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Thursday, January 8th (All times eastern)

Ottawa Senators (21-10-5-3) at Toronto Maple Leafs (23-8-8-3), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference do battle tonight, as the Ottawa Senators head into the Air Canada Centre to face the rival Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Maple Leafs have 57 points and lead the Northeast Division by seven over Ottawa.

Toronto, though, will be without captain Mats Sundin, as he was suspended for one game without pay by the league on Wednesday for throwing his stick into the stands during Tuesday's game against Nashville. No penalty was assessed against Sundin for the act, which occurred midway through the second period after he broke his stick while attempting a shot. In frustration, he then flipped it over the glass into the crowd.

As for the game itself, Bryan McCabe scored twice in the third period as the Leafs continued their stellar play with a 2-1 victory over the Predators. Sundin assisted on both goals for Toronto, which is 15-2-2-1 in its last 20 games.

McCabe has two goals and two assists in his last three games.

Trevor Kidd made his second consecutive start in goal for Toronto and posted 24 saves in the victory. The Maple Leafs have won both of those games and are unbeaten in their last three contests overall (2-0-1).

Toronto, 11-2-2-2 at home this season, plays the second test of a four-game stand tonight.

Marian Hossa had two goals and an assist as the Senators remained red-hot with Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Corel Centre.

Daniel Alfredsson and Todd White each posted a goal and an assist as Ottawa stayed undefeated in its last 10 games (8-0-2), including wins in each of its last five.

Ottawa has not allowed more than three goals in any of its last 20 contests.

Alfredsson now has five points in his last three games, while White has two goals and two assists in his last four.

Ottawa, 8-3-2-1 on the road, opens a four-game road trip tonight.

The Maple Leafs have taken the only meeting of the season with a 2-1 victory in Ottawa on November 29. However, Ottawa has won four of the last six meetings and has grabbed two of its last three in Toronto.

01/08 10:34:21 ET


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