Ottawa Senators vs. Montreal Canadiens - 1/16/14
Montreal Canadiens (26-16-5) at Ottawa Senators (21-18-8)
NHL Hockey: Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Canadian Tire Centre)
The Line: Ottawa Senators -105 / Montreal Canadiens -105 --- Over/Under: 5.5 See the Latest Odds
The Canadiens look to exact some revenge in Ottawa on Thursday night as the Atlantic division counterparts meet up at the Canadian Tire Centre.
The Canadiens dropped their last decision at the Bell Centre against the Senators and will look to return the favour in Ottawa tonight and trim their divisional deficit in the process. Montreal currently sits in third place in the Atlantic division but are just three points back of the Bruins and Lightning for top spot and with both of those team in action tonight the Habs could pull to within a single point of top spot if things fall into place for them. Carey Price will be back between the pipes for the Canadiens in this one as he is likely to take on youngster Robin Lehner who has seemingly taken the goaltending duties away from veteran Craig Anderson. Montreal has been consistent all season long and with the proximity of tonight’s game being so close to home you can bet that they will be well represented in the crowd and the fans will do their best to replicate the atmosphere in the Bell Centre.
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The Senators have started to turn the corner and while they are still a ways from jumping back into the discussion of a playoff contender they are certainly making the right strides to do so and a large part of that is getting Lehner into more games. Despite their inconsistent season the Senators are just a single point back of the Rangers for the last playoff spot in the Conference which goes to show how much the East has struggled this season as there is a 19 point disparity between first and eighth. Ottawa has had success against the Canadiens of late including going on the road to claim a shootout victory the last time these teams met and with Ottawa being at home here they certainly have a great shot at winning their second straight. However, the goaltending advantage for Montreal is something they can hold on to on almost every night of the week and I think it makes enough of a difference here for the Canadiens to leave Ottawa with two big points although it could be a game where the Sens grab a point as well.