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Center Kyle Turris says he and the Senators will perform better Sunday, when their first-round playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens shifts to Ottawa.

The Sens are down 2-0 in the best-of-seven series. But Turris said Saturday: "We're confident. We played them (the Canadiens) well during the season. There's a couple of things we need to work on the past couple of games. We talked about it and we'll be better [Sunday]." Montreal has lost eight of its past 10 games in Ottawa, including both road games in a five-game series loss to the Senators in an Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series in the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Apr 18 - 6:03 PM

Ottawa Senators head coach Dave Cameron hasn't chosen a Game 3 starter yet and is also apparently mulling over various lineup changes.

In other words, keep an eye out for Rotoworld updates on Sunday as some choices may come down to the wire. Andrew Hammond is in danger of giving way to Craig Anderson, even if "The Hamburglar" is probably not to blame for Ottawa's 2-0 deficit.
Apr 18 - 4:31 PM

Curtis Lazar was a wrecking ball Friday night against Montreal.

The Sens' rookie registered eight hits Friday night and was very physical against the Habs. In fact, the entire Ottawa team has been hitting the Canadiens at every turn. J.P. Pageau and Mark Borowiecki had six hits each in the contest. Montreal is up 2-0 in the series but both games were one-goal contests that could have gone either way.
Apr 18 - 10:51 AM

It is not clear if Andrew Hammond will get the start in Game 3 in Ottawa Sunday against Montreal.

The Senators are down 2-0 in the best of seven series to the Canadiens, and although Hammond has not been the major reason for the deficit, a switch to Craig Anderson could provide the team with a little spark. Thus far Ottawa coach Dave Cameron has been silent on the topic. Stay tuned for further updates.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Apr 18 - 10:42 AM

Andrew Hammond made 39 saves on 42 shots in Friday's 3-2 overtime loss to Montreal in game two of their first round series.

The Senators scored the opening goal of the game, but Montreal stormed back with two goals of their own in the second period. Ottawa managed to tie the game in the third period to force overtime. Eric Gryba had a terrible turnover in his own zone which led to Galchenyuk's game-winning goal, but Hammond will likely want to have that shot back. The Senators now find themselves down two games to none in this best of seven series. Game three, in Ottawa, will take place on Sunday evening.
Apr 17 - 10:32 PM

Mark Stone registered two assists in Friday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

Stone was injured by a P.K. Subban slash in game one, and his status was uncertain coming into tonight's action. Stone didn't have a shot on goal in the game, but he still contributed in a big way. He picked up the primary assist on Clarke MacArthur's first period goal, and he picked up the primary assist on Patrick Wiercioch's game-tying goal in the third period. The series will now shift to Ottawa for game three on Sunday with the Senators trailing 2-0.
Apr 17 - 10:23 PM

Ottawa forwards Chris Neil, Colin Greening and Matt Puemple along with defenseman Jared Cowen will each be scratched for Game Two against Montreal on Friday night.

Neil was ready to go if Mark Stone had been unable to play, but other than Neil, neither of these four have much of any fantasy value as they cannot seem to stay in the lineup.
Apr 17 - 7:19 PM

Mark Stone will indeed play in Game Two on Friday night against the Montreal Canadiens.

Stone is expected to resume his place on Ottawa's top line. He had 26 goals and 64 points in 80 regular season contests this season, and has a point in three career playoff games.
Apr 17 - 6:56 PM

Andrew Hammond will get the start in Game Two on Friday night against Montreal.

Hammond made 35 saves but lost Game One on Wednesday night 4-3, a better, calmer game can be reasonably expected in Game Two tonight. Remember, Hammond and the Senators have been playing for their playoff lives since he took over the crease 28 games ago. And he didn't earn a 20-1-2 record out of sheer luck. He also beat Montreal twice during his run, stopping 69 of combined 73 shots.
Apr 17 - 5:25 PM

Mark Stone (wrist) will be a game-time decision on Friday.

Stone suffered a microfracture as a result of a slash from P.K. Subban. Stone was on the ice Friday morning to fire some pucks and practice his stickhandling, but he skated off after less than 10 minutes. He had 26 goals and 64 points in 80 regular season contests.
Apr 17 - 12:37 PM

Coach Dace Cameron is a little concerned about rust when it comes to Chris Neil, but the Ottawa winger insists he'll be ready to go if he gets the nod to play in Game 2 on Friday night.

"I know what I bring," Neil said. "It's consistent work ethic and my physical play. My game doesn't change if I get in. If I get in, I'll be ready to go." He has 91 games of NHL playoff experience under his belt. Neil has collected 19 points and 192 penalty minutes during that time. He hasn't been in the lineup since Feb. 14 because of a broken thumb.
Apr 17 - 10:04 AM

Chris Neil skated on Ottawa's fourth line at Thursday's practice.

He was a healthy scratch for Game 1, but it looks like he'll be in the lineup for the second game of the series against Montreal. Neil is slated to play with David Legwand and Mike Hoffman. Adding a combustible player like Neil to the fold will bring fuel the fire of what has already been a fiery series.
Apr 16 - 6:36 PM

Alex Chiasson was on the fourth line in Game 1, but he moved up to the second line at practice on Thursday.

He got the promotion because of Mark Stone's injury. Chiasson may start Game 2 alongside Mika Zibanejad and Bobby Ryan as a result.
Apr 16 - 6:31 PM

Ottawa GM Bryan Murray revealed that Mark Stone suffered some ligament damage to his right wrist in addition to the microfracture.

"I would assume [Stone will miss Game 2]," Murray said. "I think the trainers have worked on him and tried to do things, and Mark is willing to take shots or whatever it is. But he has no mobility at this point at all." It's unclear what his status is for the rest of the series, but he's considered to be very questionable to return.
Apr 16 - 6:28 PM

Mika Zibanejad notched a goal and an assist in Ottawa's 4-3 loss to Montreal in Game 1 of the postseason.

He recorded both points during the Senators' five-minute power play in the second period. Despite the defeat, Zibaejad is confident the Senators can learn from their mistakes. "There were a couple of bounces from their side and then we let one in on (our power play), as well," he said. "They are things we can fix. It's nothing magical. We've just got to be a little more careful in some situations."
Apr 16 - 12:09 PM

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