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Thursday, November 13th (All times eastern)

Columbus Blue Jackets (5-7-1-1) at Ottawa Senators (6-4-2-1), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Columbus Blue Jackets try to extend their unbeaten streak to four tonight when they visit the Ottawa Senators at Corel Centre.

Since an 0-6-0-1 slide, the Jackets have defeated Atlanta and Calgary and skated to a tie with Montreal. Marc Denis stopped six shots in overtime to help Columbus salvage a 1-1 tie with the Canadiens at Bell Centre on Tuesday.

Denis, who turned away 15 shots in the game's final 25 minutes, finished with 30 saves.

Rick Nash scored for Columbus, which remained winless in seven road games this season (0-5-1-1). The 2002 No. 1 overall pick is tied for sixth in the league with nine goals.

Nash's power-play marker, with 6:56 left in the second, forged the deadlock. David Vyborny -- positioned behind the net -- fed a pass between the circles for Nash, who scored on a wrist shot.

Columbus, winless on the road (0-5-1-1), will return home and host Boston on Friday.

Ottawa, meanwhile, halted a five-game winless streak (0-3-2) with Tuesday's 5-3 win in Atlanta. Martin Havlat snapped a tie midway through the third period with his second goal of the season. Bryan Smolinski scored twice and Peter Schaefer added a goal and an assist.

Daniel Alfredsson also found the back of the net and Patrick Lalime made 22 saves in the victory, Ottawa's first since a 6-2 triumph at Montreal on October 25.

On the injury front, All-Star winger Marian Hossa missed Tuesday's tilt due to a sore foot. He is probable for tonight.

The Sens, 2-2-2-1 at home, open a four-game Corel Centre set tonight and will host Montreal on Saturday.

Ottawa is 2-0-2 in four all-time meetings with Columbus, including a 1-0-1 home mark.

11/13 10:14:14 ET


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