Senators @ Canadiens: line up

Canadiens Lineup

Forward lines

Corey Perry – Nick Suzuki – Josh Anderson

 

Tomas Tatar – Phillip Danault – Brendan Gallagher

 

Jonathan Drouin – Jesperi Kotkaniemi – Tyler Toffoli

 

Paul Byron – Jake Evans – Artturi Lehkonen

Defence pairings

Joel Edmundson – Shea Weber

 

Brett Kulak – Jeff Petry

 

Alexander Romanov – Victor Mete

Goaltenders

Carey Price – Jake Allen

Scratches

Michael Frolik, Xavier Ouellet

Taxi Squad

Cole Caufield, Gustav Olofsson, Lukas Vejdemo, Charlie Lindgren

Injuries

Ben Chiarot (hand), Joel Armia (COVID protocol)

 

Game Report

 

Twenty-eight seconds into the match, Brendan Gallagher was assessed a double-minor for high sticking. Fourteen seconds later, the Senators opened the scoring on the power-play. And from that point on, the Canadiens were expending energy chasing the game.

 

After two solid defensive efforts earlier in the week, Montreal offered up one of their most mistake-filled games of the season. Turnovers leading to odd-man rushes by Ottawa and weak positional play in their own zone yielded a bounty of grade ‘A’ chances by the Senators. Carey Price was left on his own, and was forced to make a number of big saves.

 

As interim coach Dominique Ducharme said post-game, “We gave them gifts.”

 

Jeff Petry was the most generous in the gift-giving department, finishing the game with a minus-5 rating. It was one of the worst games in recent memory for Petry.

 

Brief moments of positive play came from Josh Anderson and Nick Suzuki. In a game such as this, it is hard to properly evaluate, but Corey Perry didn’t look like a good fit with his two new line-mates.

 

Ducharme wasn’t willing to concede that his squad, when not much was going right 5-on-5, could have been helped by better special teams play. Ottawa had a short-handed goal and one on the power-play. After starting well under the new coaching regime, the Canadiens power-play has been anemic.

 

Up Next

The Canadiens will have a day off on Sunday. They return to action on Monday when Montreal hosts the Edmonton Oilers at the Bell Centre.

Plus

 

▲ Carey Price, Josh Anderson, Nick Suzuki

 

Minus

▼  Jeff Petry, Brendan Gallagher, Jonathan Drouin, Brett Kulak, Phillip Danault

Game Preview

Check out the game preview here: Senators @ Canadiens: Creating New Chemistry

 

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