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Sabres host struggling Senators

Ottawa (2-5-1) at Buffalo (6-0-2) 7:00 p.m. EDT

BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) -- Losers of four straight, things

will not get any easier for the Ottawa Senators when they take

on the Buffalo Sabres and their spotless regulation record on

Monday.

Buffalo has earned at least a point in all of its eight games

this season while Ottawa is in the midst of a four-game losing

skid.

The Sabres own a three-point lead over Montreal in the Northeast

division, with left wing Thomas Vanek and goaltender Ryan Miller

leading the way.

Vanek leads the NHL with eight goals and Miller owns a

league-leading 1.60 goals against average. The American

netminder also ranks second in the league with a .940 save

percentage.

Each of the last four games for the Sabres has required overtime

or a shootout, with Buffalo capturing three shootout wins and an

overtime victory.

After earning three points in a pair of games against Pittsburgh

in Stockholm, the Senators have lost five of their last six

games, including three one-goal decisions.

Defenseman Filip Kuba leads Ottawa with 11 assists while left

wing Dany Heatley and center Jason Spezza have collected nine

points apiece.

Monday's matchup marks the second in a four-game, eight-day road

trip for Ottawa.

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