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Tuesday, November 6th (All times eastern)

Toronto Maple Leafs (6-6-3) at Ottawa Senators (12-1-0), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators will try to continue their amazing start to the season tonight, when they welcome the rival Toronto Maple Leafs to Scotiabank Place.

The Senators are 12-1-0 on the year and have won seven straight contests. Ottawa is off to the franchise's best-ever start to a season and can set a club record for the longest winning streak with another victory tonight.

Ottawa recently swept Boston in a home-and-home series and capped the set with Sunday's dramatic triumph in Beantown.

Daniel Alfredsson scored the deciding goal in the shootout and Martin Gerber stopped both Boston chances, as Ottawa clipped the Bruins, 2-1, at TD Banknorth Garden.

Alfredsson beat Tim Thomas with a short-side wrister to begin the round. After Chuck Kobasew missed on the Bruins' first chance, Antoine Vermette slipped a backhander through Thomas' pads. Gerber then prevented Phil Kessel's try to extend the shootout by stopping his chance with a right-pad save.

Vermette also tallied in regulation for the Senators, and Gerber stopped 21- of-22 shots en route to winning his ninth game of the season.

Ottawa was without its franchise centerman Jason Spezza for Sunday's game in Boston. Spezza, who has one goal and 12 assists in 10 games this year, is questionable again this evening with a slight groin pull.

The Senators, who are 7-1-0 as the host this season, are beginning a four-game homestand tonight. Ottawa will also welcome Washington, Montreal and Buffalo to Scotiabank Place during the stretch.

Meanwhile, the Maple Leafs have won three of their last four contests and are coming off Saturday's dramatic win over the archrival Montreal Canadiens.

The Leafs scored the 3-2 victory in Montreal thanks to Matt Stajan's goal with 1:34 left in regulation. Tomas Kaberle and Mats Sundin also scored for the Maple Leafs, who halted a two-game losing streak and also won for the third time in five tests,

Alexei Ponikarovsky added two assists and Vesa Toskala made 32 stops for the win.

The Leafs are expected to witness the season debuts of forwards Mark Bell and Kyle Wellwood tonight. Bell is finished serving a 15-game suspension for a drunk driving incident from last September.

Bell was acquired from San Jose in the same trade that brought Toskala to Toronto.

Wellwood has been sidelined since undergoing surgery prior to the season to repair a sports hernia injury. The 24-year-old centerman notched 42 points (12 goals, 30 assists) in 48 games with Toronto last season.

Tonight marks the third segment of a four-game road trip for Toronto, which is 3-2-1 as the visiting team this year. The Leafs will complete the swing in Buffalo on Friday night.

Ottawa is already 2-0 against the Leafs this season and has taken three of four and six of the last eight meetings in the series. Toronto has also tasted defeat in two straight, three of four and seven of its last nine trips to Scotiabank Place.

11/06 10:37:41 ET


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