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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."

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

Tuesday.

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