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Thursday, December 18th (All times eastern)

Chicago Blackhawks (7-15-6-3) at Ottawa Senators (13-10-3-3), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Chicago Blackhawks hope to end a nine-game road losing streak tonight when they visit the Ottawa Senators at Corel Centre.

Chicago has not tasted victory away from home since a 2-1 win over Nashville on November 7.

Overall, the Blackhawks are 1-10-3-3 in their last 17 games, including Sunday's 1-1 home tie with Dallas to close a home-and-home. The Stars won the first match, 1-0, in Texas two nights earlier.

The Stars' Marty Turco and the Hawks' Michael Leighton combined to make 60 saves in Sunday's stalemate. Leighton turned aside 31 of the 32 shots he faced for the Blackhawks, including one in overtime. Steve Sullivan scored the lone Chicago goal, as the Hawks moved to 1-1-1 since their 14-game winless streak.

The Blackhawk family was touched by tragedy since Sunday's contest, as former Chicago defenseman Keith Magnuson was killed late Monday afternoon when the car he was riding in, driven by former NHL defenseman Rob Ramage, crossed a center median in Vaughan, Ontario and collided with two vehicles. The two were returning from the funeral of former NHL player Keith McCreary, who passed away last week after a bout with cancer.

The Blackhawks will honor Magnuson, who starred for the club during the 1970s, prior to Sunday's game against New Jersey at the United Center.

Chicago will visit Detroit on Friday.

Ottawa, meanwhile, is 1-2-1 in its last four overall and has lost six of its last nine at home. Last Saturday the Senators were edged, 3-2, by Boston in the second portion of a five-game homestand.

Joe Thornton snapped a 2-2 tie with a goal midway through the third period to give the Bruins the final margin.

Zdeno Chara and Bryan Smolinski both posted goals for Ottawa, while Jason Spezza added a pair of assists for the Senators. Goaltender Patrick Lalime finished the contest with 28 saves.

The Senators will host the NY Rangers on Saturday.

Chicago has won two straight and three of the last four meetings with Ottawa.

12/18 12:02:19 ET

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