MONTREAL - Here are five things you need to know ahead of Saturday night's game against the Ottawa Senators at the Bell Centre.
1. This is the Canadiens' final game of the preseason, and they'll be looking to end things off on a high note after suffering a pair of 3-0 losses at the hands of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Their most recent one came on Wednesday night at Scotiabank Arena, when goalie Keith Kinkaid manned the crease and made 46 stops in a losing effort. The Habs' exhibition record currently stands at 4-2-0.
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2. The Canadiens held an optional morning skate on Saturday, with only Carey Price, Keith Kinkaid, Charlie Lindgren, Jonathan Drouin, Charles Hudon, Nate Thompson, Mike Reilly, and Christian Folin taking part. Following the practice, head coach Claude Julien told reporters that Price would start and the other skaters on the ice would be extras. That means that youngsters Cale Fleury, Nick Suzuki, and Ryan Poehling would be given another look, and that veteran Paul Byron will return after sitting out with an upper-body injury.
3. The Senators are also playing their final game of their exhibition calendar and arrive at the Bell Centre with a 3-2-0 record. They're coming off a pair of games against the Vancouver Canucks in British Columbia, having lost the first one 6-4 in Abbotsford before replying with a 6-2 decision at Rogers Arena. The Sens and Habs last faced off a week ago at the Canadian Tire Centre, a game the Canadiens took 4-0.
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4. Saturday marks the Canadiens' annual food drive. Some of the players' spouses will be on hand to collect donations of non-perishable food items, basic hygiene products and monetary donations outside the Bell Centre doors (in La Place des Canadiens/Cour Rio Tinto) from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. The first 500 people to donate will receive a 13" x 18" Canadiens poster.
5. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. You can catch all the action on TSN5 and RDS on television and on TSN 690 and 98,5 fm on the radio. For tickets, click here.