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                             Wednesday, October 22
                              (All times Eastern)
 
 TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (3-3-1) AT OTTAWA SENATORS (4-1-0), 7 P.M.
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - The rolling Ottawa Senators hope to record a fifth
 straight victory when they host the rival Toronto Maple Leafs in Wednesday's
 clash at Canadian Tire Centre.
 
 The Senators opened 2014-15 with a loss at Nashville, but since then has won
 four consecutive outings. The winning streak is the longest for Ottawa since
 it ended a disappointing 2013-14 season with five straight victories.
 
 At 4-1, Ottawa has a chance tonight to pick up its fifth victory of the season
 way ahead of its pace from 2013-14. The Sens didn't earn win their fifth win
 until Nov. 5 last season, going 4-6-4 out of the gate.
 
 Ottawa's last two victories have come on home ice and the club will try to
 stay hot when it plays the third part of a four-game homestand tonight. The
 Sens were 18-17-6 as the host last season en route to missing the playoffs for
 the first time since 2011.
 
 The Senators picked up their most recent win in Saturday's matchup against the
 Columbus Blue Jackets. Ottawa coughed up an early 2-0 lead in the contest, but
 Mike Hoffman's goal midway through the third period proved to be the game-
 winner in a 3-2 victory.
 
 Ottawa grabbed a two-goal cushion after Erik Karlsson scored at the 7:02 mark
 of the second period. However, Nick Foligno and David Savard scored 41 seconds
 apart later in the period to even the score.
 
 The Blue Jackets would outshoot Ottawa, 17-10, in the third, but it was
 Hoffman's goal that proved to be the difference. Hoffman skated into the
 Columbus zone, made a nice move to split a pair of defenders and backhanded it
 over Sergei Bobrovsky for a 3-2 edge. It was the second point of the night for
 Hoffman, who recorded the primary assist on David Legwand's goal in the
 opening period.
 
 Robin Lehner stopped 38-of-40 shots in the win, improving his record to 2-0
 this season.
 
 "We stuck with it and found a way to get two points," said Ottawa forward
 Chris Neil.
 
 Craig Anderson could get the call for Ottawa tonight. The veteran netminder is
 7-6-2 with a 2.70 goals against average and .920 save percentage in his career
 against Toronto.
 
 The Battle of Ontario has been dominated by the Maple Leafs in recent years,
 with Ottawa losing nine of the last 11 encounters against its provincial
 neighbors. The Sens were able to halt a six-game slide in the series with a
 home victory in the last meeting on April 14, but Toronto still has won five
 of its past seven in Canada's capital city.
 
 Toronto ended a two-game slide on Tuesday, beating the New York Islanders 5-2
 at Nassau Coliseum. The Maple Leafs hope to record consecutive wins for the
 second time this season when they make the final stop on a three-game road
 trip.
 
 Phil Kessel scored twice during a four-goal outburst in the second period to
 help the Leafs pull away from the Islanders. James van Riemsdyk, Roman Polak
 and David Clarkson also scored and Kessel had an assist for the Maple Leafs.
 
 Jonathan Bernier had 34 saves, including 24 over the last two periods after
 giving up two goals in the first.
 
 "Bernie played well in net for us and we were able to get some goals for him,"
 said Kessel.
 
 Kessel is leading Toronto with four goals and eight points this season and he
 is a point-per-game player against Ottawa during his career. The speedy
 American has 25 goals and 21 assists in 46 lifetime outings versus the Sens.
 
 James Reimer could get the start in net for Toronto. He boasts a 9-2-1 mark
 and a 1.98 GAA in his career against Ottawa.
 
 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (1-3-2) AT PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (3-1-0), 8 P.M.
 
 (SportsNetwork.com) - Although the Pittsburgh Penguins always seems to be
 ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers in the standings these days, it's the latter
 club which has earned the better results in recent head-to-head meetings.
 
 The Flyers will aim for a fifth consecutive victory in the Battle of
 Pennsylvania when they visit the Penguins for Wednesday's clash at Consol
 Energy Center.
 
 This is the first of four scheduled encounters this season between the
 Keystone State rivals. The next meeting is in Philadelphia on Jan. 20.
 
 The Pens posted a victory in Philadelphia to open the 2013-14 season series,
 but the Flyers responded by taking the final four encounters. That streak
 included three straight wins in the Steel City, where Philly also has won four
 of five and nine of the past 11 regular-season meetings.
 
 Although the Flyers have fared well against the Pens in recent years, the
 Orange and Black are struggling in the early going with only one win through
 their first six games.
 
 Philly earned its only win of the season Saturday in Dallas, but followed that
 thrilling 6-5 overtime victory with Tuesday's 4-0 setback in Chicago. Patrick
 Kane scored a pair of power-play goals for the Blackhawks, while Antti Raanta
 stopped all 32 shots to earn the shutout.
 
 Steve Mason played well in defeat with 39 stops but with the Flyers playing on
 back-to-back nights, Ray Emery could get the call in net Wednesday. Emery
 is 6-4-2 with a 2.86 goals against average in his career against Pittsburgh,
 while Mason is 4-2-1 with a 2.54 GAA in eight outings versus the Pens.
 
 The Flyers were down 3-0 in the opening period after Chicago tallied three
 times in the span of 2 minutes, 6 seconds late in the stanza. The score stayed
 that way until Kane notched his third marker of the season in the third
 period.
 
 "We were like deer in highlights in the first period," Flyers head coach Craig
 Berube said.
 
 Wednesday's test marks the end of a three-game road trip for Philadelphia. The
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  75   Carlos Sainz, Jr.     24     11     0   1   0    1       1
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  94   Kyle Thompson         14      7     0   0   0    1       1
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 10/22 11:07:55 ET

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