OTTAWA – Here are five things you need to know before Thursday's game against the senators.
1 The Canadiens begin a three-game trip Thursday night with the end of a home-and-home series against Guy Boucher's contingent in Ottawa. The Habs handed the senators a 5-2 defeat at the Bell Center earlier this week, with Max Domi and Jonathan Drouin leading the way offensively with three points each. By scoring twice and kicking with an assist too, Domi became the first Hab to reach the 30-point mark in the year. In turn, Drouin scored once and helped the two Domi markers to increase their sequence of points for three straight games. Artturi Lehkonen and Brendan Gallagher lit the lamp behind Craig Anderson. It was the fourth game in a row when the Canadiens filled the net with at least 40 shots on goal.
Video: Domi, Drouin, each with three points in the 5-2 victory of the Habs
2 After defeating the senators with a 28-save performance, Price Carey will once again get the nod between the tubes. It will mark your sixth straight start. Likewise, Anderson will also have the start of the goal again for Ottawa, while the senators seek to avenge the defeat of Tuesday night in Montreal. On the Canadiens' previous visit to Ottawa on October 20, Price deflected 30 of the 34 pitches against a 4 to 3 loss in TO. Claude Julien's troops will hit the ice at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday to prepare for the next installment of the rivalry. It remains to see if there will be any programming changes to report.
3 Defender Noah Juulsen practiced with contact on Wednesday for the first time since suffering a fractured cheekbone on Nov. 19 against the Washington Capitals. He accompanied the Canadiens on the road and hopes to possibly fit in Chicago on Sunday. This all depends on your discussions with the team's medical staff. When Juulsen receives the green light, he will be using a protective cage in his mask. The 21-year-old blueliner has watched the last seven games outside.
Video: Noah Juulsen on practice with contact
4 Only Dylan DeMelo and Mark Stone managed to resolve Price during Tuesday night. Stone is one of three players on the Senate list with 30 or more points so far this season along with Matt Duchene (34 points) and Thomas Chabot (31 points). Undoubtedly, Ottawa will be a hungry group as it tries to deny the Canadians a second straight win. Senators are an impressive 9-4-2 in their own barn during the 2018-19 campaign.
5 The disc fall on Thursday night is set for 19:30. You can pick up all the action on TV on TSN2, TSN5 and RDS, and listen to the game on TSN Radio 690 and 98.5 fm. After the competition, the Canadiens will remain in Ottawa before flying to Windy City on Friday. They will be back in action against the Blackhawks on Sunday at the United Center.