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Friday, March 30th (All times eastern)

Montreal Canadiens (40-31-6) at Ottawa Senators (45-24-8), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The red-hot Montreal Canadiens aim for their sixth straight victory tonight, when they visit the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place.

The Canadiens' recent surge increased their season point total to 86 and has placed them in a tie with Tampa Bay for the final two postseason berths in the Eastern Conference. However, Toronto is just one point back in ninth place and the Islanders and Hurricanes are tied for 10th with 84 points.

Montreal's latest victory came Tuesday against the visiting New York Rangers. Alex Kovalev's pair of goals and Saku Koivu's four assists led the way for the Habs in the 6-4 win at the Bell Centre.

Andrei Markov had two assists for the Canadiens, while Steve Begin, Michael Ryder, Tomas Plekanec and Mark Streit also lit the lamp for the Habs. Rookie goaltender Jaroslav Halak improved to 8-4-0 with a 28-save performance.

The Canadiens have struggled to a 16-19-3 mark as the road club this year and have dropped six of their last eight as the away club.

Ottawa, meanwhile, recently clinched its 10th straight playoff berth despite losing its last game Tuesday night against Boston. The Senators have 98 points and are tied with New Jersey for fourth place in the East.

The Senators lost a home test to the Bruins, as Patrice Bergeron had a goal and an assist to lead Boston to the 3-2 triumph at Scotiabank Place

Dany Heatley and Mike Fisher scored for the Senators, who had a three-game winning streak snapped and failed to record a point for the first time in 12 games (7-1-4).

Ray Emery allowed all three goals on just 17 shots faced for the Sens, who are still 15-2-5 since February 8.

This evening's test marks the end of a brief two-game homestand for Ottawa, which has a strong 24-12-3 mark as the host club. The Sens have been victorious in nine of their last 11 at Scotiabank Place.

The Senators are holding a slim 4-3 edge in this year's series with Montreal as the teams meet for the final time in the regular season tonight. Ottawa has won nine of the last 16 overall encounters with the Canadiens and has taken six of the last eight matchups in the series on its home ice.

03/30 10:42:43 ET


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