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The countdown of the final five games of the season begins.

Montreal Canadiens v Ottawa Senators Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens @ Ottawa Senators

How to watch

Start time: 7:00 PM EDT / 4:00 PM PDT
In Canada: Sportsnet
In the Canadiens/Senators regions: RDS (French)
Streaming: NHL.tv/NHL Live, RDS Direct, Sportsnet Now

The Canadiens are hitting their stride at just the right time, following a period when it looked like they might stumble out of the playoff picture altogether. They’ve now won three games in a row, and they can thank their top prospect for the last two. Cole Caufield doesn’t just have goals in back-to-back games but game-winners goals to help put the team into a tie with the Winnipeg Jets.

Caufield faces the team he scored his first NHL goal against on the road tonight in what will be the final meeting between the Canadiens and Senators. None of the injured players are ready to return, and that means no one is bumping him from his emergency status just yet.

In the first of two games in two nights, Jake Allen has gotten the call to start over Cayden Primeau. Primeau had claimed the win over the Sens on Saturday, but the coach’s plan seems to be to keep as much pressure on the Jets for the third spot as possible.

Winnipeg is in action against a Calgary Flames team that has been all but eliminated. If the Flames are interested in playing the role of spoiler, the Habs could find themselves moving up in the standings at the end of the night.

Montreal Canadiens projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Tyler Toffoli Nick Suzuki Joel Armia
Josh Anderson Phillip Danault Cole Caufield
Jesperi Kotkaniemi Jake Evans Artturi Lehkonen
Michael Frolik Eric Staal Corey Perry

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Joel Edmundson Jeff Petry
Brett Kulak Ben Chiarot
Alexander Romanov Jon Merrill

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
Jake Allen Cayden Primeau

Scratched: Erik Gustafsson
Injured/Ill: Paul Byron (lower body), Jonathan Drouin (leave of absence), Brendan Gallagher (broken thumb), Carey Price (concussion), Tomas Tatar (lower body), Shea Weber (lower body)

Ottawa Senators projected lineup

Forwards

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Left Wing Centre Right Wing
Brady Tkachuk Josh Norris Drake Batherson
Alex Formenton Colin White Nick Paul
Tim Stützle Shane Pinto Connor Brown
Vitaly Abramov Chris Tierney Ryan Dzingel

Defencemen

Left Defence Right Defence
Left Defence Right Defence
Victor Mete Nikita Zaitsev
Erik Brannstrom Artem Zub
Olle Alsing Jacob Bernard-Docker

Goaltenders

Starter Backup
Starter Backup
Anton Forsberg Marcus Forsberg