Gionta, Pacioretty status on hold

Max Pacioretty will be a game-time decision for the Habs. Kim Klement/US PRESSWIRE

OTTAWA -- Injured wingers Brian Gionta and Max Pacioretty are game-time decisions, Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien indicated Sunday morning.

The Senators, meanwhile, are going to reinsert rookie Cory Conacher into the lineup for Game 3 after he sat out Game 2.

"He's not our biggest player, but he is competitive and he can be physical and can certainly provide some offense for us," said Senators coach Paul MacLean. "The other night we didn't feel he gave us the opportunity to win, so we didn't play him. Tonight's a different story."


If you hear some "Go Habs go'' chants through your TV screen from Scotiabank Place in Game 3, don't be confused.

Expect a healthy presence of Habs fans in the enemy rink Sunday night.

Ottawa has historically always had a hotbed of Canadiens fans in this area by virtue of its proximity to Montreal.

"I know playing there during the regular season we've had great fan support and I'm sure it'll be the same Sunday night," said veteran Habs defenseman Josh Gorges.

Having said that, the Sens were a dominant 15-6-3 at home this season, not a place where the visiting team enjoyed to play this year.

"I think we're comfortable here and we've played good here all year long," stars Ottawa blueliner Erik Karlsson said Sunday morning.

More pertinently, Gorges expects a home side that will pick it up a notch after losing Game 2.

"It's their first game in their home building, we expect them to come out harder than ever," said Gorges. "For us, we have to be prepared for that and make sure we raise our level even more. This team that we're playing is a hard team to play against, they play hard, they play physical, they work extremely hard all four lines. We saw that in the opening two games and we expect even more in Game 3, so we really have to make sure we up our intensity and our energy even more."


Therrien revealed that his team got a visit from injured center Lars Eller on Saturday.

"We saw him yesterday. It was nice to see him," said the Habs coach. "All our guys went to see him, I went to see him. He came to Brossard [where the Habs' practice facility is] and he looks good. But it was just nice to see him. You can tell our guys care about him, he's such a good kid. It's nice that we know first of all that he's out of the hospital, and it was nice to see that he was capable to come to the rink."