Montreal Canadiens: Habs Looking To Avenge Loss Against Ottawa Senators With Rematch Tuesday

Montreal Canadiens v Ottawa Senators
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The Montreal Canadiens didn't get the result they wanted when they visited the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night at the Canadian Tire Centre.

Cayden Primeau was left hung out to dry - the poor guy resembled a piece of Swiss cheese. Anyway, it was a poor effort all around, and the Habs would be happy to get some payback on Tuesday night. After a 6-2 thumping at the hands of Brady Tkachuk, Tim Stuetzle and the Senators - Nick Suzuki and his troops should look to start with some good pace and pressure.

It seems the Senators are sort of like the monkey that the Habs can't seem to shake from their backs. Regardless of how poor the Senators are playing - they seem to play with some magic against Martin St. Louis and the Habs. Fortunately, these games aren't very difficult to get excited for - and the Habs aren't about to let the Sens punk them in front of the Bell Centre faithful, are they?

Whether it's Stuetzle drawing the Habs' attention, or questionable penalties, the German sure knows how to ruffle feathers. Alongside captain Tkachuk, the pair gave the Habs all they could handle on Thursday night. It's very difficult to game plan for such players; as they have game-breaking abilities, but I expect the Canadiens will look more cohesive and play a full 60 minutes to try and keep the pair at bay.

Revenge Game - Or Crucial Two Points On The Board During Tailspin?

Simply put, the Canadiens have looked a bit like a seesaw this season, after strong efforts against the Colorado Avalanche and Edmonton Oilers, the Habs have stumbled. The 6-2 loss at the hands of the Senators was very tough to watch. But there was much worse waiting in the wing - in the form of the Boston Bruins.

On a night where the Bruins celebrated the team that put an end to the Canadiens Stanley Cup playoff supremacy, Boston was all business. If the Senators thumped the Habs - the Bruins kicked the Habs while they were down. A 9-4 decimation of the Canadiens, paired with olé olé olé's from the TD Garden faithful has the team in a very tough place.

What better way to end the slide and remind the Senators to put some respect on the Habs name, than with a big two points on Tuesday Cole Caufield has been on somewhat of a hot streak, and Sean Monahan, Joel Armia and Joshua Roy are playing their best hockey. Josh Anderson has also returned to the lineup, which should help the Habs in the physical game - as he missed the game on Thursday.

It's expected that the Senators should be winning these games against the Canadiens, considering where the teams are in terms of development. The Senators are ahead of the Habs, and a simple look at their roster reveals all that you need to know. But losing to a struggling Senators team, who needed a win for their confidence, is a bitter pill to swallow.

With a fighter's mentality, the Canadiens should be poised to show a better effort in front of their home crowd.