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Thursday, March 11th (All times eastern)

Ottawa Senators (37-18-9-5) at Calgary Flames (34-26-6-3), 9 p.m.

(Sports Network) - Recently acquired defenseman Greg de Vries will debut for the Ottawa Senators tonight, when they go for their third consecutive win against the Calgary Flames at the Saddledome.

The Senators received de Vries from the New York Rangers for defenseman Karel Rachunek and prospect Alexandre Giroux just before the deadline on Tuesday. De Vries has posted three goals and 12 assists this season. Ottawa also dealt defenseman Shane Hnidy to the Predators.

Ottawa sits in a tie with Toronto for the Northeast Division lead and third place in the Eastern Conference. The Senators are still just 4-6-1 in their last 11 contests.

On Monday, the Senators posted a 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals at the MCI Center. Wade Redden and Mike Fisher each scored power-play goals in the winning effort.

Chris Phillips and Martin Havlat also scored for the Senators, who are 3-3-1 in their last seven. Patrick Lalime needed just 13 saves in net for Ottawa to snap a personal two-game losing streak.

Ottawa finished this one 2-for-6 on the power play, while holding Washington scoreless on five man-advantage opportunities.

Peter Bondra went without a point in his first game against his former team. Bondra was dealt to the Senators on February 18 for forward Brooks Laich and a second-round pick. The right winger had a five-game point streak halted.

Daniel Alfredsson had two assists for the Senators, extending his point streak to five games.

The Senators have lost three of their last four road tilts. For the season, Ottawa is 15-11-4-1 on foreign ice.

Calgary is likely headed to the postseason as well, sitting in a tie for seventh in the West with Los Angeles. The Flames are one point ahead of Nashville and two points up on ninth place St. Louis.

The Flames are just 1-2-1 in their last four games, including a 1-1 tie with Edmonton at the Saddledome. Ville Nieminen tallied the lone goal in the contest for the Flames.

Nieminen was one of three players that the Flames acquired prior to Tuesday's trade deadline. The others were Chris Simon and Marcus Nilson. Nilson replaced Martin Gelinas, who missed his second game due to a sore neck. It is unknown when Gelinas will return to the ice.

Miikka Kiprusoff pushed aside 27-of-28 shots in the contest. Kiprusoff is 18-7-3 between the pipes this season for Calgary.

The Flames are 3-1-1 in their last five and 4-2-2 in their past eight home tilts. For the season, Calgary is 17-12-5-1 in the friendly confines of the Saddledome.

Ottawa is unbeaten (5-0-1) in its last six contests against the Flames. The Senators are 8-2-1 in their past 11 contests. Ottawa has won three straight and four of its last five trips to Calgary.

03/11 10:33:42 ET


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