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Two teams going in opposite directions will meet Tuesday at Bell Centre when the Ottawa Senators bring their three-game winning streak into town to face the Montreal Canadiens www.montrealcanadiensteamshops.com , who have lost six of their past seven games (1-4-2).Despite their recent struggles, the Canadiens (12-10-5) owned the second wild-card position in the Eastern Conference heading into games Monday.The rebuilding Senators (12-12-3) have been riding some improved defense during their winning streak to pull within two points of the Canadiens in the standings. The Senators, who have allowed the most goals in the NHL (109), have given up five goals in their past three games and just two in their past two games.Article continues below ...“At the start of the year I knew we were not going to be good defensively,” Senators coach Guy Boucher said Monday, “no matter how much time we would have spent on it because of personnel, age, experience and so on. You need to have something to hang your hat on and have something that makes you feel good.”Boucher said the team instead concentrated on scoring goals (which has worked, the Senators have scored 98 goals, third most in the NHL).“We bet on the right thing,” Boucher said. “The offense was there. The defensive part of the game is extremely dependent on the experience part. We knew it would take a lot of time for the young guys to get that experience.”Boucher said the players have made a commitment collectively to improve defensively.“Right now there’s a huge commitment http://www.redwingsshoponline.com/authe ... tha-jersey ,” he said.The Senators are coming off a 3-0 win against the New York Rangers on Thursday and a 6-2 win against the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.“We’ve seen ourselves grow in the last two games,” Senators goaltender Craig Anderson said. “The last game against the Rangers, we were outstanding for 60, and (Sunday) again, outstanding for 60 minutes. We’re starting to string some momentum together, and playing in the right direction, playing the right way, and I think our guys are getting rewarded, too. We scored (six) goals.”The Canadiens are coming off a 3-1 loss to the Sharks on Sunday at Bell Centre. The Canadiens got behind early to the Sharks, 2-0, and never recovered.“We’re still a young team that’s still trying to improve Darren Helm Jersey ,” Canadiens coach Claude Julien said on montrealcanadiens.com. “Learning to win is part of the development for a young team. You have to learn from these kinds of games, even if I found that we played well in the second and third periods.“We can’t start games like that and think we are going to win.”“Those two goals at the start hurt us,” Canadiens forward Phillip Danault told the team’s website. “They cost us the game. … We got some momentum back in the third period, but it wasn’t enough.”This will be the second game of the season between the Canadiens and the Senators and the first of three in a stretch of 12 days. After the game Tuesday, they meet in Ottawa on Thursday and back at Bell Centre Dec. 15.The Senators twice overcame two-goal deficits to win 4-3 in overtime in their first meeting Oct. 20 in Ottawa.Defenseman Justin Falk, signed as a free agent by the Senators on Friday, is expected to play his second game after a strong debut Saturday. Senators defensemen Mark Borowiecki and Maxime Lajoie are out with injuries. NEW YORK — Thanks to the NHL’s schedulemaker, the Buffalo Sabres won’t have much time to revel in their biggest offensive outburst in almost a decade.The Sabres play the second game of a back-to-back set Sunday night, when they visit the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.Both teams won their most recent games, albeit in far different fashion. The Sabres throttled the visiting Ottawa Senators 9-2 on Saturday afternoon. The Rangers earned their second straight shootout victory Thursday night, when they capped a four-game road trip by edging the Anaheim Ducks 3-2.Article continues below ...The rout of the Senators marked the first time the Sabres (7-5-2) scored nine goals since Jan. 27 http://www.redwingsshoponline.com/authe ... kin-jersey , 2009, when they beat the Edmonton Oilers 10-2. The nine goals were the most Buffalo has scored in a home game since a 10-1 victory over the Atlanta Thrashers (now the Winnipeg Jets) on Jan. 18, 2008.Any nine-goal outburst will be warmly greeted of course, but the Sabres were particularly pleased to bust out at home on the same afternoon the team honored Jason Pominville for playing in 1,000 NHL games. Pominville, who reached the milestone against the Senators on Thursday, scored two goals Saturday.“For us, obviously, it’s been a tough few years in terms of our play at home,” Sabres center and captain Jack Eichel told reporters afterward. Buffalo entered 2018-19 with 72 home wins in the last five seasons, during which it finished with the worst overall record in the NHL three times.“I think that’s something we’re trying to take more pride in Frans Nielsen Jersey Kids , is playing better in front of our home fans,” Eichel said. “It was great to see them pack the building for ‘Pommer’s’ ceremony.”The Rangers (5-7-1) will be playing in front of their home fans for the first time since Oct. 23, when they beat the Florida Panthers 5-2. The wins over the San Jose Sharks and the Ducks salvaged what could have been a discouraging road trip for New York, which opened the Western Conference swing by dropping two in a row to the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings.The loss to the Kings marked the first of three straight games in which the Rangers gave up the tying or go-ahead goal in the final seconds of regulation. After defenseman Alec Martinez scored with 55 seconds remaining to give Los Angeles a 4-3 win Oct. 28, the Sharks (Tomas Hertl with 1.3 seconds left) and Ducks (Richard Rakell with 25.3 seconds remaining) forced overtime against New York.Still, coming back to beat the Sharks and Ducks softened the blow for the Rangers.“Listen, I mean, it’s a little demoralizing to be giving up goals with less than a minute to go (in) three straight games,” Rangers coach David Quinn told reporters Friday. “But we keep making progress, which is really what I want to focus on.”After backup Linus Ullmark earned the win Saturday, No. 1 goaltender Carter Hutton is likely to return to the net for the Sabres on Sunday. Hutton took the loss in his most recent start Thursday Gordie Howe Jersey , when he made 28 saves as Buffalo fell to the Senators 4-2.Henrik Lundqvist, who sat in favor of backup Alexandar Georgiev against the Ducks, is likely to draw the start Sunday. Lundqvist earned the win in his most recent appearance Tuesday night, when he recorded 31 saves as the Rangers beat the Sharks 4-3.Hutton is 4-0-0 with a 1.35 goals-against average and .960 save percentage in five appearances against the Rangers. Lundqvist is 20-13-2, 2.35, .919 in 36 games against the Sabres.