Sens Gameday: Ottawa at Montreal

CHRIS STEVENSON, OTTAWA SUN

, Last Updated: 10:58 AM ET

KEEP AN EYE ON ...

27 Alexei Kovalev RW

Age: 35 Ht: 6-foot-2 Wt: 210 lbs.

2007-08 Stats: 76 GP 33 G 44 A 77 PTS 66 PIMS

THE SKINNY: The veteran is having his second-most productive season. His best was 95 points (44 goals) with the Penguins in 2000-2001 ... Has 366 career goals, 503 assists and 869 points in 1,067 games. Also has an impressive 1,122 penalty minutes ... Quarterbacks the Habs' league-leading power play and leads club with 16 man-advantage goals ... Drafted by the Rangers in 1991, 15th overall. Senators' Martin Lapointe went 10th overall to the Wings that year; Dean McAmmond went 22nd to the Blackhawks. The Habs took D Brent Bilodeau 17th overall.

BLACK AND BLUE REPORT

SENATORS: C Chris Kelly (leg fracture), three weeks; F Dean McAmmond (thigh contusion) day-to-day.

CANADIENS: D Mike Komisarek (lower body), 2-3 weeks; F Guillaume Latendresse (neck); day-to-day, not expected to play.

NOTEWORTHY

The Senators are 41-38-5-2 all-time against the Canadiens; 17-21-4-2 in Montreal ... Senators C Jason Spezza leads all scorers in the season series with seven goals and seven assists. Spezza had his first hat trick and a career-high six-point game against the Habs Feb. 9 ... Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson also likes playing the Habs. He has 26 goals and 57 assists for 83 points in just 62 career games ... The Canadiens' power play is tops in the league, but hasn't been as productive lately. It is just 2-for-24 in the last seven games, although the Habs are 4-2-1 over that span ... The Senators' power play is 9-for-26 in the last six games, four of them victories.


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