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Saturday, January 11th (All times Eastern)

Ottawa Senators (19-18-8) at Nashville Predators (19-20-6), 7 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Ottawa Senators hope to get back in the win column on Saturday when they visit the scuffling Nashville Predators for a clash at Bridgestone Arena.

Ottawa recently posted a season-high winning streak with four consecutive victories before losing an overtime decision Wednesday night in Colorado.

Oddly enough, the Senators won four in a row with captain Jason Spezza out of the lineup before losing in his return to action on Wednesday. Paul Stastny scored the tying goal for Colorado with 2:20 left in the third period and then assisted on Tyson Barrie's game-winning tally 33 seconds into overtime as the Avalanche edged Ottawa, 4-3, at Pepsi Center.

The Avalanche jumped out to a 2-0 lead less than five minutes into the contest on goals by Jamie McGinn and Jan Hejda. However, the Senators cut the deficit to 2-1 before the end of the first period and then stormed ahead in the second period on goals from Spezza and Kyle Turris.

Clarke MacArthur also scored and added an assist in the loss, while Craig Anderson stopped 27 shots for the Sens.

Spezza, who missed the previous four games with a hip injury, wasn't pleased with his team's start or play in the third period.

"We didn't have a good start to the game, but we played a really good hockey game after that," he said. "We sat back too much and we gave them too many chances to tie the game, and in overtime anything can happen."

The loss dropped the Sens to 8-8-4 as the guest this season. The club is playing the third test of a four-game road trip tonight and will complete the swing Tuesday in Minnesota.

The Predators, meanwhile, have lost four of five games to begin January and are just 3-6-3 over their last 12 outings. The rough stretch has dropped Nashville into sixth place in the Central Division, where it is just one point ahead of the basement-dwelling Winnipeg Jets.

Nashville ended a three-game slide with Tuesday's 3-2 win over San Jose in the opener of a five-game homestand, but the Preds followed with Thursday's regulation loss against the red-hot Anaheim Ducks. Teemu Selanne's goal late in the second period was the difference in the 4-3 win for the Ducks, who have posted victories in 15 of their last 16 games.

Craig Smith had a goal and an assist for the Predators, while Marek Mazanec turned aside 24-of-28 shots in the loss.

"We were turning over too many pucks," Nashville's Shea Weber said. "They (the Ducks) can turn transition pucks into goals and they were able to do that tonight."

Nashville, which is 11-9-3 as the host this season, had won three straight in Music City before Thursday's setback. The Preds will continue their homestand on Sunday against the Minnesota Wild.

The Predators have lost three of their last four games against the Senators. Ottawa also has taken two straight in Bridgestone Arena, although the clubs haven't met in Nashville since the Sens notched a 2-1 regulation win back on Dec. 23, 2010.

01/11 10:30:28 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
2nd Intermission
CHI 4
CAR 0
 
2nd
SAV 40
NCCU 54
 
Final
MIA 7
FIU 2
 
Final
DET 12
FLASO 2
 
Final
PHI 103
TOR 114
Final
BRK 110
GSW 108
4th
MIA 96
PHO 85
 
4th
MIN 93
LAC 100
 
3rd
DAL 71
NOP 60
 
Final
TEX 61
BAY 59
 
Final
SYR 47
UVA 59
Final
SHSU 76
CARK 49
 
Final
NWST 92
SELA 79
 
Final
NCAT 67
COOK 50
 
3rd
HOW 55
NORST 55
 
Final
DELST 85
HAMP 75
 
Final
STEPH 83
INCWORD 62
 
Final
MCNST 70
LAM 69
 
1st OT
NO 76
NICST 83
 
2nd
SAV 40
NCCU 54
 
2nd
ALAAM 47
TXSOU 49
 
2nd
VT 30
BC 48
 
2nd
MVSU 33
GRAM 29
 
2nd
ISU 22
OKLA 39
 
2nd
ALAST 34
PVU 33
 
1st
ARKPB 29
JST 29
 
Final
NYR 4
NAS 1
2nd Intermission
CHI 4
CAR 0
 
1st
SJS 0
MON 0