Ottawa returns from their 5-game road trip to take on the struggling Canadiens
Player to Watch: Mike Reilly
Quoted by D.J. Smith as the Senators best defenceman after Thomas Chabot and Nikita Zaitsev, Mike Reilly has been a pleasant surprise this season.
With Erik Brannstrom and Christian Wolanin pushing for ice-time, Reilly has to continue his good play to maintain a regular spot in the lineup because it doesn’t appear Erik Gudbranson is going anywhere.
This year Reilly has been an analytic darling, carrying a 55.22 CF% which ranks 4th among Senators skaters and 2nd among defencemen, only trailing his defence partner Artem Zub.
Reilly has played in 18 games this season and has yet to score, it would be perfect timing if he can find the back of the net against his former team.
News & Notes
- Thomas Chabot is a game-time decision for tonight’s game and will make a decision after warmups
- It appears that Michael Haley will be inserted into the lineup for the second time this season, likely in place of Matthew Peca
- The Canadiens don’t have any injuries that are public and will likely be rolling a similar lineup to the one they played with last night.
14 GP, 2-9-1, 0.878 SV%, 3.81 GAA
Murray came in for relief of an injured Marcus Hogberg and he ended up conceding 6 goals on 26 shots in the Senators’ loss to the Maple Leafs.
Prior to Murray’s relief appearance last game, he was on a roll, boasting a 0.929 SV% in his previous 6 appearances.
6 GP, 4-2-0, 0.933 SV%, 2.01 GAA
Allen grabs the start as Carey Price started in yesterday’s 5-3 loss to Toronto. One of Marc Bergevin’s better acquisitions of the offseason, Allen has been spectacular and takes serious pressure off Price.