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GAMEDAY 5: Senators vs. Oilers, April 7

by Matt Tidcombe @matttidcombe

The Ottawa Senators open a back-to-back tonight with the Edmonton Oilers at Canadian Tire Centre.

The Set-up

Ottawa (13-22-4) came up a goal short Monday night in a 4-3 defeat in Winnipeg. 

Edmonton (23-14-2) have points in seven of their last eight games (5-1-2) and sit third in the North Division. 

Both teams seem to have found their footing once again on the power play. Ottawa has power play goals in its last three games after not scoring on the man advantage in five straight games. Edmonton has three goals on the man advantage in its last two games after going 0-for-9 in its previous five games.

Despite that, the Oilers have the second best power play in the NHL at 26.4 per cent. Their 127 goals are the sixth most in the league. Ottawa's penalty kill at home continues to be impressive as they rank fifth in the league at 87.5 per cent. 

Roster notes

D.J. Smith has already confirmed that Marcus Hogberg will start in goal tonight for the Senators. 

Erik Gudbranson's status for tonight is in question after the birth of his son, Bennett, Tuesday. Erik Brannstrom is expected to play either tonight or Wednesday, but Smith didn't tip his hand either way.

Colin White is still out. 

Previous history

The Oilers haven't been kind on the Senators this season as they've won all seven matchups so far. The Sens have been outscored 34-15 over those seven games but the two contests have been much closer at Canadian Tire Centre with the Sens losing 3-2 and 3-1. 

The two teams will meet again Thursday for the final time this season. 

Who to watch

Connor Brown has goals in four straight games and became the fourth Senator to hit double digits on the season with his goal Monday. 

Brown's 20 points are part of a three-way tie for the fourth most on the team. His 18:12 a night is the second most among Sens forwards.

Where to Watch  

Wednesday's game can be seen live on TSN5 and TVAS at 5 p.m. Fans can also tune into the radio call on TSN 1200 and Unique FM 94.5.

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