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Wednesday, February 14th (All times eastern)

Florida Panthers (21-25-11) at Ottawa Senators (32-22-3), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators will aim for their third consecutive victory tonight, when they welcome the Florida Panthers to Scotiabank Place.

The Senators are fresh off a home-and-home sweep of the rival Montreal Canadiens. They beat the Habs last Thursday at home and followed with Saturday's triumph in Montreal.

The most recent victory over the Canadiens came in 5-3 fashion, as Wade Redden scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period at the Bell Centre.

Mike Comrie, Chris Kelly, Mike Fisher and Jason Spezza also scored for the Senators.

Antoine Vermette, Dany Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson each added a pair of assists in Saturday's tilt, while Ray Emery blocked 37-of-40 shots in the win.

Emery won't be in the lineup tonight, as he begins serving a three-game suspension for slashing Montreal's Maxim Lapierre on Saturday. He will be eligible to return for next Thursday's game in Buffalo.

The Senators have 67 points on the year and are tied with Pittsburgh for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

Tonight marks the beginning of a three-game homestand for Ottawa, which is 16-11-2 in Canada's capital city this year.

The Panthers will also be aiming for their third straight victory tonight after they won in Montreal on Tuesday. Ed Belfour made 29 saves to post his first shutout of the season as Florida blanked the Habs, 1-0, at Bell Centre.

Belfour's shutout was his first as a Panther and the 76th of his career, which tied him with Hall of Famer Tony Esposito for eighth place on the all-time list.

Jay Bouwmeester notched the lone goal of the contest for the Panthers, who have won two in a row following a three-game skid.

Ottawa is 2-0 against the Panthers this season and has won seven of nine and eight of the last 11 meetings in the series.

02/14 10:56:35 ET


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