Preview: Canadiens at Senators
A recent injury to starting goaltender Craig Anderson hasn't slowed the Ottawa Senators, who are on a season-high four-game winning streak. On Sunday, the Senators host the Montreal Canadiens for the third of four meetings between the Northeast Division rivals. Ottawa had already lost first-line center Jason Spezza and top defenseman Erik Karlsson to season-ending injuries when Anderson left Thursday's game against the New York Rangers with an ankle injury. The Senators clawed out a 3-2 shootout victory and defeated Toronto by the same score at home on Saturday to trail Montreal by two points for the Northeast Division lead.The Canadiens have points in their last seven games - with the only blemish being a 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Islanders on Thursday. Montreal starting goaltender Carey Price made 17 saves against the Rangers on Saturday for his second shutout in four starts, while Max Pacioretty has seven points his last five games - including his first four goals of the season. Rookie Alex Galchenyuk had a goal and an assist against the Rangers. Selected third overall in the 2012 draft, Galchenyuk has four points in as many games and 12 on the season.TV: 7:30 p.m. ET, RDS, TSN Canadiens, Sportsnet EastABOUT THE CANADIENS (12-4-2): Pacioretty did not receive any additional punishment from the league on Sunday following his boarding penalty on Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh. Rookie Brendan Gallagher returned to the lineup on Saturday after missing three games with a concussion. Gallagher has five goals and eight points in 14 games. Tomas Plekanec leads the team with eight goals and is tied with Pacioretty for the team lead in points (13). David Desharnais has five points in his last five games. Raphael Diaz leads team defensemen with 12 points.ABOUT THE SENATORS (11-6-2): Colin Greening, who scored the winning goal and added two assists on Saturday, has five points on his three-game scoring streak. Greening went eight games without recording a point prior to this streak. Captain Daniel Alfredsson has four points in his last six games. Rookies Jakob Silfverberg and Mika Zibanejad have both contributed three points on Ottawa's winning streak. Backup goaltender Ben Bishop has wins in his last three games.OVERTIME1. The Senators defeated the Canadiens 5-1 at home on Jan. 30, but lost 2-1 in Montreal four days later.2. Canadiens D P.K. Subban has eight points in 12 games since rejoining the team following a contract dispute. Montreal is 8-2-2 this season with Subban in the lineup.3. Alfredsson, who is seven points away from reaching 1,100 for his career, has 104 points in 87 career games against the Canadiens.PREDICTION: Canadiens 3, Senators 2
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