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Game Preview: Canadiens @ Senators

Habs kick off home-and-away series against Ottawa on Saturday

by Montreal Canadiens @CanadiensMTL / canadiens.com

MTL (39-23-8) @ OTT (39-23-7)

KANATA -- First place in the Atlantic Division will be on the line beginning Saturday, as the Canadiens and Senators get set to face off in back-to-back games this weekend.

Claude Julien confirmed on Friday that Carey Price will get the start in goal in Ottawa, but has not yet revealed whether Price or Al Montoya will be between the pipes for Sunday's return leg at the Bell Centre.

On defense meanwhile, Nathan Beaulieu will replace Alexei Emelin -- who will sit out Saturday's game as a healthy scratch. Up front, things will stay the same, with no forward line changes expected.

Despite a pair of hot stretches for both teams, Montreal and Ottawa are each coming off losses to the Chicago Blackhawks most recently, on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively.

Mike Condon should be in goal for the Sens on Saturday, facing his former team for the first time in his career.

The Senators have taken both meetings against the Habs so far this season by a pair of 4-3 scorelines, once in a shootout on October 15 in Ottawa, and once in regulation on November 22 in Montreal.

Game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m., on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

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