Game-day Preview #25: Ottawa Senators @ Montreal Canadiens

Joey Daccord #34 of the Ottawa Senators (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

The Senators kick off a 6-game road trip tonight in Montreal

Despite not having much success in the North division up until this point, the Senators have won 3 out of the first 4 meetings and will try to take a stranglehold on the season series between the bitter rivals.

Playoffs?

I would say pump the brakes on this… but why not, if any team can pull this off, could it possibly be the sickos?

The Senators currently sit 6 points back of the 4th place Canadiens who occupy the final playoff spot in the North Division, however, the Habs do have 4 games in hand, but a win tonight brings the Senators within just 2 games of a playoff spot.

Having won 6 of their last 9 games, and with the promising development of their young core so far this season, who is to say it can’t be done.

Player to Watch: Joey Daccord

Announced as the starter for tonight’s game, Daccord will make his second career NHL start and has a chance to solidify his spot as the team’s backup. Marcus Hogberg hasn’t been near good enough to maintain the backup spot and a few good performances by Daccord could solidify a new goalie tandem for the rest of the season.

Daccord hasn’t looked his usual self in the AHL in his first two starts – dropping both contests with underwhelming stats (0.867 SV%, 5.00 GAA), however, if you watched the games you’d know the 24-year-old didn’t have much of a chance. He’s got one period in the NHL so far this season in relief of Matt Murray, stopping all 5 shots that he faced.

Despite not appearing in an NHL game last season, Daccord made his debut following his senior season at Arizona State versus the Buffalo Sabres, despite a few shaky moments he looked like a capable NHLer, allowing 5 goals on 40 shots in a 5-2 loss.

Fingers crossed for Daccord to get his first career win tonight in a crucial game.

News & Notes

  • The Senators made the following roster moves:

Expect Erik Brannstrom and Micheal Haley back in the lineup for tonight’s game.

  • In injury-related news, Derek Stepan has been ruled out for the remainder of the season due to season-ending shoulder surgery, the injury was suffered in the last meeting between the two teams

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Starting Goalies

Joey Daccord

1 GP, 0-0-0, 1.000 SV%, 0.00 GAA

Making his 2nd career NHL start, the 6’3″, 205-pound Daccord will look for his 1st career NHL win.

Carey Price

12 GP, 5-4-3, 0.888 SV%, 3.13 GAA

Price has declined since a hot start to the season and if he’s struggling to stop the puck, the Canadiens will struggle and they have. Price has conceded 4+ goals in each of his last 3 games, combine that with the fact the Senators have 3+ goals in their last 6 games and you have a recipe for success.