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Game Preview: Senators @ Canadiens

First place in the Atlantic is on the line once again against Ottawa on Saturday

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MONTREAL -- The Habs and Sens meet for a third time in eight days on Saturday night at the Bell Centre.

After earning some breathing room atop the Atlantic Division with a home-and-away sweep of Ottawa last weekend, the Habs' lead in the standings has been cut back down to a single point following losses to Detroit and Carolina on Tuesday and Thursday.

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The Senators for their part are coming off a 2-1 shootout win against Pittsburgh on Thursday, and hold a game in hand over Montreal. Former Habs netminder Mike Condon made 34 saves opposite Sidney Crosby and Co. in his most recent outing, but Craig Anderson will take his place between the pipes on Saturday.

For the home side, Carey Price will return to his crease after playing both games against Ottawa last weekend, confirmed head coach Claude Julien on Friday.

Nathan Beaulieu and Dwight King, meanwhile -- healthy scratches against the Hurricanes on Thursday -- will also be back in the lineup to face the Sens. At Friday's practice in Brossard, Beaulieu was paired with Jordie Benn on the blue line, while Dwight King completed a line on the wing with Michael McCarron and Torrey Mitchell.

Brandon Davidson, Andreas Martinsen, and Steve Ott will not be in uniform.

Game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., and will be broadcast on TVA Sports and Sportsnet in Canada.

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