banner

NHL

more stats

NHL Preview from The Sports Network



Friday, April 4th (All times Eastern)

Montreal Canadiens (43-27-7) at Ottawa Senators (32-30-14), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - As the Montreal Canadiens fight for home-ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs, the Ottawa Senators continue to battle for their postseason lives.

The clubs square off for the fifth and final time this regular season on Friday night in Ottawa.

Despite having a five-game winning streak halted with Tuesday's 3-1 setback to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Canadiens still secured their second straight postseason berth thanks to losses by the New Jersey Devils and Washington Capitals.

Montreal, though, did fall into a tie for second place in the Atlantic Division with the Lightning, their likely first-round opponent, and Tampa Bay was unable to snap the deadlock thanks to a regulation setback to the Calgary Flames on Thursday.

Both teams have five games remaining in the regular season, but none against each other.

The Senators, meanwhile, got back into the playoff discussion with a 4-0-1 streak, but saw that run end with Wednesday's 2-1 setback to the New York Islanders.

That has Ottawa seven points back of the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference, with six games to play.

The Senators gave up the go-ahead goal while shorthanded in Wednesday's loss, while Milan Michalek managed Ottawa's lone goal. Craig Anderson turned aside 25 shots as Ottawa's three-game winning streak came to an end.

"They scored on two power plays tonight. We have to be better on the penalty kill and do better with the chances they give to us," said Michalek, who has four goals over his last four games.

Ottawa captain Jason Spezza and defenseman Jared Cowen both missed their second consecutive games due to lower-body injuries.

The Senators conclude a five-game homestand tonight and begin a quick two-game road trip against New York teams with Saturday's contest versus the Rangers.

Anderson is 6-6-2 with a 2.99 goals against average in his career against the Canadiens and is expected to play tonight.

Montreal also will play on back-to-back nights as it hosts the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. The Canadiens are coming off just their second loss in 10 games after being bested by the Lightning.

Brendan Gallagher had the only goal of the game for the Canadiens, while Carey Price allowed two goals on 32 shots.

"We missed a chance to create some space in the standings," said Price. "I think we matched up pretty well with those guys and we tend to bring out the best in each other. That's a good team over there."

Montreal lost defenseman Douglas Murray to a match penalty after he caught Tampa Bay blueliner Michael Kostka in the head with an elbow late in the third period. Murray had a disciplinary hearing on Thursday and was issued a three- game suspension. He will be eligible to return to action on April 10.

Montreal concludes a four-game road trip and is expected to give backup Peter Budaj the start tonight. He lost his only previous encounter with the Sens, giving up five goals on 27 shots.

The last three meetings between these clubs have all been decided in overtime, the most recent two won by the Canadiens. Montreal snapped a four-game slide in Ottawa with a 5-4 overtime victory on Jan. 16, with P.K. Subban scoring 23 seconds into the extra frame and Price making 40 saves.

Defenseman Erik Karlsson registered a goal and two assists for the Senators, while Anderson made just 18 saves.

04/04 10:43:57 ET

Other Stories

Hurricanes

Hurricanes Oilers Hockey 13
Eberle powers Oilers past Hurricanes 6-3

It was just last week that the Edmonton Oilers and Carolina Hurricanes were the two remaining teams without a win in the NHL.

Related Stories
  • NFL: Detroit at Atlanta

    Today at 9:30 am on FOX50

  • NFL: Seattle at Carolina

    Today at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Indianapolis at Pittsburgh

    Today at 4:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • World Series: Kansas City at San Francisco

    Tonight at 7:30 on FOX50

  • NFL: Detroit at Atlanta

    Today at 9:30 am on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks

    Today at 1:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • World Series: Kansas City at San Francisco

    Tonight at 7:30 on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Green Bay at New Orleans

    Tonight at 8:25 on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14
 
1:00pm Today
CAR
SEA
Final
SFG 11
KAN 4
8:07pm Tonight
SFG
KAN
 
Final
WISC 52
MD 7
Final
SMU 10
MEM 48
Final
ILL 28
MINN 24
Final
RICE 41
UNT 21
Final
NEB 42
RUTG 24
Final
KST 23
TEX 0
Final
ARK 45
UAB 17
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
EMICH 17
NILL 28
Final
NAVY 41
SJST 31
Final
BST 35
AKR 21
Final
GASTATE 31
GASO 69
Final
TOL 42
UMASS 35
Final
WMICH 42
OHIO 21
Final
COL 37
UCLA 40
Final
UMO 10
KSU 3
Final
WAKE 17
BC 23
Final
BUF 14
CMICH 20
Final
MARS 35
FATL 16
Final
PITT 28
GT 56
Final
SMISS 20
LATU 31
Final
MSU 35
MICH 11
Final
KENT 31
MSST 45
Final
STAN 38
ORST 14
Final
TCU 82
TTU 27
Final
OKST 10
WVU 34
Final
WKENT 66
ODU 51
Final
UTST 34
UNLV 20
Final
MIZZ 24
VANDY 14
Final
UCF 34
TEMPL 14
Final
WASU 37
ARZ 59
Final
CLEM 16
SYR 6
Final
LAMON 18
TXST 22
Final
TXSANANTO 0
UTEP 34
Final
COLST 45
WYO 31
Final
LSU 10
MISS 7
Final
TENN 20
ALA 34
Final
AUB 42
SCAR 35
Final
PSU 24
OSU 31
Final
UTAH 24
USC 21
4th
WASH 10
ARST 17
 
Half
HAW 10
NEV 6
 
Final
SJS 1
BUF 2
Final
TOR 1
BOS 4
Final
NYI 7
DAL 5
Final
PHI 4
DET 2
Final
OTT 2
NJD 3
Final
MON 3
NYR 1
Final
STL 3
CHI 2
Final
NAS 0
PIT 3
Final
MIN 7
TAM 2
Final
ARI 2
FLA 1
Final
CAL 1
WAS 3
3:00pm Today
WIN
COL
 
4:00pm Today
LOS
CLB
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
OTT
 
8:00pm Tonight
ANA
SJS
 
9:30pm Tonight
VAN
WAS
 
9:30am Today
ATL
DET
1:00pm Today
CIN
BAL
1:00pm Today
NYJ
BUF
1:00pm Today
NEP
CHI
1:00pm Today
TEN
HOU
1:00pm Today
JAC
MIA
1:00pm Today
TAM
MIN
1:00pm Today
CAR
SEA
1:00pm Today
KAN
STL
4:05pm Today
ARI
PHI
4:25pm Today
PIT
IND
4:25pm Today
CLE
OAK
8:30pm Tonight
NOS
GBP
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14