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Pens shoot for 8th straight win in road clash with Sens

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Pittsburgh Penguins will try to roll into the NHL's Christmas break by picking up an eighth straight win when they visit the struggling Ottawa Senators on Monday.

Pittsburgh won its seventh straight game in Saturday's home tilt against the Calgary Flames and that victory was also the 10th consecutive win on home ice for the Pens.

The Pens, who are 10-7-1 on the road this season compared to a stellar 17-3-0 mark in the Steel City, will play their next four games as the guest, beginning with tonight's tilt in Canada's capital city. Pittsburgh's next game is in Carolina on Friday, when the NHL emerges from its three-day holiday break.

Sidney Crosby's goal and two assists led the way for the Penguins in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Flames at CONSOL Energy Center. James Neal scored once and assisted on another for the Penguins, with Pascal Dupuis and Harry Zolnierczyk also lighting the lamp to support a 27-save effort from Marc-Andre Fleury.

Pittsburgh held on for its 12th win in 23 games after jumping out to a 4-1 lead late in the second period.

"We are just playing with a lot of energy," said Crosby. "Just keeping it simple and playing to our strengths, (we've) got a lot of speed in the lineup and (are) trying to take the load off our of defense a little bit."

Crosby has recorded a point in 10 straight games, posting seven goals and 11 helpers during that stretch. Pittsburgh's captain is leading the NHL with 54 points this season on 20 goals and 34 assists.

Pittsburgh forward Evgeni Malkin has fallen into a tie for fourth place in the NHL's scoring race while missing the last four games with a lower-body injury. The Russian star is questionable for Monday's tilt.

The Senators enter Monday on a three-game slide after falling 4-3 in overtime Saturday against the visiting Phoenix Coyotes.

Phoenix rallied for the OT victory against the Senators, overcoming deficits of 2-0 and 3-2 to send the game to the extra session. Antoine Vermette, who tied the game at 3-3 late in the third period before winning it in overtime, recorded his second career hat trick to spark the Coyotes' comeback.

Marc Methot posted a goal and an assist for the Senators, while Kyle Turris and Zack Smith also scored in the loss. Craig Anderson was saddled with the loss despite making 34 stops.

"We're trying out there, we're trying to win and we're trying to do things right," said Sens captain Jason Spezza. "It just seems like right now we can't find a way to win and every mistake seems to end up in the back of our net."

The Senators fell to 7-10-4 on home ice after Saturday's setback. Ottawa is closing a three-game homestand tonight and will play its next game Friday night in Boston.

Monday's tilt is the first of three scheduled meetings between the Sens and Pens this season. Pittsburgh won all three encounters last season and has claimed seven of the past 11 tilts in this series. The Penguins also have won two straight in Ottawa, but the Sens have claimed four of the last seven matchups in Canada's capital.

12/23 11:07:11 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
 
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
 
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y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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