NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, November 29th (All times eastern)
Edmonton Oilers (6-12-4) at Ottawa Senators (11-12-1), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators will try to post consecutive victories for the first time in nearly three weeks when they host the Edmonton Oilers tonight at Scotiabank Place.
The Senators picked up a shutout victory over the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, ending a two-game slide and winning for just the second time in seven games.
Ottawa hasn't won two in a row since the end of a four-game winning streak from Nov. 2-9.
The Oilers, meanwhile, kick off a three-game road trip tonight and have won two of their last four on the heels of six-game losing streak.
The Senators have dominated Edmonton in recent years, winning six straight meetings and posting an 8-1 mark with a tie over the last 10 encounters. The Oilers are 0-4 with a tie in their last five trips to Canada's capital city.
Ottawa quieted the rival Maple Leafs on Saturday night, as Brian Elliott stopped 29 shots for his second shutout of the season in the 3-0 victory. Elliott also had a shutout on Nov. 13 in Boston, but he surrendered a total of 14 goals in his three starts in between the two blankings.
Mike Fisher had two goals and an assist while Alex Kovalev finished with a goal and two assists for the Senators, who were coming off Friday's 2-1 loss in Pittsburgh.
"It's not a light switch. You just can't automatically turn it back on and be a good team," said Ottawa head coach Cory Clouston. "It's a little bit of a process to get your team back on track."
The Senators began a four-game homestand against Toronto and Clouston's club is 7-5-0 as the host this season. Next up for Ottawa on the residency is Thursday's meeting with the San Jose Sharks.
The Oilers hosted the Sharks in their last game on Saturday and dropped a 4-3 decision at Rexall Place. Joe Pavelski scored the game-winner for San Jose midway through the third period.
Devan Dubnyk stopped 21-of-25 shots for Edmonton, which has dropped eight of its last 10 games and is last in the Western Conference with just 16 points on the year.
Jim Vandermeer, Shawn Horcoff and Sam Gagner each recorded goals in Saturday's loss.
"It's really a matter of how we play," Vandermeer said. "We've been beating ourselves. No disrespect to the other teams, but every team knows if you don't play well you're not going to win."
The Oilers have played the last two games without winger Ales Hemsky, who has been bothered by a groin injury. Hemsky is second on the team with 15 points (6 goals, 9 assists) and is questionable again tonight.
Edmonton will tour the Northeast Division on its current road trip, making stops in Montreal and Toronto on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. The Oilers are just 3-6-3 as the road team this season.
11/29 10:59:51 ET