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Senators, Leafs renew Battle of Ontario

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

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Senators, Leafs renew Battle of Ontario
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Ottawa Senators

MAPLE LEAFS (8-10-3) at SENATORS (10-12-1)

TV -- CBC (HD)

Last 10 --
Toronto 3-5-2; Ottawa 4-6-0

Season series
-- It's the third of six meetings in this season's Battle of Ontario and the first at Scotiabank Place. The teams have split a pair of games at the Air Canada Centre, with Kris Versteeg and Clarke MacArthur each recording a goal and an assist in a 5-1 Toronto win on Oct. 9, and Mike Fisher scoring on a penalty shot to spark Ottawa's 3-2 victory on Nov. 2.

Big story --
While the Maple Leafs haven't exactly been setting the world on fire lately, neither have their opponents Saturday and with a regulation win, they would pull even with the Senators in the Northeast Division standings.

Team Scope:

Maple Leafs -- Second-year goaltender Jonas Gustavsson has been given an opportunity to shoulder the entire workload with Jean-Sebastien Giguere sidelined with a groin injury, and the man known as "The Monster" has acquitted himself well. He gave up a couple early power-play goals in a 3-1 loss to Buffalo on Friday, but in four starts since Giguere went down, Gustavsson has a pair of wins and a .941 save percentage.

"Two quick goals there," he told the National Post following Friday's defeat. "We didn't score. We had some power-play opportunities. But we couldn't score."

Senators -- One goal isn't going to win very many hockey games unless your goaltending is flawless. One goal, however, has been the offensive output for Ottawa in four of its last six games. The Senators haven't won any of them, including consecutive 2-1 losses to the Stars on Wednesday and the Penguins on Friday. Jesse Winchester got the scoring started in Pittsburgh, but goals by Evgeni Malkin and Alex Goligoski proved too much to overcome.

"It's a loss, and we've got to find ways to win those tie games," goalie Pascal Leclaire said. "We played pretty good, but Marc-Andre [Fleury] played a good game today. He made some good saves. It was just a good up-and-down game."

Who's hot -- Phil Kessel leads the Maple Leafs with 10 goals, including his first career shorthanded tally on Friday … Leclaire can hardly be blamed for the Senators' recent struggles - he's allowed just two goals in each of his last three games while posting a .938 save percentage.

Injury report
-- In addition to Giguere, forward Mike Brown is also battling a groin injury for the Toronto and is day-to-day after sitting on Friday. Forward Colby Armstrong (hand/foot) and defenceman Dion Phaneuf (leg) are on injured reserve.

Stat pack -- Leafs defenceman Tomas Kaberle, who has reached double digits in goals three times in his career, is still looking for his first this season. He has 10 assists in 21 games … Friday marked only the second time in 10 games this season that the Senators have lost when scoring the first goal.

Puck drop
-- Toronto entered Friday's game having taken the fewest minor penalties in the NHL and was 25th averaging 10.8 penalty minutes per game. But they had some costly calls go against them, including a triple roughing minor on Colton Orr that led to Jordan Leopold and Thomas Vanek scoring 1:45 apart, digging the Leafs an early hole.

Senators head coach Cory Clouston has tabbed Brian Elliott as his starter in goal tonight. Matt Carkner returns to the lineup on the blue line after sitting out Friday, with David Hale being scratched against the Leafs.

2010-2011 season series
DateScoreW. Goal
Apr 02 '11 TOR 4 at OTT 2 T. Bozak
Feb 19 '11 OTT 1 at TOR 0 - SO J. Spezza
Jan 01 '11 TOR 5 at OTT 1 T. Bozak
Nov 27 '10 TOR 0 at OTT 3 A. Kovalev
Nov 02 '10 OTT 3 at TOR 2 E. Karlsson
Oct 09 '10 OTT 1 at TOR 5 P. Kessel
C. MacArthur2271118+21222
M. Grabovski2251116+3820
P. Kessel2210414-4633
N. Kulemin227613-2412
K. Versteeg216612-71540
T. Kaberle2201010+2000
T. Bozak22336-2420
L. Schenn22156+51900
M. Komisarek22156+11400
F. Beauchemin22145+1400
D. Phaneuf11044-61700
N. Kadri7044+0200
T. Brent22213-1200
C. Orr22202+24101
F. Sjostrom22112-4400
M. Brown21112+03600
C. Armstrong8101-21100
C. Gunnarsson14011+0200
J. Mitchell13011-2800
M. Zigomanis8011+0400
B. Lebda11000-10800
L. Caputi7000-2400
K. Aulie6000-1000
C. Hanson3000+0200
K. Holzer2000-1200
J. Giguere125-5-2333152.78.895
J. Gustavsson113-6-1253002.45.917
D. Alfredsson2481018-5451
A. Kovalev247714-3833
J. Spezza196814+3811
S. Gonchar2441014-121220
E. Karlsson224812-21822
M. Fisher247411-61511
M. Michalek205510-11600
P. Regin241910+0600
R. Shannon23347-2600
C. Kelly24336-42201
J. Winchester23325-21000
C. Campoli24145-32400
N. Foligno24055-4800
J. Ruutu24134+23400
C. Neil24134-17001
C. Phillips24033-121000
Z. Smith10202-41400
D. Hale13112+3601
M. Carkner23022+45300
F. Kuba8022+0000
B. Lee7000+1200
B. Elliott1710-7-0465152.94.911
P. Leclaire91-5-1252443.22.898
R. Lehner20-0-00100.001.000