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The Canadiens go for their third win in a row on Wednesday night when they welcome the Ottawa Senators to the Bell Centre

by Staff Writer @CanadiensMTL /

Coming off their second straight win, the Canadiens play host to the struggling Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night at the Bell Centre.

Guy Boucher's squad is in the midst of a six-game losing streak. In fact, the Senators haven't put up a number in the win column since their overseas road trip to Sweden earlier this month.

This will mark the first meeting between the two Atlantic Division rivals since October 30, when the Canadiens handed the Senators an 8-3 loss at the Canadian Tire Centre.

For Ottawa, this is the first of seven straight games away from the friendly confines of the nation's capital. They were last in action on Saturday, when they dropped a 2-1 decision to the New York Islanders.

The Canadiens, meanwhile, snapped the Columbus Blue Jackets' six-game winning streak on Monday night with a 3-1 win in Montreal. Brendan Gallagher, Jonathan Drouin and Andrew Shaw found the back of the net, and Carey Price turned in a 37-save performance.

Video: Gallagher, Price lead Canadiens past Jackets, 3-1

Price will make his third consecutive start for the Canadiens on Wednesday night. For their part, the Senators will counter with Mike Condon.

On the back end, David Schlemko will finally make his debut for the Canadiens after overcoming a hand injury. He will take Victor Mete's spot in the lineup.

For his part, Shea Weber will miss his fifth straight game with a lower-body injury on Wednesday night, but he'll still travel with the team to Detroit following the tilt for Thursday night's matchup against the Red Wings.

Puck drop on Wednesday night is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EST. The game will be broadcast on Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, as well as on TSN Radio 690 and 98,5 fm.

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