17-6. That’s quite the turnaround from what happened in the opening 48 games of the season, when they were outscored 191-104. Before the winning streak began, the Canadiens had allowed a whopping 45 goals in their previous eight games.

two. Nick Suzuki broke out of an eight-game goal scoring drought with a pair of goals in Wednesday’s 4-0 shutout of the Buffalo Sabers. Suzuki also had an assist and finished with a plus/minus of plus three. Cole Caufield also had a goal and an assist and has four goals and four assists during the Canadiens winning streak.

3. The Canadiens haven’t played the Senators since May 5, 2021. In that time, the Canadiens have advanced all the way to the Stanley Cup final, but since their last meeting with Ottawa, they’ve posted only 12 regular season wins, compared to the Senators 19 victories.

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