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Sliding Senators searching for offense

Montreal (10-5-2) at Ottawa (6-9-3), 7:30 p.m. EST

OTTAWA (Ticker) -- The Ottawa Senators' once-potent offense has

been pretty dormant.

Ottawa is hoping for a stronger attack as it looks to snap a

five-game losing streak when it hosts the Montreal Canadiens on

Thursday.

The Senators led the league with 258 goals last season, one year

after finishing second in the league in scoring. Ottawa also

had the highest-scoring offense during the 2003-04 and 2005-06

campaigns as well.

This season, the Senators rank 29th in scoring, averaging 2.33

goals per game.

Ottawa has tallied five times during its recent skid, which

includes Monday's 2-1 shootout loss to the New York Rangers. It

was the first loss beyond regulation during the slide for the

Senators, who misfired on all three shootout attempts.

Montreal has also struggled of late, going 2-4-1 in its last

seven. The Canadiens have tallied five goals over their last

four games.

Robert Lang scored the lone goal in Montreal's 2-1 loss to the

Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday. His tally 67 seconds into the

second period snapped an 0-for-25 stretch on the power play for

the Canadiens.

Montreal blanked Ottawa, 4-0, in the first meeting between the

teams on November 11.

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