The Senators will look to continue their balanced scoring when they welcome the Florida Panthers to the Corel Centre.
Twelve different players have scored, including eight with at least two goals, as the Senators have raced toward the top of the Northeast, a division they have won three of the last five seasons.
“It’s easier on the individuals when the scoring is spread throughout the team,” said Hossa, who finished with a team- and career-high 45 goals last season.
Prusek is expected to start against Florida.
The Panthers’ starter in goal is unknown following an ugly 5-1 loss in Philadelphia on Wednesday, Florida’s second defeat in the last three games.
“We are hurting mentally,” Panthers center Olli Jokinen said. “If you aren’t ready to play, it’s tough to pick it up after that.”
Luongo probably deserved a better fate, considering he came in having stopped 267 of a league-high 282 shots—a stellar .947 save percentage—in eight games.
Viktor Kozlov has at least one point in four straight games.
STANDINGS (through Oct. 28): Panthers - 8 points, 3rd place (tied), 5 PB, Southeast Division. Senators - 11 points, 2nd place (tied), 3 PB, Northeast Division.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through Oct. 28): Panthers - Power play: 8.3 percent (3 for 36), 28th in NHL. Penalty killing: 90.4 percent (47 for 52), 5th. Senators - Power play: 30.3 percent (10 for 33), 2nd. Penalty killing: 79.1 percent (34 for 43), 26th.
GOALTENDERS: Panthers - Luongo (2-5-2, 0 SO, 2.06 GAA); Shields (1-0-0, 2.70). Senators - Lalime (5-1-0, 1, 1.49); Prusek (0-1-0, 0, 4.00).
2002-03 SEASON SERIES: Senators, 3-1.
LAST MEETING: March 22; Senators, 3-1. At Florida, Hossa scored the winning goal with 36.7 seconds left as the Senators clinched the Northeast title.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Panthers - 2-3-1-0 on the road; Senators - 2-0-0-1 at home.