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Thursday, January 18th (All times eastern)

Vancouver Canucks (26-19-1) at Ottawa Senators (27-19-2), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - A pair of resurgent teams will take the ice this evening at Ottawa's Scotiabank Place, where the Senators attempt to push their season- high win streak to six games in a matchup with the Vancouver Canucks.

Ottawa kept up its winning ways, as well as its recent scoring explosion, with Tuesday's 5-2 home victory over Washington. Mike Comrie netted a pair of goals for the Senators, while Daniel Alfredsson and Peter Schaefer each scored once and assisted on another.

The Senators improved to 10-1-1 over their last 12 games and have piled up 30 goals during this five-game win streak, tallying at least five times in each of those outings.

Ottawa has also won four straight and seven of its last nine as the host. The club is 13-10-1 on home ice this season.

Alfredsson was credited with the game-winning goal for the fourth consecutive game, becoming only the second player to do so in NHL history. Newsy Lalonde of the Montreal Canadiens had five straight game-winners during February of 1921.

The Ottawa captain has amassed 14 points (five goals, nine assists) during a current five-game scoring streak and has recorded a goal in each of those contests. Linemate Dany Heatley (five goals, seven assists) is also on a five- game run, while defenseman Wade Redden has compiled two goals and eight assists during a seven-game tear.

Vancouver has vaulted to the front of the topsy-turvy Northwest Division by winning nine of its 10 most recent games, including the first two of the club's current four-game road trip. The Canucks lead second-place Calgary by one point and Minnesota by two in the crowded division.

On Tuesday, Vancouver received another stellar performance from All-Star goaltender Roberto Luongo, who stopped all 30 shots he faced in the Canucks' 4-0 win at slumping Montreal.

Luongo has posted a 2.16 goals-against average and an outstanding .935 save percentage over Vancouver's last 10 games.

Ryan Kesler had a goal and two assists to lead the Canucks' offense, while Jan Bulis and Josh Green each registered a goal and one assist on the night.

Vancouver, which is 11-11-1 on the road, concludes the trek Friday in Buffalo.

The Canucks won the only meeting between these teams last season, a 3-2 shootout decision in Vancouver, and three of the last four in the series.

01/18 10:41:41 ET

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