Stanley Cup Playoff Preview: Senators vs. Canadiens

The Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens will face off in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since the nasty series from 2013.

Between Carey Price, P.K. Subban, Erik Karlsson, Andrew Hammond, and emerging forward Mark Stone, there is plenty of intrigue in the all-Canadian match-up.

Is this the year that Montreal can return to the Stanley Cup Final or will the Hamburglar and Co. pull off the upset?

(A1) vs. (WC1)
G1 Wed., April 15 Ottawa @ Montreal, 7 p.m. ET CBC
G2 Fri., April 17 Ottawa @ Montreal, 7 p.m. ET CBC
G3 Sun., April 19 Montreal @ Ottawa, 7 p.m. ET CBC
G4 Wed., April 22 Montreal @ Ottawa, 7 p.m. ET CBC
G5* Fri., April 24 Ottawa @ Montreal, TBD CBC
G6* Sun., April 26 Montreal @ Ottawa, TBD CBC
G7* Tues., April 28 Ottawa @ Montreal, TBD CBC
• Play-by-play: Paul Romanuk; Game Analysts: Mike Johnson and Glenn Healy; Reporter: David Amber
• Chris Johnston, Eric Engels & Shannon Proudfoot cover the series for
• GamePlus features available in Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE

OTTAWA SENATORS: 43-26-13. 7th in Eastern Conference


MONTREAL CANADIENS: 50-22-10. 2nd in Eastern Conference


Sportsnet Magazine Stanley Cup Playoffs
The six reasons why Carey Price can take the Montreal Canadiens all the way. Download it right now on your iOS or Android device, free to Sportsnet ONE subscribers.

Ottawa: 3-1-0
Montreal: 1-3-0

Last game played head-to-head: On March 12, Hammond improved to 8-0-1 with a 27-save performance in a 5-2 win over Montreal. Erik Karlsson scored twice as Carey Price had a rare off night, allowing five goals on 28 shots.

Ottawa: Erik Karlsson (66), Kyle Turris (64), Mark Stone (64).
Montreal: Max Pacioretty (67), P.K. Subban (60), Tomas Plekanec (60).

Ottawa: 5on5CF% – 50.3; 5on5Sv% – .929; 5on5Sh% – 8.06; PDO = 101.0
Montreal: 5on5CF% – 48.4; 5on5Sv% – .939; 5on5Sh% – 7.84; PDO = 101.7

Ottawa: 6-2-2
Montreal: 5-2-3

LAST TIME THEY MET IN THE PLAYOFFS: In 2013, Ottawa and Montreal faced off in a highly-spirited affair. The Senators took the first series in the modern era between the two Canadian clubs 4-1 thanks to a dominant performance from goaltender Craig Anderson. But the series is most remembered for the blooming rivalry. Between the line brawl in Game 3, Eric Gryba’s monster open ice hit on Lars Eller, or Brandon Prust calling then-Senators coach Paul MacLean “a bug-eyed walrus”, there were plenty of story lines in the five-game series.

Kyle Turris shows off some slick handles before he sets up Mark Stone for an overtime winning goal against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Where would Montreal be without Carey Price? So obviously the team’s best highlight involves their best player. He absolutely robs rookie Kevin Fiala as he makes a diving backwards save.


Ottawa: Milan Michalek (day-to-day: head), Matt Puempel (day-to-day: lower-body), Robin Lehner (IR: concussion), Chris Phillips (IR: undisclosed)

Montreal: Max Pacioretty (day-to-day: head), Tom Glibert (day-to-day: upper-body)

When submitting content, please abide by our submission guidelines, and avoid posting profanity, personal attacks or harassment. Should you violate our submissions guidelines, we reserve the right to remove your comments and block your account. Sportsnet reserves the right to close a story’s comment section at any time.