The Habs will first and foremost be looking for the win in Ottawa Tuesday night, but all they truly need is to stretch the game into overtime to clinch the Northeast Division crown for the first time in 16 years and guarantee home-ice for the opening 2 rounds of the playoffs, as they will not be able to slide lower than 3rd thanks to Carolina's potential to only reach 96 points this season.
The Habs will be in tough tomorrow night as they visit a Senators team that not only thrives when facing the Habs, but a Senators team that is also looking to silence some of their critics regarding their recent play, having lost their previous 2 matches including a 4-0 shutout in Boston most recently.
Ottawa lost it's last matchup vs. Montreal at the Bell Centre, although they showed resillience in being able to comeback from a 7-1 deficit to eventually lose 7-5. The Canadiens had 6 different scorers in that game, with only Andrei Kostitsyn tallying twice.
The Habs will need more offense from every line as they will ice an A- squad tomorrow with Koivu, Komisarek and Bouillon OUT and Latendresse and Streit game-time decisions.
Ottawa entered Monday in fifth place in the East, but ninth-place Washington is just four points back, meaning the Senators could still earn home-ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs or miss them entirely.