Zack Smith joins Sens lineup in Montreal
Don Brennan, QMI Agency
|Zack Smith has a new NHL contract -- and 17 points in 17 playoff games with the Binghamton Senators (Errol McGihon/QMI Agency)
MONTREAL — The Senators will add a little more offence to their second line for Friday’s game against the Habs at Bell Centre.
Playing left wing alongside Kyle Turris and Daniel Alfredsson will be Zack Smith, who had previously been centring the fourth line.
Smith has 14 goals on the season but just two in his last 32 games.
He’ll be replacing Rob Klinkhammer, who moves to the fourth line after picking up just one assist in eight games since being recalled from Binghamton.
“I don’t think my game’s going to change much,” said Smith, a left-handed shot who will take draws on his strong side for the right-handed Turris.
“It’s the same thing, go out there and create energy, hopefully make room for Alfie and Turry. Chip in offensively would be nice.”
The seventh-place Senators, who have only one win in their last five games, enter the night with a three-point lead on the Washington Capitals and are four ahead of the Buffalo Sabres, who are just on the outside of the playoff picture.
Ottawa has scored just five goals in its last four games, but hopes to get a boost with the return of Jason Spezza from a one game “illness” absence.
Craig Anderson will start in goal for the Senators for the first time since suffering a finger injury a month ago.
Carey Price will be in goal for the Habs.
“We’ve got to make it as hard as possible for him by getting people in front of the net, getting into more of the traffic areas around the net,” said Daniel Alfredsson, who is in his worst slump of the season with no goals in 11 games.
“Our focus is to come out with a really strong start.”
Kaspars Daugavins, Bobby Butler, Matt Carkner and Alex Auld will be the Senators healthy scratches.