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1/16/2014 3:07:28 PM
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The surging Ottawa Senators will try to gain some ground on an Atlantic Division rival as they welcome the Montreal Canadiens for tonight's clash at Canadian Tire Centre.

Catch the game live on TSN, TSN Radio 690 in Montreal and TSN Radio 1200 in Ottawa at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt..

Ottawa enters tonight tied with Detroit for fifth in the Atlantic and is seven points in back of Montreal, which currently holds the third of the division's three automatic playoff spots.

The Sens have won the first two of five scheduled meetings with the Habs this season and recently picked up a 4-3 overtime win in Montreal on Jan. 4. Clarke MacArthur notched the OT game-winner with a power-play goal, lifting Ottawa to its third win in the last four meetings against the Habs.

The Canadiens, who will start Carey Price in goal, have lost four straight games in Ottawa. Price is 14-6-4 with a 2.22 goals against average in his career against the Senators. Goaltender Craig Anderson gets the start for Ottawa and is 6-6-1 lifetime with a 2.83 GAA versus Montreal.

Robin Lehner helped Ottawa cap its recent trip with a win, as he stopped 27 shots to record his first shutout of the season in a 3-0 win over the Minnesota Wild.

Kyle Turris posted a goal and assist, while MacArthur and Erik Condra also lit the lamp. Erik Karlsson added two assists for the Senators.

Ottawa, which is 11-10-4 in Canada's capital city this season, is playing two straight on home ice before heading out on another four-game road trip and will have Chris Neil back in the lineup. Neil has not played since Dec. 30 when he collided with Washington forward Alexander Ovechkin and suffered a lower body injury.

Montreal, meanwhile, is beginning a four-game road trip tonight and hopes to get back on the right track during the swing. The Canadiens have lost two of three and five of their last eight tilts and they recently split a two-game homestand.

The Habs beat Chicago 2-1 in overtime on Saturday before dropping a 4-1 decision Tuesday against the New Jersey Devils. The Canadiens jumped out to a 1-0 lead against the Devils, but then watched as the visitors scored four unanswered goals.

Max Pacioretty scored his 20th goal of the season for the Canadiens, while Price surrendered three goals on just 18 shots.

"It's just that they find ways to clear pucks and find ways to block shots," Pacioretty said. "They play as a group for 60 minutes. Jersey prides itself on playing games like that."

The Canadiens played Tuesday without forward David Desharnais, who is battling illness and is a game-time decision for tonight's game.

Montreal has lost three of its last four games on the road, but is 12-8-2 as the visiting team this season.

The Senators have been playing their best hockey of the season lately, registering six wins during a seven-game point streak. Ottawa recently wrapped a four-game road trip with consecutive wins to post a 3-0-1 record on the trek.
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