Currently seventh in the Eastern Conference, the Ottawa Senators have held their own against most teams in the league.
The Montreal Canadiens, however, have surprisingly had their number.
Ottawa tries to avoid a fourth loss in five meetings with Montreal this season as the teams conclude a home-and-home set Friday night at Scotiabank Place.
While most teams in the Senators' position would have been looking forward to back-to-back matchups with the last-place Canadiens (28-32-11), they haven't been able to figure out their Northeast Division rivals.
After taking four of six from Ottawa (36-25-10) in 2010-11, Montreal improved to 3-0-1 this season with Wednesday's 3-2 shootout home win.
"We just play well against them," said Canadiens goalie Carey Price, who's been in goal for all four meetings. "We're a pretty skilled team and so are they."
The Senators, meanwhile, gained some ground on division-leading Boston, but know they need to bring a better effort going forward if they'r...