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Montreal at Ottawa
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, October 20, 2018
Where: Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario

Carey Price is coming off the worst season of his career but he has a chance to reach a significant milestone when the Montreal Canadiens visit the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night. Price, who returned to the lineup Wednesday after sitting out two games with the flu, can match Hall of Famer Patrick Roy for the second-most wins in franchise history.

"Definitely pretty cool. That's a statistic I can definitely be proud of," said Price, who improved to 288-202-63 with Wednesday's 3-2 victory over St. Louis. "It's what I dreamt of as a kid, being like Patrick." The Canadiens have yet to surrender more than three goals in their surprising 4-1-1 start and will take a three-game winning streak into Ottawa. Behind an offense that is ranked second in the league in goals scored, the Senators have won two in a row, outscoring Los Angeles and Dallas by a combined 9-2. Ottawa has dropped six of the last seven meetings (1-5-1) against Montreal, including the past three at the Canadian Tire Centre.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, Sportsnet360, CITY, TVAS

ABOUT THE CANADIENS (4-1-1): Montreal batted .500 on the injury front Friday, learning that forward Tomas Plekanec could be sidelined for a significant amount of time and revealing that forward Nicolas Deslauriers has been cleared to return to the lineup. Plekanec underwent an MRI exam after experiencing back pain and is expected to be out "at least a couple of weeks before he can get better," coach Claude Julien said. Deslauriers, who has been out with a facial fracture since the preseason opener, is expected to skate on the fourth line Saturday.

ABOUT THE SENATORS (3-2-1): Rookie defenseman Maxime Lajoie scored in Monday's 4-1 victory over Dallas to take over the team lead with four goals -- a stunning development since he tallied once in 56 games last season in the American Hockey League. "It's hard to explain, I'm not too sure what's going on right now," Lajoie said. "I guess I'm just at the right spot at the right time. Guys are making plays for me so it's been nice." Chris Tierney and Matt Duchene each collected their team-high sixth assists in Ottawa's three-goal third period versus the Stars.

OVERTIME

1. Senators F Brady Tkachuk, the No. 4 pick in this year's draft, is expected to miss a month with a torn ligament in his leg.

2. Price is 22-9-4 with a 2.29 goals-against average versus Ottawa.

3. Senators G Craig Anderson has yielded on goal in each of his last two starts after permitting 13 in his first three.

PREDICTION: Canadiens 3, Senators 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Montreal 4-1-1-0 W3 3-1-0-0 1-0-1-0 0-0-0-0 4-1-1-0 1-0-1-0
Ottawa 3-2-1-0 W2 2-1-1-0 1-1-0-0 1-1-0-0 2-1-1-0 1-1-0-0
Last Meeting
Montreal Ottawa
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
2/4/18 OTT 1 MON 4 35 25 2-3 26 31 0-1
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Montreal A. Lehkonen 2
Ottawa M. Hoffman 1
Goals Player  
Montreal A. Lehkonen 2
Ottawa M. Hoffman 1
Assists Player  
Montreal A. Galchenyuk 1
Ottawa C. Anderson 0
Saves Player  
Montreal C. Price 25
Ottawa M. Condon 31
Season
Total Points Player  
Montreal T. Tatar 11
Ottawa M. Duchene 11
Goals Player  
Montreal B. Gallagher 6
Ottawa M. Lajoie 4
Assists Player  
Montreal P. Danault 6
Ottawa M. Duchene 8
Saves Player  
Montreal C. Price 168
Ottawa C. Anderson 248
Quickchart Matchup
Montreal Off vs  Ottawa Def
3.33 GF
3.67 GA
33.8 Shots
38.3 Shots
4 PP
5 PK
Ottawa Off vs  Montreal Def
4 GF
2.5 GA
26.8 Shots
26.3 Shots
5 PP
5 PK