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Sunday, December 28th (All times eastern)

Ottawa Senators (12-16-5) at Vancouver Canucks (16-14-3), 10 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Vancouver Canucks will try to get back in the win column tonight when they welcome the Ottawa Senators for an interconference battle at General Motors Place.

The Canucks have lost their last two games and tonight will try to avoid dropping three in a row for the first time since a four-game skid from November 27 to December 4.

Vancouver's most-recent setback came Friday against Edmonton in the opener of a three-game homestand for the Canucks. Sheldon Souray's power-play goal late in the second period proved to be the game-winner, as the Oilers fended off the Canucks, 3-2.

Mason Raymond and Kyle Wellwood each had a goal for the Canucks, who have lost three of their last four games. Curtis Sanford allowed three goals on 23 shots in a losing effort.

After trailing 3-0, the Canucks scored the final two goals of the game and outshot the Oilers, 14-3, in the third period. However, Edmonton would hold off the late charge to win the game over its Northwest Division rival.

The Canucks are 10-5-1 as the host this year and have lost two of their last three at GM Place. The club will close out this residency Tuesday against Philadelphia.

The Senators have also struggled recently, losing two straight and four of their last five outings. Ottawa is also just 2-6-1 in its last nine tilts and is last in the Northeast Division with just 29 points on the year.

Ottawa was handed its most-recent loss Saturday in Calgary, as Rene Bourque registered his first career hat trick in the Flames' 6-3 win over the Senators

Chris Phillips, Jason Spezza and Alexandre Picard had the goals for Ottawa, while Alex Auld gave up five goals on 41 shots.

The Senators have lost 11 straight road games, including the first two stops on a season-high eight-game swing. Ottawa is just 3-10-2 as the visiting club and last earned a win away from home when it beat Florida on October 30.

Tonight marks the first meeting between the Canucks and Sens since January 18, 2007, when Vancouver earned a road victory in Ottawa. The Canucks have taken four of the last five encounters between the clubs and the Senators have dropped two of three at GM Place.

12/28 11:02:29 ET

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