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Game Preview: Senators @ Canadiens

The two rivals will go head-to-head for the second time in as many nights on Sunday

by Montreal Canadiens @canadiensmtl / canadiens.com

SENATORS (39-23-8) @ CANADIENS (40-23-8)

Less than 24 hours after posting a 4-3 shootout victory over the Ottawa Senators at the Canadian Tire Centre, the Canadiens will go up against their Atlantic Division rivals again. This time, though, the two teams will do battle at the Bell Centre.

Head coach Claude Julien confirmed that Carey Price will get the start in goal once again on Sunday night. Julien also confirmed changes up front and on the back end. Michael McCarron returns to the lineup in place of Steve Ott, while Alexei Emelin draws back in to replace Brandon Davidson.

Price stopped 28 of 31 shots against in Ottawa on Saturday night. At the other end of the rink, Craig Anderson was back at work after recovering from an injury. He stopped 29 of the 32 shots the Canadiens fired in his direction.

Like Price, Anderson will be back between the pipes for Guy Boucher's squad in Montreal.

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Sunday night's tilt will mark the second of three meetings between the two clubs in an eight-day span. If the next game is anything like the first, the Bell Centre faithful are in for quite a show.

Claude Julien's troops will once again have to pay very close attention to Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson, who picked up his 14th goal and 51st assist of the season, respectively, on Saturday. Karlsson ranks second in the League in points among defensemen with 65 points on the year, trailing only Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks.

With their win in Ottawa, the Canadiens upped their lead to three points over the Senators for top spot in the Atlantic Division. Guy Boucher's contingent, however, does have one game in hand.

Puck drop 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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