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(2) Canadiens - (7) Senators preview - 05-02-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

 

(2) Canadiens vs. (7) Senators

Canadiens Leading Regular Season Scorer: Max Pacioretty (right), 39 points (15 goals, 24 assists).

Senators Leading Regular Season Scorer: Kyle Turris, 29 points (12 goals, 17 assists).

Canadiens Expected Starting Goaltender: Carey Price, 21-13-4, 2.59 GAA, .905 SV%.

Senators Expected Starting Goaltender: Craig Anderson, 12-9-2, 1.69 GAA, .941 SV%.

Canadiens Regular Season Statistics

Senators Regular Season Statistics

Canadiens Injuries: Defenseman Alexei Emelin (knee) is out.

Senators Injuries: Defenseman Chris Phillips ("lower body") is out. Left winger Mike Hoffman (collarbone) is out. Center Dave Dziurzynski (concussion) and Jason Spezza (back) are on injured reserve.

Canadiens with Stanley Cup bling: Brian Gionta, RW; Tomas Kaberle, D; Travis Moen, LW; Michael Ryder, RW.

Senators with Stanley Cup bling: Sergei Gonchar, D.

Something worthwhile about the Canadiens: The Canadiens are the only team in the postseason which failed to score a short-handed goal in the regular season.

Something worthwhile about the Senators: The Senators had the league's best penalty kill this season at 88.0 percent.

Something useless about the Canadiens that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: The last Canadiens goaltender to stop a postseason penalty shot was Andy Moog who denied former Penguins right winger Aleksey Morozov during overtime of a 3-2 Canadiens win in Game 1 of a 1998 Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Something useless about the Senators that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: Former Penguins goaltender Patrick Lalime is the Senators' all-time leader in postseason shutouts with five.

Former Penguins on the Canadiens: Colby Armstrong, RW; Marc Bergevin, general manager; J.J. Daigneault, assistant coach; Michel Therrien, head coach.

Former Penguins on the Senators: Sergei Gonchar, D.

Who needs to be the difference for the Canadiens: Carey Price. Montreal's defense has been floundering as of late. Price needs to steal some goals and make up for the mistakes this defense is bound to make.

Who needs to be the difference for the Senators: Daniel Alfredsson and Gonchar. With injuries ravaging the Senators this season, veterans Alfredsson and Gonchar managed to keep this team together and direct it to the postseason. They need to be leaders for a mostly young roster.

Best Canadiens YouTube Video We Could Find: Former Canadiens center Vincent Damphousse scoring an overtime goal in a 3-2 win against the Rangers in a 1996 Eastern Conference quarterfinal series:

Best Senators YouTube Video We Could Find: Former Senators defenseman Igor Kravchuk securing a series-clinching 3-1 win in Game 6 of a 1998 Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Devils with an empty-net goal:

EN Prediction: The Canadiens had some significant defensive issues down the stretch. They'll have their hands full with a skilled but mostly inexperienced crew of skilled forwards up front for the Senators. Senators 4-3.

(Photos: Pacioretty-Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images; Alfredsson-Photobucket)

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