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GAME DAY 5: Senators vs. Flames, Feb. 25

by Matt Tidcombe @matttidcombe

For the first time this season, the Ottawa Senators face the Calgary Flames. 

The Set-up

Ottawa (6-14-1) is riding a two-game winning streak after back-to-back wins over Montreal. If they win tonight, it'll be the first time this season the Sens have won three straight. 

Calgary (9-9-2) suffered a 2-1 overtime defeat Wednesday night in Toronto. The Flames sit fifth in the North, two points behind Montreal for the division's final playoff spot. 

The Senators have won four of its last six games including two straight home wins as they've now improved its home record to 3-5-1 this season. The Flames are 5-5-2 on the road this season.

Calgary's power play on the road is operating at just 15.4 per cent, ranking 24th in the league. The Senators have the 10th best home penalty kill this season in the NHL at 85.7 per cent. 

Roster notes

The Senators will be without forward Derek Stepan after he was placed on injured reserve today. He left Tuesday's game in the first period with an upper-body injury. 

"It doesn't look good at this point but we'll wait until the doctor makes a diagnosis," head coach D.J. Smith said. 

Artem Anisimov will draw back in tonight for the Sens in place of Stepan. The Senators also recalled Erik Brannstrom and Matthew Peca from the taxi squad. 

Previous history

The Senators are 18-20-3 with four ties all-time against the Flames and hold an 11-6-2 (three ties) home record.

After waiting 21 games to finally meet Calgary, the Sens best get use to them now: five of the team's next six games are against the Flames. 

Who to watch

All eyes will be on Brady Tkachuk again tonight as he'll face off against his brother, Matthew, for the first time this season. The Senators' Tkachuk is also coming off of a two-goal performance in Tuesday's victory over Montreal. 

Tkachuk leads the Sens in points this season with 15 while his eight goals are also the most as are his 30 penalty minutes. 

Where to Watch  

Thursday's game can be seen live on TSN5 and RDS2 at 7 p.m. Fans can also tune into the radio call on TSN 1200 and Unique FM 94.5.

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