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Tuesday, January 10th (All times eastern)

Phoenix Coyotes (20-20-2) at Ottawa Senators (28-9-3), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators will try to avoid their first three- game losing streak of the season, as they welcome the Phoenix Coyotes to the Corel Centre.

The Senators have dropped two straight and three of four to start the New Year. Ottawa is currently second in the Eastern Conference with 59 points. Philadelphia leads the East with 60 points.

The Sens' latest loss came Saturday night in Montreal. Francis Bouillon had a goal and an assist to help the Canadiens pick up the 4-1 win.

Steve Martins scored Ottawa's lone goal and Brian Pothier and Wade Redden picked up the assists for the Senators.

Dominik Hasek replaced a struggling Ray Emery late in the first period and turned away all 12 shots he faced.

Tonight marks the first of two straight at home for the Senators, who are 16-3-0 at home this season. Ottawa also hosts San Jose on Thursday.

The Coyotes, meanwhile, have dropped three in a row and are winless so far in 2006. Phoenix was in action against Columbus on Sunday and lost by a 5-2 margin. Bryan Berard notched his first career hat trick and Rick Nash added a goal and an assist to lead the Blue Jackets at Glendale Arena.

Ladislav Nagy tallied a goal and an assist and Curtis Joseph stopped just 10 of the 15 shots he faced for Phoenix.

Shane Doan added a goal for the Coyotes. Nagy leads the Coyotes with 46 points (14g, 32a), while Doan is second with 31 points (12g, 19a).

Phoenix, which is 9-11-1 as the visitor this season, begins a three-game road trip tonight. The Coyotes also visit Buffalo and Toronto on the swing.

This is the first meeting of the season between the Senators and Coyotes. Ottawa has won two straight and five of the last six matchups, including three in a row at the Corel Centre.

01/10 10:25:18 ET


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