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Saturday, October 19th (All times Eastern)

Edmonton Oilers (1-6-1) at Ottawa Senators (3-2-2), 2 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Ottawa Senators will try to keep heading in the right direction when they host the struggling Edmonton Oilers in Saturday's clash at Canadian Tire Centre.

The Senators began the season on a six-game road trip and went 2-2-2 on that swing, earning wins in the first and last contests of the trek. Ottawa then made it two wins in a row by picking up a victory in its home opener on Thursday, downing the New Jersey Devils by a 5-2 score.

Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza each notched a goal and two assists to help Ottawa keep the Devils winless on the season. Bobby Ryan added a goal and an assist, while Milan Michalek and Zack Smith each scored once for the Senators.

Karlsson, Ryan, Spezza are off to terrific starts to this season. Spezza is leading the team in both goals (5) and points (8) through six games, while fellow forward Ryan has four goals and seven points. Karlsson is leading the club's defense with two goals and six points.

Craig Anderson backstopped the Sens' second straight victory with 40 saves and he is 3-1-2 with a 2.88 goals against average this season.

"He's a great goalie and he comes up big for us when we need him," Karlsson said of Anderson. "Obviously today he might have saved the game for us."

Anderson has solid career numbers against the Oilers, going 7-3-1 with a tie and a 2.48 GAA in 12 games versus Edmonton.

Next up for the Senators is Wednesday's game in Detroit, where they will face former Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson and the Red Wings.

Edmonton enters Saturday with just one win in eight games. The club has lost five in a row and the last three setbacks all came in regulation. The Oilers dropped a 3-2 decision Thursday night against the New York Islanders despite Taylor Hall scoring twice during an eight-second span in the first period.

Hall accounted for both Oilers' goals, which came a mere eight seconds apart late in the first period and handed Edmonton a 2-1 lead. The two goals were the fastest by one player in Oilers' history, breaking Wayne Gretzky's record of nine seconds set against St. Louis on Feb. 18, 1981.

However, the Oilers failed to generate much offensively the rest of the way and they let the home team score twice in the second period to take the close contest.

Despite falling to 0-4-1 on the season with another loss, goaltender Devan Dubnyk had his best showing of the campaign, finishing with 37 saves for the Oilers.

"This is where Duby takes over and starts playing like we know he can," said Hall. "It would have been nice to get a win for him."

Dubnyk expects to get the call again on Saturday. He has never started a game against Ottawa, but did see action in relief against the Senators on Nov. 17, 2011 and stopped seven-of-nine shots.

The Oilers are making the fifth stop on a six-game road trip today and will close the swing Tuesday in Montreal.

Edmonton has taken three of the last five meetings against the Senators overall and also has claimed the last two encounters in Ottawa.

10/19 10:31:35 ET

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Standings

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
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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