NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, March 6th (All times eastern)
Nashville Predators (33-24-8-2) at Ottawa Senators (35-18-9-5), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators try to get back on the winning track this evening, as they host the Nashville Predators at the Corel Centre.
The Senators were dealt a 5-3 setback in Philadelphia on Friday night in a key matchup. Alex Zhamnov posted a goal and an assist to lead Philadelphia in the physical battle between two of the Eastern Conference's top teams.
In the final two minutes there were five all-out brawls and one of the fights involved the two starting goaltenders. The game featured an NHL record 419 penalty minutes, breaking the mark of 406 set in February of 1981 between Minnesota and Boston.
The Flyers have 88 points and remained in a tie with Tampa Bay for the top spot in the East. Ottawa is four points back and locked in a tie for fourth with Boston. The Senators are also just two points behind Toronto for first place in the Northeast Division.
Chris Neil, Zdeno Chara and Peter Bondra netted goals for the Senators, who fell to 1-3-1 in their last five games.
The Senators open a five-game road trip in Washington on Tuesday night.
The Predators, meanwhile, are coming off a lopsided victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday. Dan Hamhuis posted a goal and four assists, as Nashville used a club-record six power-play goals to keep the Penguins winless at home for the 16th straight game with a 9-4 victory at the Igloo.
Adam Hall scored twice and Steve Sullivan tallied a goal and two assists for Nashville, which has won six of its last nine games (6-2-1). David Legwand and Andrew Hutchinson each recorded a goal and an assist, while Marek Zidlicky, Martin Erat and Jordin Tootoo also scored for the Predators.
Tomas Vokoun allowed four goals on 24 shots in the victory.
The Preds, who are shooting for their first-ever playoff berth, bounced back from Wednesday's 5-2 loss in Philadelphia. Nashville, with 76 points, is sixth in the Western Conference -- three behind Dallas and two ahead of Calgary.
Sullivan now has seven goals and nine assists in nine games since being obtained from the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Senators have won five of the last eight meetings with Nashville and the Predators have dropped two straight and three of the last four matchups in Canada's capital city.
03/06 10:23:24 ET