The Habs have set a 2-1-2 record in their first five games against Ottawa this season

Jake Allen will be in goal for the Canadians when they play the Senators Thursday night in Ottawa (7 p.m., TSN2, TSN5, RDS, TSN 690 Radio, 985 FM)

This is the only change head coach Dominique Ducharme will make after the Canadians’ impressive 4-0 win over the Edmonton Oilers at the Bell Center on Tuesday night

When asked on Thursday morning whether he had already planned the schedule for his two goalkeepers for the month, Ducharme said: “Maybe not for the month. We have an idea how we want to use our boys”

Allen has a 4-3-4 record with a 234 goals against the average and a 920 percent save. Allen has no win in his last six games (0-2-4), but the Canadians only have in those games overall scored nine goals March at the Bell Center 25 saves in a 2-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks

Carey Price has an 11-5-5 record with a 259 goals against the average and a 906 percent save

“I think you can make a plan, but you always have to reconsider or adjust this plan if it goes on,” said Ducharme about how he plans to use his goalkeepers for the rest of the season. “You have to feel your team, You have to feel each individual, what the energy level (is), how they play and so on”With the long break, we wanted to make sure Jake was back on the net and not spending two weeks without playing or too long without playing. For us it was either tonight or Saturday so he’s leaving tonight”

Filip Gustavsson starts in goal for the Senators on Thursday evening. He has a 2-0-1 record with an 086 goals against the average and a 973 percent save

The Senators activated # 1 goalkeeper Matt Murray was struck off the injured reserve list Thursday morning after missing three weeks with an upper body injury, but he won’t get dressed for the game

“If we really needed him, we could go to him as the third man, but he’s not where we want him to get in and start being the player we want him to be is, “said Senator’s coach DJ Said Smith Thursday morning when asked about Murray

The Senators signed a four-year $ 25 million deal with 26-year-old Murray last October after acquiring him through a deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins, who has done this season with a 7-12-1 record To fight a 3, 84 goals against the average and save a 880 percent

The Canadiens have a 15-8-9 record and are fourth in the all-Canadian Northern Division The Senators have a 12-20-4 record and are last in the seven-team division

The Canadians have set a 2-1-2 record in their first five games against the Senators this season

This is the first game in a week for the Senators, who lost 3-2 to the Toronto Maple Leafs in Ottawa last Thursday evening

The Canadiens played one of their best games of the season against the Oilers on Tuesday night and won for the first time since February 2, a period of 22 games

“We want to get better in every area,” said Ducharme. “I don’t think there is one thing that we can take from the last game and say that we really have to be better in one part”We always work to get better in every situation and we want to do that from the last game”

Jonathan Drouin noted Thursday morning that the Canadians need to start again quickly against the Senators, as they did against the Oilers when they took a 2-0 lead in less than four minutes

“Ottawa is going to play a close game tonight,” Drouin said. “They check hard, they check really hard, they chase. There’s no three-on-two or two-on-one – those are rare against Ottawa I think we focus only on our game because we know that on the other hand they will work hard and play well ”

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Tyler Toffoli, who leads the Canadiens with 18 goals, has not made the trip to Ottawa and will miss his third game in a row with a lower body injury

“He stayed in Montreal,” said Ducharme “He’s getting treatments and skating there. It hasn’t changed for us. We expect him to be back soon”

Joel Armia remains on the NHL’s COVID-related absentee list after testing positive for a variant of the coronavirus last week.Eric Staal is also on the COVID list as he continues his seven-day quarantine after being quarantined last Friday from the Buffalo Sabers was acquired and arrives in Montreal on Saturday

The Canadiens held an optional morning skate in Ottawa. Here’s what their forward lines and defensive pairings are likely to look like against the Senators:

Drouin – Suzuki – Anderson Tatar – Danault – Gallagher Byron – Kotkaniemi – Lehkonen Frolik – Evans – Perry

However, Ducharme said Thursday morning he plans to keep the 21-year-old Russian on his stronger left side, even after Ben Chiarot finally returned to the line-up after an operation on his broken hand

“We want to keep him on the left,” said Ducharme, adding that Romanov will handle the puck less on his backhand “I think it helps his game the way he guys get through the neutral Zone and approaching high into our zone, I think he’s doing a good job on the left. When he gets the puck, it’s easier to see the game when you’re on your strong side ”

On the way to Thursday night’s game, Romanov had 1-4-5 totals in 31 games and was plus-5 while averaging 17:29 ice time per game. He also led the Canadiens in hits with 84, ahead of Josh Anderson (77) and Paul Byron (71)

Ducharme has liked what he’s seen of Brett Kulak since pairing up with Jeff Petry after Chiarot’s hand injury

“He seems to enjoy playing with Jeff,” said the coach. “Both guys are running really well. The way Kuly skates is something he can get close to the guys very quickly, and that’s part where he succeeds in doing that, and he’s been doing this consistently lately. He has to keep doing this

“He just keeps it easy with the puck,” added Ducharme. “He has the legs to be in the game and support the attack I think it’s a part of him that moves well and makes good decisions With the puck and without the puck, the quick and easy playing with the puck is quick and easy ”

When Kulak entered the game on Thursday night, he had 0-4-4 totals in 28 games and was plus-7 while averaging 15:18 ice time per game

“I think our skating ability is probably one of our greatest assets,” Petry said of his partnership with Kulak. “Our ability to skate – and that’s offensive, defensive, closing, killing games – it all starts from there me think he does a really good job using what he does best and making it very effective ”

On the way to Thursday night’s game, Petry had 11-16-27 totals in 32 games and was plus-15 while averaging 22:35 ice time per game

Canadian defender Joel Edmundson, who was Petry’s partner before Chiarot was injured, beat the Oilers by plus-3 on Tuesday, improving his best plus / minus rating in the league to plus-27

Edmundson is ahead of Edmonton Oilers striker Leon Draisaitl (plus-21), defenseman Devon Toews (plus-20) of Colorado Avalanche and defenseman Darnell Nurse (plus-20) in the NHL plus / minus rankings by Oilers

On the way to the game on Thursday evening, the Canadian center Phillip Danault took fifth place among the NHL strikers with plus / minus at plus-17. In front of Danault were Draisaitl (plus-21), Carter Verhaeghe (plus-19) from the Florida Panthers, Mitch Marner of the Toronto Maple Leafs (plus-18) and Nathan MacKinnon of the Avalanche (plus-18)

The Canadians have planned a training session for 11 a.m. Friday at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard, before the Senators will face again on Saturday evening at the Bell Center (7 p.m.) m, CBC, SN, CITY, TVA Sports, TSN 690 Radio , 985 FM)

Next week will be the first of five consecutive weeks that the Canadians will play four games.The Canadiens will play the Oilers at the Bell Center on Monday night (7pm) on m, TSN2, SNW, RDS, TSN 690 Radio, 985 FM ) before heading to Toronto to play the Maple Leafs Wednesday night (7:30 p.m., SN, NBCSN, RDS, TSN 690 Radio, 985 FM) The Canadiens will then return to two consecutive games on Thursday night (7:30 p.m.) the Winnipeg Jets back home at the Bell Center, TSN2, TSN3, RDS, TSN 690 Radio, 985 FM) and Saturday evenings (7 pm, SNE, SNW, CITY, TVA Sports, TSN 690 Radio, 985 FM)

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