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Sunday, November 17th (All times Eastern)

Columbus Blue Jackets (6-10-3) at Ottawa Senators (8-7-4), 1 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Ottawa Senators have gotten back on track during their five-game homestand and close out the residency on Sunday afternoon against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The Sens had lost five in a row and 10 of 13 before ripping off three straight wins, including the first two games of this residency. All three of those wins came with backup Robin Lehner in net after Craig Anderson suffered a neck injury versus Dallas on Nov. 3.

Lehner led Ottawa to wins over Columbus, Montreal and Florida before Anderson returned in a 5-0 setback to Philadelphia on Tuesday. Head coach Paul MacLean did not lose faith in his No. 1 netminder and went back to Anderson on Friday night, with the goaltender making 30 saves in a 4-2 triumph against Boston.

The Senators gave up the first two goals of the game, but Chris Neil got the comeback started with his unassisted tally with 50 seconds to play in the opening frame. Jason Spezza, Jared Cowen and Bobby Ryan all scored third- period goals in the win.

"We were playing the right way for most of the game, minus the first couple of minutes of the game where we get down by two, but we find a way," Anderson said. "That's what matters, and we've got something we can build off of now."

Ryan potted his team-leading 10th goal of the season, but he exited the game late in the third after taking an elbow to the face. He was able to skate with the club on Saturday, but is questionable for this game.

The Senators' 4-1 win over the Blue Jackets on Nov. 5 was their second in a row in the series and they have a point in all six of their meetings at home versus Columbus, going 4-0-1 with a tie.

That loss to the Senators is part of a 1-5-3 slump for the Blue Jackets, who have dropped three straight after regulation since their last win on Nov. 9. They were handed a 3-2 shootout loss by Montreal at home on Friday.

R.J. Umberger and Artem Anisimov scored late in the first period, but the Blue Jackets gave up a back-breaking goal with 7.8 seconds left in the frame when defenseman Fedor Tyutin lost the puck at his own blue line. That led to a breakaway goal by Montreal's Alex Galchenyuk.

"We just shovel (the puck) back to our defenseman, a bouncing puck, and it's a tough play for (Tyutin). It's a tough play, puck bouncing and he tries to make a play. Just a bad decision," Columbus head coach Todd Richards said.

Montreal got the game-tying goal in the second period and then scored the lone shootout goal.

Columbus wasted a 38-save effort by Curtis McElhinney.

The defeat came on the same day it was learned that winger Marian Gaborik will miss the next 4-to-6 weeks with a sprained knee. He has five goals and 11 points in 17 games this season, but is without a goal in his previous eight games.

Columbus begins a five-game road trip having lost six straight as the guest (0-4-2) and will have Sergei Bobrovsky back in net for the opener. He is 3-1-1 with a 2.37 goals against average in five career meetings with the Sens.

Anderson is 8-3-0 with a 2.39 GAA and one shutout in 11 lifetime encounters with the Blue Jackets.

11/17 10:26:53 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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CHA 91
CHI 86
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DUR 6
NOR 9
 
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CIN 4
PIT 0
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BAL 3
TAM 0
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NYY 3
CHC 0
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STL 1
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ARI 2
NYM 5
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PHI 0
ATL 1
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NYY 2
CHC 0
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DET 2
CLE 3
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MIA 3
WAS 6
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TEX 3
SEA 2
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BOS 6
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HOU 4
KAN 6
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TOR 0
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OAK 4
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COL 2
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6:40pm Tonight
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CHA 91
CHI 86
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ORL 86
IND 101
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MIL 103
ATL 111
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CLE 114
BRK 85
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MEM 106
DAL 105
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OKC 112
DET 111
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NOP 105
HOU 100
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SAN 100
LAL 113
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MIA 87
PHI 100
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NYK 95
TOR 92
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MIN 130
UTA 136
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BOS 102
WAS 118
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DEN 112
GSW 116
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POR 110
LAC 104
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SAC 99
PHO 104
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MON 5
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PIT 4
CLB 3
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ANA 4
DAL 3
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STL
CHI
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COL
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NOR 9
 
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