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Leafs, Sens set to resume 'Battle of Ontario'

by Deborah Francisco
SENATORS (25-16-6) AT MAPLE LEAFS (22-17-5)


Last 10: Ottawa 8-1-1, Toronto 5-4-1.

Season Series – These Northeast Division rivals have already faced off three times this season, with Ottawa winning two of those three contests. Tuesday's contest will be the fourth of a six-game season series. Ottawa prevailed 5-2 in the last meeting on Nov. 12.

Big Story – Both teams will be gunning for the hypothetical four points up for grabs in Tuesday's game. The Maple Leafs can use the points to gain some ground in the division standings after dropping back-to-back games -- they are just one point out of 8th place in the Eastern Conference.

Team Scope:

Senators – The Senators snapped a four-game winning streak with a 2-0 loss to the Jets on Monday night. The Senators have won six of eight games so far in the month of January but the shutout to the Jets was a tough loss for the streaking Sens. It was the first time this season that the Senators were shutout.

Craig Anderson made 33 saves in the loss and has been a big part of the Senators recent success. He was named the League's third star of the week after going 3-0 with a .970 save percentage, including his first shutout of the season last week.

"He's probably been our most important player for the last 10 games or so," Erik Karlsson told the Senators official website. "(Anderson) has been bailing us out a lot, especially early in the games.”

The Senators are ready to quickly forget Monday's loss as they hit the road for a six-game trip that begins in Toronto.

Maple Leafs – The Maple leafs opened January with a four-game win streak that was snapped with two losses in a row over the weekend including a 3-0 loss to the New York Rangers on Saturday night. Prior to the loss – only the second time the Leafs were shutout this season – the Leafs had won five straight at home.

"We were just, it seemed all night, about half a foot behind," Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson said. "We needed our speed in order to compete with them. They didn't allow us to get some speed in some situations. But we just didn’t have the energy to play the game we needed to play."

The Maple Leafs penalty kill unit has been hot lately, not allowing a power play goal in six games. However, they rank 30th overall in penalty killing with just 74.2 percent success this season.

The Maple Leafs hope to spark both Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul, who are both experiencing season-long, three-game point droughts.

"(Saturday) was a little frustrating," Kessel said. "They played well and we didn't have anything really going. Our line has not been good for a couple games now. We're going to have to figure it out, I guess."

Who's HotMilan Michalek has 16 road goals – the second-most in the League.

Injury Report – Forwards Peter Regin (shoulder) and Jesse Winchester (concussion) remain on IR for Ottawa. … Colby Armstrong (concussion) and John-Michael Liles (concussion) both skated on Monday and could possibly return to action as soon as next week, center Tyler Bozak is sidelined with a shoulder injury.

Stat PackJames Reimer will make his first start since Dec. 31. He lost seven of 11 starts in December (3-4-3), surrendering three or more on eight occasions. However, he is 3-0-1 in his career against the Sens with a 1.97 goals-against average and .929 save percentage.

Puck Drop – "We're looking forward to (the six-game road trip). It's a great opportunity to get back and play. We're playing lots of games and we're going to get a chance to get right back in the saddle and get ready to go, and that's what we're going to do." -- Sens coach Paul MacLean
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