A different Ottawa team.
Tonight in Ottawa, the Montreal Canadiens will face the Ottawa Senators for the second time this week.
Montreal managed to defeat the Senators by 4-3 last tuesday in Montreal but tonight the Senators will present a better opposition. Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson, two of Ottawa's prime offensive weapons will be in the lineup after recovering from injuries.
Heatley came back in action on thursday and scored two goals while Alfredsson will be back in Ottawa's lineup tonight. Both of these players are very important for Ottawa who struggled a bit during their absence.
Montreal stands only three points behind Ottawa before tonight's game and will have to play a perfect game to win. The Canadiens will practically have no margin for error tonight. Just a little letdown and the team will suffer a loss.
In a very disputed Eastern conference standings, the Canadiens should be very careful and avoid an important losing streak right now. Montreal can slip from the 4th position to the 7th place in a matter of a few games. This is really a bad time to begin a long losing streak.
If Montreal wants to avoid problems, they have to play a perfect game tonight and find a way to defeat the Senators. But the Senators have the 4-3 loss fresh in their memory and will want to avenge tuesday's loss.
Tonight's game should be filled with action and intensity.
(Picture: Daniel Alfredsson, RDS.ca)