NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, November 10th (All times eastern)
Edmonton Oilers (8-8-1) at Ottawa Senators (7-5-2), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Oilers used their power-play to snap a losing streak over the weekend. The Senators' inability to kill off penalties, meanwhile, extended their losing ways last time out.
Edmonton will try to win back-to-back road games for the first time this year in a city where it hasn't won since 2002, as it visits Ottawa and Scotiabank Place.
The Oilers kicked off a five-game road trip on Sunday in Colorado and handed the Avalanche their first home loss of the season with a 5-3 triumph. Edmonton netted four power-play goals in the contest to snap a three-game slide and win for just the second time in eight games (2-6-0) following a 6-2-1 start to the season.
Edmonton, which had scored just three goals over its three-game skid, improved to 2-5-0 on the road, snapping a four-game slide as the guest and winning on the road for the first time since October 12 in Nashville.
One of two players recalled from Springfield of the American Hockey League on Saturday, Ryan Potulny had the game-winning power-play marker in the third period and added an assist versus the Avs. Potulny was recalled along with Liam Reddox because of injuries to Ales Hemsky (shoulder), Shawn Horcoff (shoulder) and Jean-Francois Jacques (back).
Ladislav Smid, meanwhile, is battling flu-like symptoms for the second time this season, having early been diagnosed with swine flu.
Dustin Penner and Tom Gilbert also had a goal and an assist on Sunday, Andrew Cogliano and Mike Comrie also scored and Nikolai Khabibulin made 34 saves
"We were working it around good [on the power play]," Potulny said. "That was the key -- just to get the puck and move it quick. You can't hold it. Once you hold it, someone is going to jump on you."
Edmonton is currently ranked sixth on the power play at 23.5 percent and faces a Senators club that is 10th on the penalty kill at 82.1 percent. That number took a hit on Saturday, when Ottawa yielded three power-play goals to New Jersey in a 3-2 setback.
Milan Michalek and Brian Lee had the goals for Ottawa, which has lost five of its last seven (2-3-2) and fell to 1-2-0 on a four-game homestand. The Senators are 4-3-2 as the host overall this season.
"We've got to be more disciplined. We're taking some penalties we shouldn't be taking at the wrong times of the game," forward Mike Fisher said. "We had a good lead, we were playing pretty well. It just hurts the momentum, you've got to kill penalties. It gives the other team some confidence. We beat ourselves [Saturday], it's frustrating."
Pascal Leclaire let in all three goals on 25 shots in the setback. He is 1-2-2 with a 3.44 goals-against average versus the Oilers in his career.
Khabibulin is 5-8-0 with a pair of ties and 3.31 GAA against the Senators.
The Oilers haven't beaten the Sens on the road since March 14, 2002, going 0-2-1 with a tie in four visits since. Ottawa has won four in a row versus Edmonton overall, including a pair of matchups last season.
11/10 10:45:02 ET