Thursday night features the second game of a home and home between Atlantic Division rivals. Montreal enters Thursday night’s contest with two wins of their last three games, including a win over the same Senators club just two nights prior. Ottawa, meanwhile, had won three straight games before Tuesday’s 5-2 loss. Now on home ice, Ottawa will look to get back on track and split the mini-series with the Habs.
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The Senators have struggled with consistency so far this season, putting up a 12-13-3 record. Those struggles have largely been due to Ottawa’s inability to keep the puck out of their own net. They rank dead last in the NHL in goals against per game (4.04) and are -14 in goal differential. Without their highly productive offense (3.63 goals scored per game), things could be much worse for the Sens.
The Canadiens are coming off of a down stretch that resulted in them losing six of seven games prior to Tuesday night’s win. They, too, have struggled in their own end so far this season, surrendering an average of 3.26 goals per game. Goaltender Carey Price hasn’t yet recaptured his MVP form, but he’ll look to build off of a solid start against the Sens this Thursday (7:30 PM ET).
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