Toronto Maple Leafs at Ottawa Senators (-125, 5)
The Ottawa Senators are 7-1-2 since losing 5-4 to the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 6. On Saturday, the Senators will try for their fourth win in a row when they host the Maple Leafs in the fourth of five games between the Northeast Division rivals. Toronto, which has points in its last seven games (4-0-3), trails Ottawa by two points in the Eastern Conference playoff race, although the Senators have a game in hand. The Maple Leafs lead the season series 2-1-0 but lost 3-2 at Ottawa on Feb. 23. Senators goaltender Ben Bishop made 27 saves in that victory and earned his second career shutout with 24 saves against the Rangers on Thursday.
James Reimer has started five of the last six games and was in net for Toronto’s last home win over Ottawa on March 6. Ben Scrivens started the first two games against the Senators, earning his first career shutout before stopping 32 in the 3-2 road loss. Production on the power play has played a large role in the Maple Leafs’ point streak, with man-advantage goals in each of the last three games and four of the last five (5-for-16). Toronto’s penalty killing is a perfect 6-for-6 against the Senators, who are 2-for-5 on the power play during their winning streak.
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ABOUT THE MAPLE LEAFS (19-12-4): Captain Dion Phaneuf scored his second goal in as many games and added two assists in Toronto’s 6-3 win over Carolina on Thursday. Phaneuf has three assists in the previous three games against Ottawa. Joffrey Lupul scored the game-winner - his seventh goal in five games since returning from a broken arm. Phil Kessel has 18 points this month to take the team scoring lead from Nazem Kadri, who has been held off the scoresheet in the last two games. Clarke MacArthur has missed two games with an upper-body injury and is day-to-day, joining Leo Komarov, who has missed four.
ABOUT THE SENATORS (19-9-6): Colin Greening, who had three points (one goal, two assists) in Ottawa’s victory over the Maple Leafs and added another goal on March 6, has two goals and an assist in his last three games following a seven-game point drought. Goaltender Craig Anderson, who hasn’t played since Feb. 21 due to an ankle injury, is close to returning and will travel with the team on next week’s road trip. With Jason Spezza (back surgery), Erik Karlsson (lacerated achilles) and Milan Michalek (knee surgery) all out, getting Anderson back would go a long way to securing the Senators’ playoff position. There is also talk of Karlsson, the defending Norris Trophy winner, returning before the end of the regular season.
* Maple Leafs are 4-1 in the last five meetings.
* Under is 3-0-1 in the last four meetings in Ottawa.
* Senators are 9-2 in their last 11 home games.
* Maple Leafs are 0-4 in their last four road games.
1. Lupul has 10 points in 17 career games against the Senators.
2. Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson has 71 points in 78 career games against Toronto.
3. The Maple Leafs and Senators will meet once more at Ottawa on April 20.