NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, December 28th (All times eastern)
Atlanta Thrashers (19-14-3-1) at Ottawa Senators (16-10-5-3), 2 p.m.
(Sports Network) - A pair of streaking squads meet up Sunday in Ottawa, when the Senators host the Southeast-leading Atlanta Thrashers at the Corel Centre.
Ottawa is unbeaten (3-0-2) in its last five games, including a 3-3 tie with the Pittsburgh Penguins Friday night. Zdeno Chara scored his eighth goal of the season late in the third period to force overtime and help Ottawa salvage a point. Chara has scored five power-play goals.
Todd White and Jason Spezza also scored for the Senators, who are 11 points behind Toronto for first place in the Northeast Division. White extended his goal streak to three games.
Patrick Lalime registered eight saves for Ottawa, which set a franchise record by allowing just 10 shots on goal in regulation.
Atlanta posted a 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night, pushing its win streak to three. Pasi Nurminen made 34 saves to pace the Thrashers to the victory.
Randy Robitaille, J.P. Vigier and Shawn McEachern lit the lamp for the first- place Thrashers, who lead the second place Lightning by six points in the Southeast Division.
The Thrashers have now defeated Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Tampa Bay on the heels of a three-game losing streak which saw them get shut out in every game.
Before Friday's game, Atlanta Thrashers All-Star forward Dany Heatley spoke publicly for the first time since his September car crash that killed teammate Dan Snyder. Heatley, who suffered numerous injuries including torn knee ligaments and a broken jaw in the wreck, fought back tears several times as he spoke about the loss of his friend at the arena just three hours before the game.
The Senators have won both meetings between these teams this season -- both of which have been in Atlanta. In fact, Ottawa is unbeaten (5-0-1) in its last six meetings with the Thrashers. Atlanta has lost its last two trips to Ottawa.
12/28 10:12:47 ET