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Saturday, January 21st (All times eastern)

Toronto Maple Leafs (24-19-3) at Ottawa Senators (31-10-4), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Battle of Ontario opens a two-night set at Scotiabank Place this evening when the Ottawa Senators welcome the Toronto Maple Leafs to town. The teams will also play on Monday in Ottawa.

The Senators are 4-0 against the Maple Leafs this season, with the last two victories coming by a combined score of 16-2.

The Maple Leafs head into the clash with a four-game losing streak. On Wednesday they dropped a 5-3 contest in Minnesota, as Marc Chouinard scored two goals to lift the Wild.

Matt Stajan, Alexei Ponikarovsky and Jason Allison all lit the lamp for the Maple Leafs. Allison also had an assist and Mikael Tellqvist allowed four goals on 22 shots faced in defeat.

The Leafs' four consecutive defeats is a season high. They will conclude a four-game road trip with Monday's repeat contest against the Senators.

Ottawa, meanwhile, had a two-game winning streak ended in Thursday's 4-3 shootout loss to Anaheim. Chris Kunitz scored the lone shootout goal to lift the Mighty Ducks.

Dominik Hasek made 36 saves for Ottawa, while Dany Heatley, Patrick Eaves and Bryan Smolinski scored for the Senators.

On the injury front, center Jason Spezza was back in the lineup after missing 12 of the previous 13 games with a strained chest muscle.

Ottawa, which plays the 1,000th regular season game in team history tonight, began a five-game homestand on Thursday.

01/21 10:53:18 ET


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