Game Thread: Habs and Sens Say Farewell for 2011-12

OTTAWA, CANADA - MARCH 16: Carey Price #31 of the Montreal Canadiens makes a save while Lars Eller #81 and Josh Gorges #26 of the Montreal Canadiens defend against Rob Klinkhammer #36 of the Ottawa Senators during an NHL game at Scotiabank Place on March 16, 2012 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)
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The final meeting from the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators takes place on a rare Friday home game for the Habs.

The Senators have lost four of their last five, but picked up single points in two non-regulation losses (one to the Canadiens). They are grasping to their seventh place spot in the Eastern Conference, but still could catch the division leading Boston Bruins.

Colin Greening has three goals in his last four games for the Senators, while "Mr. Norris" Erik Karlsson has five points in his last five games. Karlsson and Jason Spezza have both picked up four points in the five games against Montreal this season.

Spezza has been battling the flu, but is feeling "a little bit better" and will take to the ice tonight. Craig Anderson gets the call in goal tonight. It will be Anderson's first start in goal, after missing over a month with a deep cut in his hand.

The Canadiens hold a 3-0-2 edge in the season series. Josh Gorges was the First Star in their last meeting, blocking ten shots in a penalty infested match just last Saturday.

Carey Price has played in all five meetings with Ottawa this season, and gets the call again tonight.

Pop Quiz: How many players have played for both the Montreal Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators, current edition? Bonus if you know how many played for both the Habs and the old school (1917-34) Sens?

MONTREAL CANADIENS PROJECTED LINEUP

Forwards

Max Pacioretty - David Desharnais - Erik Cole

Rene Bourque - Tomas Plekanec - Lars Eller

Mike Blunden - Ryan White - Louis Leblanc

Aaron Palushaj - Petteri Nokelainen - Brad Staubitz

Defensemen

Josh Gorges - P.K. Subban

Andrei Markov - Alexei Emelin

Chris Campoli - Yannick Weber

Goalies

Carey Price - Peter Budaj

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OTTAWA SENATORS PROJECTED LINEUP

Forwards

Colin Greening - Jason Spezza - Milan Michalek

Zack Smith - Kyle Turris - Daniel Alfredsson

Nick Foligno - Jim O`Brien - Chris Neil

Rob Klinkhammer - Zenon Konopka - Erik Condra

Defensemen

Filip Kuba - Erik Karlsson

Jared Cowen - Sergei Gonchar

Chris Phillips - Matt Gilroy

Goalies

Craig Anderson - Alex Auld

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