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Senators to have full lineup available for Game 5

Wednesday, 05.08.2013 / 3:53 PM

By Erin Nicks - NHL.com Correspondent / Canadiens-Senators series blog

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Senators to have full lineup available for Game 5

OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators held an optional skate Wednesday before departing for Montreal. The Senators lead the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 in their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series, with Game 5 set for Thursday (7 p.m. ET, CNBC, CBC, RDS).

Daniel Alfredsson and Milan Michalek did not participate in the practice, but coach Paul MacLean said that all players who played in Game 4 would be available for Game 5.

Jason Spezza (back) has "moved on from public skating to the next stage of his recovery," MacLean said. However, the center is nowhere near a return to the lineup, and no timetable has been set for him to begin practicing with the team.

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This team has been a real treat to say you've been the head coach of them. I'm extremely proud of this group ... after the disappointment of (the Game 6 loss) is digested, it's always a lot easier as a coach when your team has emptied its tank, and that team emptied its tank for me for three months.

— Senators coach Dave Cameron after getting eliminated in the first round by the Canadiens