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Sens, Blue Jackets try to get back on track in Columbus

(SportsNetwork.com) - Both the Ottawa Senators and Columbus Blue Jackets have fallen into little slumps following a stretch of solid hockey. The two playoff hopefuls try to rebound on Tuesday night in a clash at Nationwide Arena.

Columbus has lost consecutive games in regulation after winning a club-record eight in a row, slipping back into the ninth spot in the Eastern Conference. The Blue Jackets sit a point back of the Carolina Hurricanes for third place in the Metropolitan Division and an automatic postseason berth.

Ottawa, meanwhile, is 1-2-2 on the heels of a 6-0-1 run, leaving the squad tied for 12th in the conference and three points behind eighth-place Detroit.

The Sens and Blue Jackets are both coming off costly losses to the Hurricanes.

Ottawa never led in Saturday's 6-3 defeat in Carolina. The Senators fell behind 4-0 before Kyle Turris scored twice in the second period -- once shorthanded -- and Mika Zibanejad scored with 10 seconds left in the frame to make it a 5-3 deficit.

Robin Lehner turned aside 17-of-22 shots before being benched after two periods, with Craig Anderson making nine saves in relief.

Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said he liked the start of the game as the two clubs battled through 20 scoreless minutes before combining for seven goals in the middle period.

"You can't play catch-up hockey all the time," MacLean said. "You'll never have any chance to be successful consistently. Today we played catch-up the whole game. I mean, goals we gave up in the second period we can't say the goalie gave them up. Our whole team was out there. We turned over pucks and we weren't in the right spots and we didn't compete hard enough in our defensive zone."

Anderson will get the start tonight for the Senators and is 8-4-0 lifetime versus the Blue Jackets with a 2.52 goals against average in 12 meetings.

Columbus had its franchise-record win streak snapped with a 5-2 setback to Buffalo on Saturday, then lost a 3-2 road decision to Carolina last night.

Derek MacKenzie and R.J. Umberger scored 17 seconds apart in the first period for the Blue Jackets and they led held until the Hurricanes' Eric Staal scored two goals a minute apart just past the midway point of the third frame.

Jordan Staal then netted the winner for Carolina with 5:55 to play.

"We gave up three goals in less than three minutes. For 57 minutes, I thought we managed it pretty well. Those three minutes, that's the game," Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards said.

Sergei Bobrovsky allowed all three goals on 35 shots in the setback and has lost consecutive games after winning his previous nine consecutive decisions.

Bobrovsky is 4-1-1 with a 2.14 GAA in six career games versus the Senators, but could be in line for a break tonight. That would give Curtis McElhinney his first start since Jan. 11, though he did relieve Bobrovsky in Saturday's loss to the Sabres.

McElhinney faced the Senators for the first time in his career back on Nov. 5 and allowed three goals on 23 shots in a home setback.

The Blue Jackets and Senators have traded 4-1 road wins this season, with Ottawa's victory snapping a three-game series road losing streak.

01/28 11:52:13 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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