Here’s a look at how the Senators and Canadiens matchup

Here’s a look at how the Senators and Canadiens matchup in Round 1.

Montreal Canadiens (2) vs. Ottawa Senators (7)
STRENGTHS
Senators: The Senators were terrific at killing penalties during the regular season, finishing first with an efficiency percentage of 88.0. This is a good thing because they are the league’s third-most penalized team, averaging 13.6 minutes a game. Only five teams had more majors than Ottawa’s 27. It helps that they have two of the league’s better goalies in Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner, who together helped the Senators finish second in goals-against average, allowing only 2.08 per game.
Canadiens: The Canadiens finished fourth in goals for during the regular season, with 3.04 per game, and with the fourth-best power play (20.7 per cent), so they can score. They are also deep up front, with three lines that can score. Eight of the nine forwards had more than 25 points. The ninth, René Bourque, played only 27 games because of a concussion and finished with seven goals and six assists. P.K. Subban, getting consideration for the Norris Trophy in the absence of Erik Karlsson for much of the season, had 11 goals and 27 assists. He and Andrei Markov have done a terrific job anchoring the points on Montreal’s power play.
WEAKNESSES
Senators: Without Jason Spezza and Karlsson for much of the season, the Senators have struggled to score goals, generating only 114. They finished 27th in the league with an average of 2.33 goals per game. Only five players finished with 20 or more points. The power play was also not very good, finishing 20th at 15.9 per cent. This is where Karlsson will be important.
Canadiens: On the flip side of an excellent power play, the Canadiens haven’t been very good at killing penalties. They finished 23rd, at 79.8 per cent, allowing 11 goals on 36 chances over the final eight games. The Canadiens also finished 14th in goals against, at 2.58 per game. Carey Price is also a question mark, after his poor finish.
For the Senators to win: Karlsson will have to help them generate some offence, and veterans such as Daniel Alfredsson, Milan Michalek, and Kyle Turris, the team’s leading scorer, will have to find a way to contribute. They also need Craig Anderson to continue his fine play. He finished with the best goals-against average (1.69) and the best save percentage (.941) and if he hadn’t suffered an ankle injury, he would have had more than 12 wins. But the Canadiens will test him.
For the Canadiens to win: Price must regain his early-season form. He finished the regular season poorly and slid deep into the pack. His goals-against average ended up 29th, at 2.59, and his save percentage was 35th, at .905. Overall, Price has a playoff record of 8-15. During the regular season, the teams split, each getting a regulation win and one in a shootout.
Game 1, Thursday night in Montreal, 7 p.m.

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