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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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It's a date that's been circled on my calendar, so it's kind of nice to have it here and get it over with (Thursday). This is a little bit of the closing of the book on the move. That's kind of how I'm looking at it.

— Stars forward Jason Spezza on returning to Ottawa for the first time to face the Senators