Canadiens at Senators: Five things you should know


Nick Suzuki had three assists in Monday’s 3-2 overtime win over Toronto and has four goals and six assists in a six-game scoring streak.

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Here are five things you should know about the Canadiens-Senators game at the Canadian Tire Centre on Wednesday (7 p.m., SN, RDS, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5FM):

The matchup: This is the last of 10 games in the season series between these teams and the Canadiens needed two third-period goals and an overtime winner from rookie Cole Caufield to edge the Senators 3-2 at the Bell Centre on Saturday. While the Senators have the worst winning percentage in the Canadian division, they have given the Canadiens all they can handle this season and Montreal goes into this game with a 4-3-2 record against the Senators. Montreal is hoping to move past Winnipeg for third place in the division, while the Senators have dropped out of playoff contention.

Suzuki, Toffoli lead offence: With Tomas Tatar, Brendan Gallagher, Paul Byron and Jonathan Drouin out of the lineup, Nick Suzuki has stepped into the void. Suzuki has found the consistency that eluded him earlier in his sophomore season. He had three assists in Monday’s 3-2 overtime win over Toronto and has four goals and six assists in a six-game scoring streak. Tyler Toffoli has also been on a run. The off-season pick-up has goals in seven of his last eight games and also added two assists during that run. Toffoli has 28 goals on the season to rank fourth in the NHL.

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Moving up, moving down: Caufield will move up to one of the top two lines as he joins Phil Danault and Josh Anderson. Danault’s line is usually tasked with stopping the opposition’s top line, but head coach Dominique Ducharme said that it becomes less of a factor on the road when he doesn’t have the last line change. Jesperi Kotkaniemi, who has struggled with consistency, drops down to the fourth line with Jake Evans and Artturi Lehkonen. Also dropping down is rookie defenceman Alexander Romanov, who goes from the top pairing alongside Ben Chiarot to the third paring with Jon Merrill.

Price’s return delayed: Goaltender Carey Price, who has been sidelined since April 19 with a concussion, was supposed to resume skating Tuesday but now is scheduled to work out on his own in Montreal. Ducharme said Price will not accompany the team to Ottawa, but will join his teammates in Toronto where they play Thursday and Saturday. Price isn’t expected to play either of those games, but the Canadiens are hoping he’ll be ready next week when the season concludes with two home games against Edmonton. Jake Allen will start in Ottawa. It will be his 26th appearance, which is one more than Price.

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The other guys: The Senators did Montreal a favour by beating Winnipeg 2-1 Monday, but they won’t be in a charitable mood for this game. Ottawa is led by the combative Brady Tkachuk, who has a team-leading 34 points including 16 goals. Connor Brown is the team’s top goal-scorer with 18, followed by Drake Batherson (17), Tkachuk, rookie Josh Norris (15), Evgenii Dadonov (13) and Colin White (10). Defence has been a problem, but Filip Gustavsson, the fifth goaltender the Senators have used this season, may be the key to the future. In his six starts, he has a 3-1-2 record with a 1.87 goals-against average and a .944 save percentage.

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