7th East (26-17-4)Editorial Staff

7th East (26-17-4)  VS.  13th East (17-24-7)

Your Ottawa Senators get back on the horse and try to snap their four game losing streak against the Montreal Canadiens tonight. They will also try and break their five game home losing streak and try to give the fans at Scotiabank Place something to cheer about.

After being blown out last night in Philadelphia, the Sens did show a little fight in them with five fights in the third period. Will that fight carry over to this game will be the question.

Coach Clouston  has decided to change it up as he is going with Mike Brodeur  over Brian Elliott. Brodeur helped spark the Sens 11 game win streak last season, so we’ll see if he can capture lightning in a bottle twice.

Alex Kovalev  will also return to action after missing a few weeks with a knee injury. Where he’ll line-up has yet to be decided, but I expect they’ll try to ease him back into the line-up. Kovi always plays great against Montreal so we’ll see what he can do tonight. Peter Regin  will also draw back into the line-up after spending the last few games in the press box.

The Habs come to town with major injuries to their roster. Their defence is already without Andrei Markov  and Josh Gorges, and now Hal Gill  is questionalble for tonight’s game. Second in team scoring, Mike Cammalleri  will also be out with a shoulder injury. With the Habs injury problems, Ottawa may be able to get the jump on them.

Players to Watch

Ottawa – Milan Michalek  has been a tear recently. With seven points in his last ten games, Michalek is skating hard and making room for himself on the ice. We’ll see if he can keep it up against Carey Price.

Montreal – Carey Price  is the only reason why the Habs hold down a playoff spot currently. His stellar play this season has proven all his critics wrong and kept this team competitive. Like the case in most Habs victories, Price will need to stand on his head to get the win.

Keys to an Ottawa Victory

Goaltending –with Brodeur in nets tonight, hopefully he can stand on his head and give the team solid goaltending. Anything is better than Elliott right now as he just looks lost out there.

Powerplay – the Sens powerplay has not score in ages. They are moving the puck well, but aren’t getting their shots through.

Strong Third Period – too many times lately, the Sens have lost games in the third period. They need to play a full 60 minutes to break out of their losing streak.

Check back here at SenShot for a game report after the game. Enjoy the game and GO SENS GO!!!!!

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