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Monday, November 6th (All times eastern)

Ottawa Senators (5-7-0) at Washington Capitals (5-4-4), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators try to end a three-game skid tonight when they visit the Washington Capitals at the Verizon Center.

Since a three-game winning streak that saw the Sens outscore opponents a combined 21-5, they have dropped contests to Boston, Montreal and Carolina. On Saturday Ottawa lost a 3-2 decision to the visiting Hurricanes. Ray Whitney scored twice in the third period, including the game-winner midway through, to lift Carolina.

Daniel Alfredsson and Denis Hamel both notched their second goals of the season, and former Hurricane Martin Gerber made 37 saves in a losing effort.

The Senators have lost three straight for the second time this season, as they also did so from October 5-12.

Ottawa was 0-for-7 on the power play Saturday and is a meager 6-for-71 this season. Their 8.5 percentage with the man-advantage is the worst mark in the league.

The Sens begin a four-game road trip tonight and will visit Atlanta on Wednesday.

Washington, meanwhile, has won two of its last three games. On Saturday. Alexander Ovechkin and Ben Clymer each scored two goals to lead the Capitals past the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-3, at the Wachovia Center.

Matt Bradley and Brian Sutherby each added a pair of assists for Washington.

Brent Johnson made 33 saves for the Capitals, who won for the first time in Philadelphia since the 1998 season, a span of 16 games.

Ovechkin ended a three-game goal-less streak with his two-tally effort.

The Caps will visit Carolina on Thursday.

Ottawa went 3-1 against Washington last season, and is 6-0-2 in its last eight trips to DC.

11/06 10:16:47 ET

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