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Saturday, November 26th (All times eastern)

Boston Bruins (8-11-5) at Ottawa Senators (17-3-0), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The struggling Boston Bruins take to the ice against the mighty Ottawa Senators this evening in a battle of divisional foes at the Corel Centre.

The Senators lead the Northeast Division and the Eastern Conference with 34 points, while Boston is last in the Northeast with only 21 points.

Ottawa visited the New York Islanders on Friday afternoon and breezed to a 6-2 win. Vaclav Varada notched a goal and two assists to lead the Senators at Nassau Coliseum.

Jason Spezza and Peter Schaefer each picked up a goal and an assist, while Dany Heatley, Patrick Eaves and Denis Hamel added goals for the Senators, who have won four in a row and nine of their last 10.

Dominik Hasek made 31 saves in the victory.

Heatley extended his season-opening point streak to 20 games. It is the second-longest streak in NHL history from the start of a player's tenure with a team. Wayne Gretzky set the record by scoring in his first 23 games with the Los Angeles Kings (1988-89).

Heatley is the only NHL player to record a point in all of his team's games this season and his streak is the longest in franchise history.

The Bruins were also in action Friday afternoon, but received different results against the Flyers. Peter Forsberg recorded two goals and an assist to lead Philadelphia to a 5-3 win at TD Banknorth Garden.

Eric Nickulas had a goal and an assist in defeat, as Boston suffered its seventh loss in eight games. Joe Thornton and Jiri Slegr both scored and Andrew Raycroft registered 22 saves in the setback.

Boston could have defenseman Brian Leetch back in the lineup tonight. The veteran blueliner has been out since November 1 with a strained right MCL.

The Senators have won both meetings this season with Boston by a combined 10-3 margin. Ottawa has taken five of the last six matchups and the Bruins have lost three in a row in the Canadian capital.

11/26 10:35:50 ET

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