Pre-game Notes and Quotes
  • Michel Therrien on the progress Max Pacioretty has made in his first season as captain: “You have to remember that there’s a learning curve to being a captain. Pacioretty focuses on doing the right things and emphasizes the importance of communication. It takes time to develop. You can’t just give the ‘C’ to a guy. It takes time to learn and adapt. Gaining experience and facing adversity will help him become a better captain and he’s learning that on the job.”
  • Greg Pateryn on the team’s most recent win against the Sabres: “I think everyone knew after last game that we needed to come back strong and respond with a good team victory. I think that’s what we did. That’s really the group of guys that we have, I really like playing those types of games. It kind of shows everyone’s attitude and character. It was a good win.”
  • Ottawa is riding a modest two game winning streak on home ice, but have lost 6 of their past 9 games overall (albeit two of those losses were in a shootout).
  • It is also worth noting that Jean-Gabriel Pageau has 7 points (2 goals and 5 assists) in 9 career games against the Canadiens. This 0.78 points per game average against the Canadiens is even more impressive when looking at his career and season stats to date; 0.38 and 0.49 points per game respectively.
  • While the Canadiens have a 27-15-3 record versus teams in the Eastern Conference this season, the Senators have a 19-22-6 record against teams from the East.
  • So far this season, the Canadiens have a 15-7-1 record versus teams in the Atlantic division, while the Senators have a 13-12-2 record versus teams coming from the Atlantic.
  • The Canadiens have moved down in the standings for the goals against category, as they are currently in 21st in the league in goals against, with 200 in 71 games. The Senators have allowed 223 goals in 72 games and find themselves in last in the league.
  • The Canadiens have maintained their place in the standings for the goals scored category as they are currently in 15th place in the NHL, with 191 over their first 71 games. The Senators are 5th in this category with 206 goals scored in their first 72 games.
Matchup 
Canadian Tire Center, Ottawa, ON. | March 19, 7:00 PM ET | TV: SN, TVAS

2015-16 statistics

SENATORS CANADIENS
74 (12th) Points (Eastern Conf. rank) 72 (13th)
33-31-8 Record 33-32-6
19-12-5 Home 19-13-3
14-19-3 Road 14-19-3
4-4-2 Last 10 4-5-1
2.86 G/G 2.69
3.10 GA/G 2.82
16.7 PP% 17.1
75.1 PK% 83.7
 46.6  CF%*  52.0
50.2 CF60*  55.3
57.6 CA60* 51.1
*Advanced statistics: Score adjusted, even strength. CF%: Corsi for percentage of total  CF60: Corsi For/60 minutes  CA60: Corsi Against/60 minutes (via War on Ice)
Projected forward lines, defense pairings and goaltenders
Forwards
Smith – Pageau – Stone
Hoffman – Zibanejad – Chiasson
Dzingel – Gomez – Ryan
Paul – Lazar – Neil
Pacioretty – Galchenyuk – Andrighetto
Eller – Plekanec – Byron
Matteau – McCarron – Lessio
Mitchell – Danault – Brown
Expected scratches: Gallagher, De la Rose
Defensemen
Methot – Karlsson
Phaneuf – Ceci
Kostka – Wideman
Markov – Beaulieu
Emelin – Pateryn
Bartley – Dietz
Expected scratches: Subban
Goalies
Andrew Hammond (Confirmed) Ben Scrivens  (Confirmed)
2015-’16 regular season:
Record: 4-8-4
GAA: 2.86
Sv%: .908
SO: 0
Alternate: Craig Anderson
2015-’16 regular season:
Record: 5-6-0
GAA: 2.90
Sv%: .908
SO: 0
Alternate: Mike Condon
Fantasy Outlook
  • Top scorers for the Senators at home this season are:
  1. Erik Karlsson (with 43 points in 36 games)
  2. Mark Stone (with 27 points in 35 games)
  3. Mike Hoffman and Bobby Ryan (both with 26 points in 33 and 36 games respectively)
  • Top scorers for the Canadiens on the road this season are:
  1. Max Pacioretty (with 28 points in 36 games)
  2. Andrei Markov (with 27 points in 36 games)
  3. Alex Galchenyuk (with 26 points in 36 games)

* – Currently injured

Player stats from War-on-Ice, NHL.com and Yahoo Sports.

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