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Anticipation, anyone? 36 hours from now, the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators will see the puck dropped on what I expect to be a great first round series. So many good storylines. Subban vs. Karlsson. Price vs. Anderson. Therrien vs. MacLean. While I expect the Senators to be extremely tough competitors - let's face it, just about every playoff adversary is - I do think the Habs hold the edge in this series, and I expect them to win in 6 games. One aspect I'm keen to look for it how Montreal tries to control the flow of the series. Playing defensive hockey will only play into Ottawa's hands, so I am looking for Therrien and co. to try and breakout through the series and, with their speed and offence, apply pressure to Ottawa's defence. I'm also curious to see how many Canadiens fans end up at the Corel Cent, er Scotiabank Place, as I expect thousands to make the trip down highway 417.
As for other sidestories to this series, one curious one is the legal ...
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The Montreal Canadiens snagged the #2 seed in the East on the last day of the season. Thursday night they will take on the #7 seed, Ottawa Senators. To give us a hand from the Habs point of view, Andrew Berkshire (@AndrewBerkshire) of HabsEyesOnThePrize.com took a few shifts with us. Make sure to follow the them on Twitter @HabsEOTP.
1. It was looking like we were headed towards...
The Montreal Canadiens are happy to be getting ready for what could a hard-fought first-round playoff series against the Ottawa Senators.
The Canadiens were last in the Eastern Conference a year ago and by late April were well into their offseason routines.
Now they face a best-of-seven conference quarterfinal against their closest geographical rival.
Thursday night the #7 seed in the East, the Ottawa Senators, head to Montreal to take on the #2 seed Montreal Canadiens. To give us the lowdown from the Senators perspective, we’ve reached out to Peter Raaymakers of Silversevensens.com. Make sure to check the site out and follow them on Twitter at @SilverSevenSens.
1. Congrats on the big win in Boston. How important was it...
(2) Montreal Canadiens 29-14-5 vs. (7) Ottawa Senators 25-17-6
Game 1: Thursday, May 2, 7pm - Ottawa @ Montreal
Game 2: Friday, May 3, 7pm - Ottawa @ Montreal
Game 3: Sunday, May 5, 7pm - Montreal @ Ottawa
Game 4: Tuesday, May 7, 7pm - Montreal @ Ottawa
Game 5: Thursday, May 9, 7pm - Ottawa @ Montreal*
Game 6: Saturday, May 11, TBD - Montreal...
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(5) How will Michel Therrien deploy the Tomas Plekanec line?
A lot of what Montreal is and isn't able to do hinges on the Tomas Plakenec line, and their ability to match-up against tough competition in defense-oriented minutes. He'll start the series with Michael Ryder and Brian Gionta on his wing, a trio of talented forwards...
When the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens open their series tomorrow at the Bell Centre, Andrei Markov won't just be wearing 79 on his back, he'll be wearing a bull's-eye.
Roughing up Markov has to be fundamental to the Sens gameplan for two reasons:
1) Given all the injuries, and given Markov's age, the hit parade on him is sure to wear him down.
So Eugene Melnyk has joined Twitter (@melnykeugene). The Ottawa Senators organization has confirmed Melnyk's presence on the social networking tool, but I won't believe it's truly him until Twitter's forensic investigators validate his presence themselves.
It's a great day for those who always looking forward to hearing what the Sens' unabashed owner has...
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A longstanding rivalry between the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Senators figures to escalate quickly as the two organizations meet for the first time in the National Hockey League era.
Ottawa has been a regular fixture of the Eastern Conference playoff bracket since their return in 1992, but have remarkably never drawn their divisional...
To kick off the week following Sunday's win over the Boston Bruins, Senators GM Bryan Murray made an appearance on yesterday afternoon's edition of The Drive.
During the course of the interview, Murray discussed a variety of topics including: Spezza's health, avoiding the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round, Chris Neil's fight with Milan Lucic and their first...
Daniel Alfredsson has tormented the Canadiens since he began his Ottawa Senators career in 1995, but he has never faced Montreal in the playoffs.
The 40-year-old Alfredsson will finally get that chance Thursday night when the Senators and Canadiens face off in the postseason for the first time in Game 1 of the first-round matchup.
''It's going to be a great series because...