Senators vs Canadiens Live: The Montreal Canadiens have quietly climbed the ranks of the Eastern Conference standings with an excellent run since the end of October. One night after visiting the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Habs will get right back to work at home against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night. Montreal went 7-1-2 in its previous 10 games before clashing with Columbus on Tuesday. Senators vs Canadiens Live, Now they will try to take advantage of a home matchup against an Ottawa side that was tied for the fewest points in the Eastern Conference heading in to Tuesday night.
Senators vs. Canadiens Betting Analysis
Ottawa has picked up just two wins in their first 10 road games (2-7-1) of the season. The Senators went 4-6 on the puck line in those contests. Ottawa is 21-45 in its last 66 games when playing on zero days’ of rest.
Meanwhile, the Canadiens are 6-3-1 on home ice this season and have gone 4-6 on the puck line in those games. The Canadiens are 4-1 in their last five home games overall and went 3-0-1 against the Senators last season.
Fatigue won’t be the only issue that the Senators will have to deal with heading into this game. In addition to tired legs, Ottawa will also have to go with its backup goalie Craig Anderson. While Anders Nilsson has done an excellent job keeping the Senators in most games, Anderson has struggled to the tune of a 3.31 goals-against average and a .894 save percentage. In order to have a shot in this game, Ottawa will need to rely on its star power up front led by Jean-Gabriel Pageau. Pageau has exploded for 11 goals and 15 points this season. Connor Brown, Vladislav Namestnikov, Brady Tkachuk and Anthony Duclair all have hit double-digit point totals. It might not be pretty, but the Senators will have to outwork the Habs and lean on their offense to win this game outright.
It’s worth noting that the Sens are 5-2 on the year against teams with a losing record, which means they’re just 3-10 against teams above .500. That’s not a good omen for Wednesday’s affair.
While the Senators don’t have their best goaltender in between the pipes, neither will Montreal. Keith Kinkaid is 1-1-2 with a 4.24 goals-against average and a .887 save percentage this season. He hasn’t provided what the Canadiens expected when they added him the offseason. However, there is still time for him to turn his season around.
Meanwhile, the bad news for Montreal is that they are missing a couple of key pieces in Jonathan Drouin and Paul Byron. Drouin, in particular, has been a useful asset up front as his 15 points are tied for fourth-most on the team.
The good news is that they have some capable players to fill those holes, including Nick Suzuki, who will move up a line. He has nine points in 20 games this season. Although Montreal should win, the smart play here might be the over with a pair of backup goaltenders in net.Back-to-backs: This will be the fifth time this season the Canadiens play on back-to-back nights after losing 5-2 to the Blue Jackets Tuesday in Columbus. In the first four sets of back-to-backs, the Canadiens were 3-0-1 in the first game and 1-2-1 in the second game. The Canadiens have 14 sets of back-to-back games this season, the same number as last season when they went 7-5-2 in the first game and 5-8-1 in the second. This will be the third set of back-to-back games this season for the Senators, who beat the Red Wings 4-3 Tuesday in Detroit. The Senators have 13 sets of back-to-back games this season.
Back-to-back for Price? Canadiens goalie Carey Price, who took the loss in Columbus, has yet to play in back-to-back games this season. Coach Claude Julien wouldn’t confirm Tuesday morning who his goalie will be against the Senators. Backup goalie Keith Kinkaid has a 1-1-2 record in the four games he has started with a 4.23 goals-against average and a .887 save percentage. Price has a 10-5-2 record with a 2.75 goals-against average and a .911 save percentage after allowing five goals on 26 shots in Columbus.
Point-per-game pace? Tomas Tatar, who was held off the scoresheet in Columbus, leads the Canadiens in scoring with 7-13-20 totals in 21 games. The last time a Canadiens player averaged a point per game (or better) for an entire season was 2007-08, when Alex Kovalev had 35-49-84 totals in 82 games.
New coach: D.J. Smith became the 14th head coach in Senators history when he was hired on May 23, replacing Marc Crawford, who posted a 7-10-1 record in the final 18 games last season after Guy Boucher was fired. Boucher, who was in his third season behind the Senators bench, was fired 64 games into the season when the Senators had a 22-37-5 record. Smith spent the four previous seasons as an assistant coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Before that, he posted a 135-53-16 record over three seasons with the OHL’s Oshawa Generals, winning the OHL Coach of the Year award in 2013-14 before winning the Memorial Cup the next season.I think tonight’s game can be summarized in one word: frustration. The Canadiens weren’t bad per se, I mean they did take 32 shots on goal but if Gretzky said that you don’t score 100% of the shots you don’t take, I think it’s fair to say that you don’t score 100% of the shots you don’t place. That being said, you can’t really expect to win if you give up 5 goals on 26 shots either and Carey Price did not have a good game either… His save percentage was barely above .800 and that is just not enough. Furthermore, the game winning goal was far from a beauty even though it was an unlucky goal from a weird bounce on the boards that Price just pushed in his own goal.
That being said, Price is by no means the only culprit. Tonight, Max Domi took a rather stupid penalty and that allowed the Jackets to put the game out of reach needing just 20 seconds on the power play. This means that in 2 games, Domi has taken 8 penalty minutes. One might argue that what he did wasn’t that bad, that he barely touched the guy but the bottom like is, that was interference whether we (or Claude Julien) like it or not. The fact remains that so far this season, Domi has got 13 points in 21 games…last season at this stage he had 25 points, that is just not good enough.
It was nice to see both Lehkonen and Armia get a goal tonight, since both of them have been missing chances left, right and centre lately. It’s just a shame that the Canadiens couldn’t hang on to the lead they took in the second period.