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Saturday, February 10th (All times eastern)

Ottawa Senators (31-22-3) at Montreal Canadiens (29-21-6), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens resume their battle for playoff positioning as the rivals wrap up a home-and-home series tonight at the Bell Centre.

The Senators won Thursday's opener of this key set, with Jason Spezza compiling a goal and an assist to fuel Ottawa to a 4-1 victory at Scotiabank Place.

Chris Phillips, Dany Heatley and Peter Schaefer also scored for the Senators, who snapped a two-game slide and moved ahead of the Canadiens in both the Northeast Division and Eastern Conference standings.

Ottawa now has 65 points and is tied with Pittsburgh for the No. 4 spot in the East. Montreal currently sits one point behind both teams in sixth place.

Anton Volchenkov added a pair of assists and Ray Emery stopped 27 shots for Ottawa.

Guillaume Latendresse converted a penalty shot for Montreal's only goal. Cristobal Huet finished with 35 saves in the loss, the Canadiens' fourth in their last five outings.

With Thursday's win, Ottawa evened the season series between these foes at 3-3. The Senators have suffered defeats to the Habs in two of their three visits to Montreal this year, however, and are just 1-4-1 in their six most recent trips to the Bell Centre.

The Canadiens have also taken seven of their last 11 matchups against Ottawa.

Montreal brings a 17-9-3 home record into tonight's tilt, while the Senators are 15-11-1 on the road thus far.

02/10 10:37:20 ET

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