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It's the same story from a week ago between these two teams.

NHL: Ottawa Senators at Montreal Canadiens Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

The Montreal Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators are back to where they were just one week ago. Despite beating the Senators twice last weekend to extend their lead on them to four points, the Canadiens have once again seen their nearest opponent — both geographically and standings wise — close the gap to that same single point edge they had this time last week, still with a game in hand. Therefore once again, the game between these new rivals will have first place in the Atlantic Division on the line.

With two disappointing efforts against teams outside of the playoffs on home ice, a bounce-back performance is absolutely necessary for the Canadiens. They will face a Senators teams that is riding high on victories against Boston and Pittsburgh, and the Senators seem much more prepared going into this game.

The Canadiens can expect a more challenging fight from the Senators tonight, as they will be hungrier than ever to take over the first-place spot. The Senators will also welcome Mark Stone back into the lineup, he who missed last weekend's two-game set.

Puck Drop is 7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDT

How to watch

Canada (English): Sportsnet
Canada (French): TVA Sports
Elsewhere: NHL.tv/NHL Gamecentre Live, NHL Centre Ice

Montréal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Max Pacioretty Phillip Danault Alexander Radulov
Paul Byron Tomas Plekanec Brendan Gallagher
Alex Galchenyuk Andrew Shaw Artturi Lehkonen
Dwight King Michael McCarron Torrey Mitchell

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Victor Mete Shea Weber
Karl Alzner Jeff Petry
Joe Morrow Jordie Benn

Goaltenders

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Antti Niemi
Charlie Lindgren

Scratched: Brandon Davidson, Andreas Martinsen, Steve Ott

Injured: Nikita Nesterov (lower body), Brian Flynn (upper body)

Ottawa Senators projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Evander Kane Jack Eichel Jason Pominville
Benoit Pouliot Ryan O'Reilly Kyle Okposo
Zemgus Girgensons Sam Reinhart Seth Griffith
Johan Larsson Jacob Josefson Jordan Nolan

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Nathan Beaulieu Rasmus Ristolainen
Marco Scandella Matt Tennyson
Jake McCabe Viktor Antipin

Goaltenders
Goaltenders
Robin Lehner
Chad Johnson

Scratched: Jyrki Jokipakka, Christopher DiDomenico

Injured: Marc Methot (macrofracture), Chris Neil (finger), Clarke MacArthur (concussion)