Currently sitting in an impressive third spot in the NHL standings, the Montreal Canadiens are being watched by every team in the East, and the Ottawa Senators have their binoculars out. Ottawa has had success against Montreal, but that has been inside their own barn. Ottawa currently leads the season series 2-1,with their only loss coming at The Bell Centre.
Ben Bishop was the last netminder to beat Montreal for the Senators, so it wouldn’t be a surprise for him to get the start. But, the Habs have won three straight, while Ottawa has only won one in their last six. In order for Ottawa to come home with a win, they are going to need to stop the recent success of PK Subban and Michael Ryder. Carey Price has also been dominant, while winning four of five against the Senators.
Ottawa still has the best goals against average in the league, and is second in penalty killing, so their defense has been getting the job done. The stellar play from all of Ottawa’s defensemen can let them leave Montreal with a win, but that will only be if the offense tallies a couple goals to do so. Sitting 18th in the league on the Power Play, being able to find some twine will surely help Ottawa take on the East’s best team.
Yes, Ottawa can beat Montreal, but it will be a bit of a struggle. The Senators seem to be homesick, as they rarely come away with a win on the road.
Sergei Gonchar and Kyle Turris have had success away from Scotiabank Place, so look for them to be an impact in the game. Surely, the road woes of Ottawa are going to come to an end, and right now is as good a time for it to do so as any. The Eastern Conference is a tight race, and with less than 25 games remaining, every point Ottawa can produce helps them reach their first goal of the season: making the playoffs.