Sens shoot for three straight

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 1:18 PM ET

The Senators can hit the road on a high note if they can knock off the Florida Panthers tonight at Scotiabank Place.

While the Senators have won four out of their last five games, tonight gives the team a chance to accomplish something it has not done all season; earn a third straight victory.

Coming off a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday at home, the Senators can also move their record to one game over .500 by knocking off the Panthers. After tonight's game, Ottawa players pack their bags for a quick two-game road trip to Chicago and Washington.

"This group has played harder together and more like a team," said coach Craig Hartsburg this morning at the game-day skate. "Obviously, some people's games have really picked up. We have to continue. We have to move forward. We've got a big week ahead of us."

Defensively, the club's play has improved dramatically.

"Players are playing with good structure ... they're competing hard without the puck and competing hard defensively," said Hartsburg. "We've been better with the puck. When you hold onto the puck and make smart plays with it to protect it, you end up having the puck more.

"That's the best way to play defence."

Goaltender Alex Auld will make his 11th straight start in the Ottawa net.

Centre Dean McAmmond isn't ready to return from the flu.


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