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Ottawa Senators vs. Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL - A day after dropping the Panthers 3-2 in their first preseason match-up on Thursday, the Habs get set to host the Ottawa Senators at the Bell Centre on Friday night. 

Jacques Martin's squad is currently in the midst of a five-games-in-five-nights launch to the preseason.

Coming off stellar debuts by new Habs Scott Gomez, Mike Cammalleri and Jaroslav Spacek, four other newcomers will get their feet wet in their new NHL home against the Sens. 

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The quartet of players about to pull on the bleu-blanc-rouge and introduce themselves to the Bell Centre faithful for the first time on Friday include summer free agent acquisitions Brian Gionta, Travis Moen, Paul Mara and Hal Gill.

Habs fans everywhere were probably hoping to get their first look at Alex Kovalev in his new uniform, but instead Kovy did not make the trip to Montreal and will be in the lineup against the Canadiens in Ottawa on Saturday night.

Mara's Habs debut will see him paired up with Roman Hamrlik, while Gill will be teaming up with Yannick Weber. Local blue line product Mathieu Carle will also be in the lineup.

Judging from his line combos during training camp scrimmages, the new Habs coach will match Gionta with Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty.

Shauna Denis is a writer for

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