After a massive win over the top team in the Eastern Conference, the Senators will look to keep their recent run going when they visit the slumping Montreal Canadiens.
The Sens have gone eight games without a regulation loss and are the hottest team in the NHL. The last team to beat the Sens in regulation? The Montreal Canadiens back on December 27th.
Pierre Gauthier's Habs are a mess right now, plain and simple. They have just three wins in their past ten games and sit nine points back of the final playoff spot in the east. They have made unnecessary coaching changes, traded for a brutal contract in Tomas Kaberle and then on Thursday, traded their most talented player mid game for what seemed like an awful return.
All that said, a game in Montreal is never easy so there is no room for the streaking Sens to take the Habs lightly. Montreal has taken both meetings between the two teams this season.
The Senators are coming off their biggest win of the season, a convincing 3-0 win over the New York Rangers. The teams behind Ottawa keep winning so there still isn't a ton of wiggle room, meaning it's another huge two points up for grabs tonight. The Sens are six points clear of the 9th place Pittsburgh Penguins.
Craig Anderson picked up his first shutout of the season at MSG and continued his strong play of late. He will start again in Montreal.
Matt Carkner will take Brian Lee's spot in the line up.
Puck drop is scheduled for just after 7:00 PM tonight with the game available on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada and RDS. For those of you looking to watch online, check the CBC website as they usually have a stream available.