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Saturday, December 30th (All times eastern)

Ottawa Senators (20-18-1) at Toronto Maple Leafs (17-17-5), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators will try to match a season high with their fourth straight victory tonight, when they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.

The Senators won their third consecutive contest Friday evening against the visiting New York Rangers. Ray Emery stopped all 27 shots he faced to post his third shutout of the season, as Ottawa downed the Blueshirts, 1-0.

Daniel Alfredsson scored the game's lone goal early in the first for the Senators, who moved ahead of New York into a tie for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Emery, meanwhile, tallied his second straight shutout and has a personal best shutout stretch of 131 minutes and seven seconds.

Already without center Jason Spezza (knee), Ottawa's Mike Fisher missed the game and is expected to be sidelined indefinitely with a knee injury.

A victory tonight would give Ottawa its third four-game winning stretch of the season.

After this evening, the Senators will return home for a five-game stand at Scotiabank Place.

Meanwhile, the Maple Leafs will try to build some momentum tonight after dropping four of their previous five games. They lost a test in Pittsburgh on Friday as Marc-Andre Fleury made 30 saves to help the Penguins earn the 4-1 victory at Mellon Arena.

Mats Sundin scored the lone goal and Jean-Sebastien Aubin stopped 26 shots for the Maple Leafs.

Toronto is expected to be without winger Darcy Tucker, who is dealing with a bruised right foot. Tucker leads the Maple Leafs with 19 goals this year and is tied for third on the club with 31 points.

Tonight is the first of two straight at home for Toronto, which is 9-9-2 as the host this year. The Leafs will also welcome Boston to town on Monday.

Ottawa and the Leafs have met four times already this season and the Sens have taken three of those matchups. Ottawa has won 10 of the last 12 meetings between the teams.

12/30 10:13:34 ET

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