Habs visit Sens again seeking first win under Cunneyworth

The last-place Montreal Canadiens will try again for their first win under Randy Cunneyworth, as the Habs visit the Ottawa Senators for tonight's Northeast Division clash at Scotiabank Place.

The Canadiens, who will aim to halt a five-game losing streak tonight, are last in the Northeast with 33 points -- six less than the third-place Senators. Montreal's last four setbacks have come under Cunneyworth, who took over as interim head coach for the fired Jacques Martin on Dec. 17.

Montreal has been outscored by the opposition, 21-9, during its current slide and the Habs were dealt a 4-0 loss Thursday in Winnipeg. The shutout loss dropped the Canadiens to 0-3 on a six-game road trip and Montreal is now 8-9-1 as the visiting team this season.

The Habs fired 27 shots at Ondrej Pavelec on Thursday, but the Jets goaltender turned aside all of them to post his third shutout of the season. Meanwhile, Carey Price was tagged for all four goals on 34 shots for the Canadiens.

"I think it's about sticking together, I think when we are trying to figure out, the pieces the puzzle, everybody has to come together, and I think it's a good place to start right here," said Cunneyworth.

Montreal needs to win tonight to avoid matching its longest losing streak of the season. The Canadiens went 0-4-2 during a six-game slide from Oct. 13-24.

The Senators had a three-game winning streak snapped Friday at Carolina, but the overtime loss gave Ottawa a point for the fourth straight contest.

Ottawa and the Hurricanes were tied at 1-1 after one period on Friday and the game's only other goal was scored by Tuomo Ruutu, who ended the contest 1:36 into the overtime period.

Filip Kuba had a goal and Craig Anderson made 36 saves in the hard-luck loss for Ottawa.

"Craig was outstanding," said Ottawa coach Paul MacLean. "It would've been nice to have the win, but when we look back at this it's gonna be a pretty big point."

Ottawa expects to get leading goal-scorer Milan Michalek back tonight after he missed the last five games with a concussion. The Czech winger passed his baseline concussion test on Thursday and is considered ready to go for tonight. Michalek has 19 goals and six assists this season.

Sens forward Jesse Winchester has missed the last two games with a concussion and is expected to sit out again tonight.

Ottawa is 10-7-1 as the host this year and has won its last two games on home ice.

Montreal edged the Senators, 2-1, in Ottawa on Nov. 4, giving the Canadiens wins in three of the last four meetings in this series. The Habs have also taken three out of four in Canada's capital city.