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Ottawa tries to avoid sixth straight loss; Edmonton seeks eighth victory in 13 games

by Derek Van Diest / Independent Correspondent

SENATORS (11-16-1) at OILERS (17-9-3)

9:30 p.m. ET; TVAS, SNW, SNOL, TSN5, NHL.TV 


The Game

The Ottawa Senators will look to end a season-long five-game losing streak when they visit the Edmonton Oilers at Rogers Place on Wednesday.

The Senators have been outscored 18-6 during the skid after going 5-1-0 in their previous six games. They will play the fourth of a five-game road trip and second half of a back-to-back following a 5-2 loss at the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday. 

Goalie Marcus Hogberg is expected to make his second start of the season; he made 24 saves in a 3-1 loss at the Calgary Flames on Saturday.

The Oilers, 7-4-1 in their past 12 games, hold a one-point lead over the Arizona Coyotes for first place in the Pacific Division.

Goalie Mikko Koskinen will make his second straight start; he's 5-1-1 with a 2.58 goals-against average, .924 save percentage and one shutout in his past eight games (seven starts).


Players to watch

Senators center Jean-Gabriel Pageau has scored a goal in each of his past two games and leads Ottawa with 21 points (15 goals, six assists). 

Oilers center Connor McDavid, who leads the NHL with 51 points (19 goals, 32 assists), has 28 points (13 goals, 15 assists) in his past 14 games.


They said it

"We have to have a good start … and we have to take care of McDavid and [forward Leon] Draisaitl. We have to make sure we're above them and know where they are on the ice at all times." -- Senators forward Tyler Ennis

"You can lose every given night, that's what makes this league so special. This is a team that offensively, they can make you pay. They have great offensive weapons."  -- Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse on the Senators


Senators projected lineup 

Brady Tkachuk -- Logan Brown -- Anthony Duclair

Nick Paul -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Connor Brown

Vladislav Namestnikov -- Artem Anisimov -- Colin White

Filip Chlapik -- Chris Tierney -- Tyler Ennis

Thomas Chabot -- Ron Hainsey

Mark Borowiecki -- Nikita Zaitsev

Erik Brannstrom -- Dylan DeMelo

Marcus Hogberg

Anders Nilsson

Scratched: Maxime Lajoie, J.C. Beaudin, Mikkel Boedker

Injured: Cody Goloubef (undisclosed), Scott Sabourin (head), Christian Wolanin (upper body), Craig Anderson (lower body)


Oilers projected lineup

James Neal -- Connor McDavid -- Josh Archibald

Jujhar Khaira -- Leon Draisaitl -- Sam Gagner

Joakim Nygard -- Riley Sheahan -- Alex Chiasson

Markus Granlund -- Gaetan Haas - Patrick Russell

Oscar Klefbom -- Adam Larsson

Darnell Nurse -- Ethan Bear

Kris Russell -- Joel Persson

Mikko Koskinen

Mike Smith

Scratched: Brandon Manning

Injured: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (hand), Zack Kassian (back), Matt Benning (head) 


Status report

Ottawa did not hold a morning skate Wednesday. … Anderson is close to returning to the lineup, but it is not certain if he will be ready to play Wednesday. … Smith will back up Koskinen after missing the game Tuesday because of a leg injury. … Persson was recalled from Bakersfield of the American Hockey League on Tuesday.  


Stat pack

Tkachuk will play in his 100th NHL game. … Draisaitl has two goals in his past three games after having 32 points (10 goals, 22 assists) in his previous 16 games.

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