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Edmonton trying for first win in three; Ottawa looking to end five-game losing streak

by Callum Fraser / Correspondent

OILERS (26-30-7) at SENATORS (22-36-5)

7:30 p.m. ET; TSN5, RDS, SNW, NHL.TV


The Game

The Ottawa Senators will try for their first win in six games when they play the Edmonton Oilers at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday.

The Senators have been outscored 24-10 during their five-game losing streak and are 3-12-0 in their past 15 games.

The Oilers will try for their first win in three games while on the second half of a back-to-back, after losing 6-2 to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday.

Edmonton is nine points behind the Colorado Avalanche for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Western Conference.


Players to watch

Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl has 11 points (seven goals, four assists) during an eight-game point streak.

Senators forward Chris Tierney gone four games without a point after he had seven assists in a previous six-game point streak.


They said it

"I'm confident right now. Obviously they've been going in for me. Again, it's not about me. This is a team sport and I want to win hockey games and I want to make the playoffs. Like I said, I'd rather give some of my goals up than having them and not making the playoffs." -- Oilers forward Leon Draisaitl

"If [the newly acquired players are] better than some of our guys, they're going to take their spot. Merit is the No. 1 teacher. There's nothing else. It's not about where you're drafted and it's not about your age. If you deserve it, you should get it." -- Senators coach Guy Boucher


Oilers projected lineup

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins -- Connor McDavid -- Zack Kassian

Tobias Rieder -- Leon Draisaitl -- Alex Chiasson

Milan Lucic -- Colby Cave -- Josh Currie

Brad Malone -- Ty Rattie -- Sam Gagner

Oscar Klefbom -- Adam Larsson

Darnell Nurse -- Kris Russell

Matt Benning -- Andrej Sekera

Mikko Koskinen

Anthony Stolarz

Scratched: Kevin Gravel, Alexander Petrovic, Kyle Brodziak

Injured: Jesse Puljujarvi (hip), Jujhar Khaira (lower body)


Senators projected lineup

Brady Tkachuk -- Colin White -- Anthony Duclair

Drake Batherson -- Chris Tierney -- Mikkel Boedker

Zack Smith -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Bobby Ryan

Magnus Paajarvi -- Oscar Lindberg -- Brian Gibbons

Thomas Chabot -- Dylan DeMelo

Mark Borowiecki -- Cody Ceci

Ben Harpur -- Christian Jaros

Craig Anderson

Anders Nilsson

Scratched: Christian Wolanin

Injured: Rudolfs Balcers (illness)


Status report

Puljujarvi will have hip surgery and is out for the rest of the season. The forward had nine points (four goals, five assists) in 46 games this season, his third in the NHL. ... The Oilers did not have a morning skate after playing Wednesday. … The Senators recalled Batherson from Belleville of the American Hockey League.


Stat pack

The Oilers have scored two goals or fewer in eight of their past nine games.

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