Senators look to bounce back against Leafs

The last time the Ottawa Senators faced the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Place, the result was an ugly one for the home side.

Senators look to bounce back against Leafs
Nazem Kadri #43 of the Toronto Maple Leafs celebrates his second goal of the game with teammates Jay McClement #11, Mikhail Grabovski #84 and Colton Orr #28, during an NHL game Ottawa Senators, at Scotiabank Place, on March 30, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

The last time the Ottawa Senators faced the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Place, the result was an ugly one for the home side.

Nazem Kadri had a hat trick and James Reimer stopped 31 shots as the Buds steamrolled the Senators 4-0.

It was the first loss in what would become a five-game run of futility for the Senators, who saw their grip on a playoff spot slip.

Four straight wins have erased any doubt they’ll wind up qualifying for the postseason now, but they’d surely like to close out their season series with the Leafs on a high note.

Captain Daniel Alfredsson said the Senators want keep the positive streak going.

“It’s an important game, the way the standings are, it seems most teams that are in the hunt are winning and, you know, we’re going to have to continue to do the same thing.”

The only lineup change has brawler Matt Kassian coming entering the lineup and Guillaume Latendresse exiting.

Coach Paul MacLean said there was an obvious need to add Kassian, given the Leafs’ “exuberance” in the fisticuffs department.

Craig Anderson will get the start in goal.

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