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Thursday, October 30th (All times eastern)

Ottawa Senators (3-5-1) at Florida Panthers (4-4-0), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators will get a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time this season when they visit the Florida Panthers tonight at BankAtlantic Center.

Ottawa is just 3-5-1 so far in the 2008-09 campaign and is coming off Tuesday's 5-2 victory in Buffalo. The victory ended a four-game losing streak for the Senators and was also the first regulation loss suffered by the Sabres this season.

Jason Spezza scored two goals and assisted on another to help send the Senators to the easy win at HSBC Arena. Ottawa led 5-0 early in the third period before Buffalo scored a pair of goals in the final six minutes of the game.

Spezza comes into tonight's test as Ottawa's leading scorer this season with 12 points (5 goals, 7 assists).

Dany Heatley added a goal and an assist while Daniel Alfredsson had a pair of helpers. Alex Auld stopped 25-of-27 shots in an impressive outing for the Senators.

Tonight marks the third stop on a four-game road trip for Ottawa, which is 2-1-0 as the visiting club this season.

The Panthers, meanwhile, had won two in a row before being shut out Saturday in St. Louis. Ben Bishop and Marek Schwarz combined for the white-washing, and Blues crushed Florida, 4-0, at Scottrade Center.

Craig Anderson allowed four goals on 31 shots, and no Florida player was able to record more than three shots.

Florida is 3-1-0 as the home team this season with its only loss in Sunrise coming in a 6-2 thrashing at the hands of Minnesota on October 16. After tonight's contest, the Panthers will begin a five-game road trip Saturday in Nashville.

This is already the second meeting of the year between the Panthers and Senators after Florida posted a 3-1 decision in Ottawa on October 22. The Sens have still won seven of nine against the Panthers as well as 11 of their last 13 tilts at BankAtlantic Center.

10/30 10:52:41 ET


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