Game Preview 
Last game: MTL 2  NJD  1 (OT)  

Carey Price carried the Canadiens to overtime with Tomas Plekanec scoring the game-winner.

For a complete recap: Devils – Canadiens: Plekanec With OT Winner As Habs End Slide

Players to watch

  • Carey Price
    It is the 10th straight start for Price who has gone 6-2-1 since returning from injury. Price is looking forward to the outdoor game in Ottawa as he missed the 2016 NHL Winter Classic in Boston due to injury.
  • Daniel Carr
    Carr’s five game point streak came to an end against New Jersey but he has seven points in six games since his recall from Laval.
  • Alex Galchenyuk
    Despite being in and out of the Claude Julien doghouse, Galchenyuk has ten points in his last nine games.

Keys to Victory

  • Manage the conditions
    An outdoor game always yields challenges with respect to ice conditions, less lively boards and less than optimum lighting. The cold will be an additional factor for this game.
  • Keep the focus
    With all of the festivities connected to this game and deviations from routine, the Canadiens must focus on the task at hand keeping in mind that this is a very important contest to the standings.
  • Stay warm
    By the third period, temperatures are forecast to drop to -17C with a -25C wind chill. Players will have to adapt to frigid conditions.
Matchup by All Habs staff
Lansdowne Park, Ottawa, ON | Dec. 16, 7:00 PM ET | TV: CBC, SN, TVAS, NBCSN

2017-18 statistics

27 (29th) Points (rank) 32 (25th)
10-13-7 Record 14-14-4
5-5-5 Home/Away 5-7-1
2-7-1 Last 10 6-2-2
2.70 GF/G 2.68
3.30 GA/G 3.09
15.31 PP% 17.30
77.01 PK% 78.30
 48.14  CF%  51.67
Projected forward lines, defense pairings and goaltenders
Ryan – Duchene – Stone
Pyatt – Brassard – Dzingel
Smith – Pageau – Hoffman
Burrows – Thompson – Dumont
Pacioretty – Danault – Shaw
Galchenyuk – Drouin – Byron
Hudon – Plekanec – Gallagher 
Deslauriers – Froese – Carr
Oduya – Karlsson
Phaneuf – Ceci
Claesson – Chabot
Benn – Weber
Alzner – Petry
Jerabek – Schlemko
Out of the lineup
Scratched: Paul
Injured: Wideman, Borowiecki
Scratched: De La Rose, Morrow
Injured: Hemsky, Montoya, Lehkonen
Craig Anderson Carey Price
Record: 8-10-3
GAA: 3.05
Sv%: .897
SO: 1
Alternate: Mike Condon
Record: 9-9-2
GAA: 3.04
Sv%: .903
SO: 1
Alternate: Antti Niemi
 What to Expect
With so many external factors, outdoor games are very difficult to predict. 

Prediction: Canadiens 4  Senators 2 

The team that puts the conditions out of mind first will be able to focus for the win.

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