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Thursday, January 22nd (All times eastern)

Pittsburgh Penguins (11-29-5-3) at Ottawa Senators (25-12-7-3), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators continue their quest for first place tonight when they welcome the Pittsburgh Penguins to Corel Centre.

The Sens have come close to the top spot in the Northeast Division the past few days, but haven't been able to break through. Currently, Ottawa, with 60 points, trails Toronto by three in the race. The Maple Leafs also pace the Eastern Conference as a whole.

On Tuesday, Marian Hossa posted a goal and two assists to lead the Senators to a 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes at RBC Center. Daniel Alfredsson also scored for Ottawa, which won for the third time in five games and improved to 12-2-4 in its last 18 contests overall. Shaun Van Allen added an empty-net goal in the victory.

Patrick Lalime turned aside all but one of the 14 shots he faced for Ottawa.

Hossa has tallied seven goals and six assists in 11 games this month. He leads the team with 23 goals and 28 assists overall.

The Senators, 8-0-2 in their last 10 at home, will host the NY Rangers on Saturday.

Pittsburgh, meanwhile, has lost four straight entering tonight's action. On Tuesday the Pens dropped a 3-0 contest to visiting New Jersey. Turner Stevenson tallied two goals and an assist and rookie Scott Clemmensen recorded a shutout in his first career start to back the Devils.

Jean-Sebastien Aubin allowed three goals on 19 shots for Pittsburgh, which has just three victories in its last 18 contests (3-13-1-1).

The Penguins, with 30 points, remain the NHL's worst team. They are 29 points off the pace of first-place Philadelphia in the Atlantic Division race.

Pittsburgh has allowed the most goals in the NHL with 172. The club has also scored just 91 goals -- the second lowest total behind Carolina's 89.

The Pens, 2-10-1-3 in their last 16 road games, will host Colorado on Saturday.

Pittsburgh is 1-0-1 against Ottawa this season, but the Senators are 5-2-1 in the last eight meetings overall.

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