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Tuesday, January 15th (All times eastern)

Ottawa Senators (29-11-4) at Washington Capitals (18-21-5), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators will try to shrug off the loss of Dany Heatley and avoid a second straight loss when they visit the Washington Capitals for tonight's test at the Verizon Center.

The Senators defeated the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night, but also lost Heatley to a separated right shoulder that will keep him sidelined for six weeks. The winger is second on the Senators in goals (25) and points (56) this season.

Heatley had played in 207 consecutive regular-season games since coming to Ottawa from Atlanta in a deal prior to the 2005-2006 campaign, but missed his first test Sunday as the Senators lost to the visiting Islanders. Marc-Andre Bergeron netted a pair of power-play goals as New York toppled Ottawa, 3-1, at Scotiabank Place.

Daniel Alfredsson scored for the Eastern Conference-leading Senators, who had a four-game win streak snapped. Martin Gerber made 28 saves, but fell to 20-7-1 on the year.

Alfredsson is tied with Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf for the longest current point streak in the NHL, having reached the scoresheet in 10 straight contests. Alfredsson, who was selected as an Eastern Conference All-Star this season, has nine goals and five helpers during his tear.

The Senators are 14-4-2 as the visiting team this season and have won eight of their last 10 tests away from Ottawa.

Ottawa has had trouble with the Capitals this season, as it has lost all three meetings with Washington so far. The Sens will try to avoid the season sweep tonight and win for just the third time in nine contests against the Caps.

The Capitals had a two-game win streak halted Sunday afternoon, as they fell to the visiting Philadelphia Flyers. Mike Knuble scored twice and Kimmo Timonen had a goal and two assists to lift the Flyers to a 6-4 decision at the Verizon Center.

Alex Ovechkin, Michael Nylander and Mike Green each had a goal and an assist apiece for Washington. Alexander Semin chipped in with a goal for the Caps.

Olaf Kolzig stopped only 12-of-16 shots before being replaced by Brent Johnson in the early stages of the second period. Johnson was solid, making 15 saves.

Tonight's test marks the third segment of a five-game homestand for the Capitals, who are 9-11-1 as the host this year.

01/15 10:34:50 ET

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