Oilers to visit Senators for first time since 2007

Edmonton (31-26-6) at Ottawa (23-29-10), 7:30 pm EST

OTTAWA (Ticker) — Following a busy day at the trade deadline,
the Edmonton Oilers will visit the Ottawa Senators on Thursday
for the first time in over two years.

The Oilers, who are in the thick of a tight Western Conference
playoff race, were buyers before Wednesday’s deadline. Edmonton
acquired Patrick O’Sullivan in a three-way swap and snared Ales
Kotalik from the Buffalo Sabres for a second-round pick.

“Both are outstanding players,” Oilers general manager Steve
Tambellini said. “With Patrick, he’s becoming a prominent
player in the NHL. He had a great year last year.”

“With Ales, he’s a proven performer. His areas of strength are
obvious – a heavy shot, intelligence and skill. They’re both
strong players. There was so much discussion over the last
week. We knew what we were looking for.”

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Edmonton has not come to Scotiabank Place since suffering a 4-3
shootout loss to the Senators on February 20, 2007.

Sam Gagner, who has not visited Ottawa as an NHL player,
recorded a goal and two assists during Tuesday’s 6-5 overtime
loss to the Nashville Predators.

Ottawa is hoping to snap a three-game losing streak. The
Senators were handed a 6-3 setback by the Calgary Flames on