Jonathan Drouin – Nick Suzuki – Josh Anderson
Tomas Tatar – Phillip Danault – Brendan Gallagher
Paul Byron – Jesperi Kotkaniemi – Artturi Lehkonen
Michael Frolik – Jake Evans – Corey Perry
Joel Edmundson – Shea Weber
Brett Kulak – Jeff Petry
Alexander Romanov – Victor Mete
Jake Allen – Carey Value
Scratches Taxi Squad
Laurent Dauphin, Gustav Olofsson, Xavier Ouellet, Charlie Lindgren
Ben Chiarot (hand), Tyler Toffoli (lower-body), Joel Armia (COVID protocol)
After such a powerful recreation on Tuesday night time following a prolonged layoff, it was incumbent on the Canadiens to come back out sturdy in opposition to the Senators to proceed their optimistic momentum. It’s the kind of problem that has proved tough for the Habs this season. However tonight, with a full group effort, Montreal did precisely what they wanted to do: play the proper street recreation.
For the Canadiens, their focus was on the defensive a part of the sport. The Senators did not generate many high quality possibilities as Montreal owned their very own zone. Most of Ottawa’s 23 photographs got here from the perimeter yielding a yawner of a recreation.
It was a group effort to safe the victory for Jake Allen. The Canadiens backup had misplaced six straight begins. It was Allen’s first win in nearly two months, his final “W” courting again to February sixth.
With Eric Staal counting the times till his quarantine expires, Jake Evans is hoping to make Dominique Ducharme’s lineup selections just a little tougher. Evans had two major assists on targets by Paul Byron and Corey Perry. The setup on Byron’s objective by Evans was a factor of magnificence.
All season lengthy Jonathan Drouin has been praised just like the second coming of Nathan MacKinnon. A part of that is because of low expectations set by Drouin’s dreadful efficiency final season. Drouin has been blessed with top-6 minutes all yr together with power-play time.
And given the alternatives, Drouin has benefited from his teammates scoring with 19 assists to guide the group. However Drouin has simply 4 power-play factors this season. And Drouin’s two targets are tied with Joel Edmundson.
Whereas extensively acknowledged because the trainer’s pet, Drouin should do rather more to earn the ice-time generously generously doled out to him by Ducharme.
The Canadiens return to Montreal to finish the home-and-home sequence with the Senators on Saturday.
▲ Jake Allen, Jake Evans, Brendan Gallagher, Tomas Tatar, Brett Kulak, Corey Perry, Joel Edmundson, Shea Weber, Phillip Danault
▼ Michael Frolik, Jonathan Drouin, Josh Anderson
Try the sport preview right here: Canadiens @ Senators: Repeat the Effort