The Ottawa Senators and St. Louis Blues currently are in the thick of their respective conference's playoff race, though both teams have been struggling of late.
The Senators have had it especially rough.
Ottawa looks to avoid a seven-game losing streak by earning its sixth straight home victory over St. Louis when the teams meet Tuesday night.
The Senators (27-21-7) went 10-1-1 from Dec. 30-Jan. 19 to help climb toward the top of the Eastern Conference, but a recent scoring drought has left them clinging to one of the final postseason spots.
Ottawa fell 5-0 to Toronto on Saturday and is in the midst of its longest skid since going 0-9-2 from Jan. 14-Feb. 9, 2011. It has been outscored 20-8 while going 1 for 15 on the power play during the losing streak.
"Right now we're in a down point and it's just a matter of how quick we can turn this thing around,'' said Jason Spezza, who has a team-high 50 points despite not earning one during the skid. "We've still got ourselves in the c...