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Fading Sens host rival Maple Leafs

Nov 27, 2010 - 4:22 PM
(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators will try to work through a rough patch tonight, when they host the rival Toronto Maple Leafs for a Northeast Division battle at Scotiabank Place.

The Senators began November by winning five out of six games, but the club has tailed off dramatically since then, posting a 1-5-0 mark in its last six outings.

Ottawa's most-recent defeat was handed to them on Friday afternoon by the Penguins. Alex Goligoski scored the game-winner early in the third period to help the host Penguins claim a 2-1 regulation win at CONSOL Energy Center.

Jesse Winchester scored the lone goal for the Senators, while Pascal Leclaire was charged with both goals on 40 shots.

"It's always a challenge playing these guys cause they throw so many shots at the net," said Leclaire. "I felt good out there today, but we couldn't get the win."

Ottawa hopes to turn things around during a four-game homestand that kicks off tonight against a divisional rival. The Sens are 6-5-0 at Scotiabank Place this season.

Toronto, meanwhile, was also dealt a loss on Friday, dropping a 3-1 decision in Buffalo against Ryan Miller and the Sabres. Jordan Leopold and Thomas Vanek scored power-play goals and Miller made 35 saves in the Sabres' victory.

Buffalo killed off all six Toronto power plays and beat the Maple Leafs for the sixth straight time at home. Toronto's Jonas Gustavsson made his fourth straight start in net for the injured Jean-Sebastien Giguere and allowed three goals on 28 shots in defeat.

Toronto had won three of four prior to Friday's loss, but Ron Wilson's club is just 3-6-2 during the month of November.

The Leafs have also dropped seven in a row on the road, having lost every one of their away games since posting a win against the Rangers in New York City on Oct. 15. Toronto is 2-6-1 as the guest overall this season.

The Maple Leafs had won five straight against the Senators until Ottawa recorded a 3-2 regulation victory in Toronto on Nov. 2. Toronto won the other meeting between the clubs this season, posting a 5-1 triumph at home on Oct. 9.

Toronto still has eight wins in the last 12 games in this series overall and has also taken two straight and five out of eight in Ottawa.