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Thursday, March 5th (All times eastern)

Edmonton Oilers (31-26-6) at Ottawa Senators (23-29-10), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Edmonton Oilers continue an important road trip tonight at Ottawa's Scotiabank Place, where the playoff hopefuls take on a Senators squad that's all but given up on making the postseason.

Edmonton got its four-game trek off to a less-than-desired start, falling to Nashville in a wild overtime affair on Tuesday. Ex-Oiler Jason Arnott scored 2:31 into extra time to lift the surging Predators to a 6-5 victory.

The Oilers trailed 3-2 after two periods but drew even with a three-goal barrage in the third, with Erik Cole tying the contest at 5-5 with 6:08 remaining in regulation.

That would be Cole's final goal in an Edmonton uniform, as the veteran forward was shipped to Carolina Wednesday as part of a three-team deal that landed talented left wing Patrick O'Sullivan with the Oilers from Los Angeles.

The 24-year-old O'Sullivan registered 22 goals and 31 assists with the Kings in 2007-08, his first full NHL campaign, and has 14 goals and 23 assists through 62 games this season.

Edmonton also made another move in an attempt to bolster its front line prior to yesterday's deadline, acquiring forward Ales Kotalik from Buffalo for a second-round draft choice. The 30-year-old Czech has posted 13 goals and 19 assists in 56 games with the Sabres this season.

The moves come with the Oilers locked in heated duel for playoff positioning in the competitive Western Conference. Edmonton is currently tied with Nashville and Anaheim for seventh place, but the Oilers have played less games than the Predators and Ducks. The group is also just two points behind sixth- seeded Columbus.

Ottawa is in no such position in the East, as the club currently stands 16 points out of a playoff spot and is mired in a three-game losing streak. With that in mind, the Senators looked to next season during Wednesday's trade deadline.

The Sens acquired their probable No. 1 goaltender for 2009-10 in a deal with Columbus that sent forward Antoine Vermette to the Blue Jackets in exchange for Pascal Leclaire. Ottawa also signed veteran defenseman Filip Kuba, the team's leader in plus-minus rating, to a three-year contract extension. The 32-year-old was slated to be a free agent at season's end.

Leclaire put together a breakthrough season with Columbus a year ago, posting 24 wins and six shutouts along with a 2.25 goals against average. The Quebec native has only played in 12 games this season and will likely sit out the remainder of the year after undergoing ankle surgery in January.

Ottawa will resume a season-long eight-game homestand tonight. After opening the residency with a win over Carolina on February 24, the Senators have been dealt losses by San Jose, Toronto and Calgary.

In Tuesday's 6-3 setback to the Flames, starting netminder Alex Auld was pulled after two periods after stopping just 11-of-15 shots. Kuba scored his second goal of the season in the loss, while Mike Foligno finished with a goal and an assist for Ottawa.

Dany Heatley assisted on Kuba's tally and now has four goals and three assists during a six-game scoring streak.

Edmonton, which is 16-14-2 on the road this season and will also make stops in Toronto and Montreal on this trip, will be seeking to end a three-game losing streak to the Senators. These teams faced off in Edmonton on December 30, with Ottawa skating to a 3-2 victory.

The Oilers are 0-2 with a tie in their last three visits to Scotiabank Place and haven't won in Ottawa since March 14, 2002.

03/05 10:57:13 ET


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