NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Tuesday, November 25th (All times eastern)
Ottawa Senators (8-7-2-2) at Atlanta Thrashers (11-7-3-1), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Atlanta Thrashers try to extend their franchise-long winning streak tonight when they welcome the Ottawa Senators to Philips Arena.
The Thrashers won their fourth straight game on Sunday, as Marc Savard returned and scored the wining goal in Atlanta's 1-0 win over the Phoenix Coyotes. Pasi Nurminen was outstanding between the pipes and made 21 saves for his second shutout of the season
Nurminen made seven stops in the first period, six in the second and turned aside eight in the third for Atlanta, which is tied for the Southeast Division lead with Tampa Bay at 26 points. Randy Robitaille assisted on the goal.
After a scoreless first period, Savard lit the lamp at the 8:26 mark of the second for a 1-0 lead. Robitaille blasted a shot from the left faceoff circle and Savard was in front to deflect the puck over Brian Boucher's stick.
Savard, who was activated from injured reserve prior to the game, had been expected to miss 8-to-10 weeks with torn ligaments in his left ankle, but returned to action exactly three weeks to the date of the injury. He was injured in a November 2 game against San Jose.
Atlanta, which improved to 6-2-2-0 at home this season, will be playing the second leg of a four-game stand tonight.
At the other end of the spectrum are the Senators, who suffered their fourth loss in five games on Sunday when they were routed 6-2 by the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
Patrick Lalime made 16 saves, but gave up all six goals as Ottawa slipped to 3-6-2-1 in its last 12 games. Daniel Alfredsson had a goal and an assist for the Sens, who were playing their third game in four nights.
After reaching the Eastern Conference finals last season, Ottawa is 8-7-2-2 on the season and tied with the Montreal Canadiens for last place in the Northeast Division.
The Senators, who will be trying to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season, are 4-3-0-1 on the road.
Ottawa defeated the Thrashers earlier in the campaign and is unbeaten in the last five matchups (4-0-1), while outscoring Atlanta 24-9 in that span. The Senators are also 6-2-1 in their last nine trips to Dixie.
11/25 15:32:29 ET