Game Preview: Montreal at Ottawa

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7:30 pm Scotiabank Place

TV: NHL Centre Ice

RADIO: Team 1200 Network

Finally it is time for the big guns to come out as both Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza will make their pre-season debuts tonight at home against the Montreal Canadiens.

The Senators lineup (at least to start the game) will be:

Up Front:

Filtov-Spezza-Butler

Michalek-Da Costa-Alfredsson

Grant-Pageau-Petterson

Hoffman-Smith-Condra

On The Blue Line:

Phillips-Lee

Kuba-Karlsson

Wiercioch-Borowiecki

Between the Pipes:

Anderson

Lehner

Notes:

  • Anderson is expected to play the whole game for the Senators, as he begins his scheduled domination of the Ottawa net.
  • DaCosta gets the opportunity to centre a couple of top 6 forwards in his audition for the second line spot.
  • Ottawa’s J-G Pageau gets into his first exhibition game and will likely be sent back to Gatineau (QMJHL) at some point following the game.
  • The Montreal lineup will ice a partial NHL Lineup in front of Carey Price, and will include the likes of PK Subban, Jarred Tinordi, Erik Cole, Andrei Kostitsyn and Scott Gomez but we will not see Mike Cammalleri, Brian Gionta or Tomas Plekanec
  • The two teams will play a return matchup tomorrow night in Montreal.

 

Players to Watch:

Ottawa: Brian Lee – After a two point night (and solid all-around performance) against Boston on Wednesday, Lee can firmly cement his spot in the lineup with a solid performance tonight.

Montreal:  Scott Gomez – Missed the first two preseason games with a lower body injury.  Gomez needs to get back to form this season to provide secondary scoring up the middle behind Plekanec.

Enjoy the game as the teams ramp up to get ready for when the puck drops for real!

 

Also on tap tonight, the Ottawa 67’s open their regular season at the Ottawa Civic Centre tonight as they host the Belleville Bulls at 7:30 pm.

 

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