Calgary Flames at Ottawa Senators on Jan. 15, 2011

The Ottawa Senators finally snapped a six-game losing streak with a win against the Islanders Thursday night, but they don’t have long to savour it.

THE STORY: The Ottawa Senators finally snapped a six-game losing streak with a win against the Islanders Thursday night, but they don’t have long to savour it. The Calgary Flames have been sitting in Ottawa waiting for them, looking to jump on a team that should be tired in the second of back-to-back games. Can the Senators muster the energy to string a couple of wins together?

THE SUBPLOTS: Now that the Senators are basically eliminated from the playoffs, it’s time to see what they have in their organization. They saw a couple of firsts in the Isles win: Robin Lehner picked up his first NHL win in goal, while Corey Locke notched his first NHL assist. As such, they’ve both earned at least another game or two with the big club.

THE WILDCARD: Peter Regin, Senators. The grinders came through for the Senators on Long Island, as Jesse Winchester, Chris Kelly, Zack Smith and Matt Carkner all had multi-point games. Now imagine if Regin could pitch in here and there. He was one of only two Ottawa forwards who didn’t register a point in that game (Ryan Shannon was the other).

THE OPPONENT: The Flames are like Ottawa West, a veteran team that has underachieved all year. They’re 14th in the Western Conference, their playoff hopes are dead and they’ve already dumped their general manager this season. Making matters worse, all-world goalie Mikka Kiprusoff has looked downright ordinary and can’t be counted on to bail his team out like he used to.

THE QUOTE: “Any win right now is a good win for us. I liked how we won the game. I thought we came out the way we wanted to. I thought we showed resiliency, which we hadn’t been able to do in the past little while.” — Senators coach Cory Clouston on his team’s sustained effort through 60 minutes on Long Island. Expect him to keep the same lineup against Calgary.

THE SICK BAY: Senators — G Pascal Leclaire (lower body, day-to-day), C Jason Spezza (shoulder, indefinite), RW Alex Kovalev (knee, one week). Flames — D Steve Staios (ribs), C Mitch Wahl (shoulder), LW Raitis Ivanans (concussion), C Daymond Langkow (neck), D John Negrin (shoulder), C Ryan Stone (knee).

THE PREDICTION: The Senators finally looked like they had some energy and enthusiasm against the Islanders, and I think that will carry over at home against the struggling Flames. Robin Lehner wasn’t great, but he won. Corey Locke didn’t dominate, but he did pick up a point. The difference between guys like that and some of the crusty veterans is they don’t realize or care how deep of a hole this team is in. They just want to keep playing in the NHL and will do anything they can to stay. Senators 3, Flames 2. Click here to see who the rest of our prediction panel likes in this one.

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