Canadiens vs. Senators schedule: All-Canada series begins Thursday

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They'll have to wait a few days, but it'll be an all-Canada series in the first round between Ottawa and Montreal.

It'll be a bit of a wait, but the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens will surely take the time off to prepare for their Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series. It begins Thursday, May 2 at Bell Centre in Montreal and continues with Game 2 scheduled for Friday evening, May 3.

That's just one set of back-to-backs scheduled in the best-of-seven duel. Should the series between the Northeast Division champion Habs and the No. 7-seeded Sens run its full course of seven games, they'll play another pair of back-to-backs on Saturday, May 11 for Game 6 and Sunday, May 12 for Game 7. Of course, Game 6 would be in Ottawa and Game 7 in Montreal, so the travel adds another wrinkle to what would by then be a thrilling series finale.

Here's the series schedule:

Game Date Matchup Time (ET) National TV
Game 1 Thu, May 2 Senators at Canadiens 7 p.m. CNBC, CBC, RDS
Game 2 Fri, May 3 Senators at Canadiens 7 p.m. CNBC, CBC, RDS
Game 3 Sun, May 5 Canadiens at Senators 7 p.m. NBCSN, CBC, RDS
Game 4 Tue, May 7 Canadiens at Senators 7 p.m. CNBC, CBC, RDS
Game 5* Thu, May 9 Senators at Canadiens 7 p.m. CBC, RDS
Game 6* Sat, May 11 Canadiens at Senators TBD CBC, RDS
Game 7* Sun, May 12 Senators at Canadiens TBD CBC, RDS

For full coverage from the Ottawa side of the matchup, stick with Senators blog Silver Seven throughout the postseason. For coverage from the Montreal perspective, stick with Canadiens blog Eyes On The Prize.

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