NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, December 2nd (All times eastern)
Los Angeles Kings (16-9-1) at Ottawa Senators (19-4-0), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators hope to rebound from being shut out tonight when they welcome the Los Angeles Kings to the Corel Centre.
Ottawa was blanked for the first time this season on Thursday, falling 3-0 to the new-look Bruins. The setback ended the Sens' six-game winning streak. Marco Sturm shined in his Boston debut with a goal and an assist, and rookie Hannu Toivonen earned his first career shutout to lift the Bruins.
Dominik Hasek allowed three goals on 24 shots for Ottawa, which had gone 11-1 during the month of November.
Dany Heatley's season-opening streak of 22 consecutive games with at least one point was stopped. He fell one shy of tying Wayne Gretzky's record for the most consecutive games with a point from the start of a player's tenure with a team.
The Senators, who are 11-2-0 on home ice, will begin a four-game road trip Monday in Florida.
Los Angeles, meanwhile, has lost two consecutive games. On Wednesday the Kings dropped a 3-2 tilt in Chicago. Kyle Calder scored two power-play goals to help lead the Blackhawks.
Eric Belanger and Pavol Demitra scored for the Kings, who have lost two straight games for the first time this season. Goaltender Mathieu Garon made 32 saves in defeat.
The Kings, who are 6-5-1 on the road, will visit Montreal on Saturday.
LA defeated Ottawa in their lone meeting during the 2003-04 season and is unbeaten (five wins, one tie) in the last six clashes overall.
The Kings have won in their last three trips to Ottawa.
12/02 10:15:28 ET