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Saturday, April 11th (All times eastern)

Pittsburgh Penguins (44-28-9) at Montreal Canadiens (41-29-11), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Two teams trying to improve their playoff positioning clash this evening, as the Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens end their regular seasons at the Bell Centre.

The Penguins find themselves tied with Carolina and Philadelphia for the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, an important spot as it is the last one that gives home-ice advantage in the postseason's first round.

All three teams have 97 points, but both the Penguins and Hurricanes wrap their seasons today. The Flyers, meanwhile, are in action tonight but also play Sunday.

Montreal is locked in a tie for the seventh spot with the New York Rangers, who are off until Sunday when they wrap their regular season versus Philadelphia. New York owns the current tie break with one more win, but the Canadiens won the season series, 2-1-1.

The Habs punched their ticket to the postseason with a 5-4 overtime setback to Boston, as they needed just a point to secure a playoff spot.

Matt D'Agostini scored twice, while Alex Kovalev and Mathieu Schneider scored once. Carey Price stopped 28 shots in Montreal's third straight loss.

The Habs are 24-9-7 at home on the season.

Having already clinched a postseason spot, the Penguins hosted the Islanders on Thursday and skated to a 6-1 victory. Mathieu Garon was spectacular between the pipes, stopping 28 shots, and six different Pittsburgh players lit the lamp.

Philippe Boucher, Pascal Dupuis, Matt Cooke, Bill Guerin, Sidney Crosby and Tyler Kennedy all notched goals, as Crosby has now posted at least a point in 18 of his last 20 games. He is third in the NHL with 103 points.

Evgeni Malkin, meanwhile, added two assists to up his league-leading total to 78. He is also tops in the NHL with 112 points, four more than Alex Ovechkin of Washington.

Pittsburgh is 19-15-6 on the road this year.

Montreal has won two of three versus the Penguins this year, though Pittsburgh skated to a 5-4 home win when the clubs last met on February 19. The Pens have lost three of their last five trips to the Bell Centre.

04/11 11:07:23 ET


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