NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Saturday, December 17th (All times eastern)
Toronto Maple Leafs (16-12-3) at Ottawa Senators (22-5-2), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators hope a date with their rivals can get them back on track tonight when they welcome the Toronto Maple Leafs to Corel Centre.
After not suffering through a losing streak for over two months, the Sens have dropped three of their last four games. On Thursday they lost a 2-0 contest to visiting Dallas. Marty Turco made 24 saves for his 23rd career shutout to lead the Stars.
Ray Emery posted 27 saves for the Senators, who failed to earn a point for the first time in six games (3-1-2).
Ottawa, which leads the NHL with 124 goals, was shut out for only the second time this season. The Sens were also blanked on December 1 against Boston.
The Senators lost despite receiving center Jason Spezza back in the lineup after he missed one game with a hip flexor injury. The team remains without defenseman Wade Redden due to a knee injury.
During the past four games, the Senators have spent way too much time killing penalties. They have afforded opponents a total of 35 power plays over that span.
Ottawa will open a three-game road trip on Tuesday in Montreal. The trek will also take the Sens to Philadelphia and Long Island.
The Maple Leafs, meanwhile, hope to win their second straight game on the heels of a three-game skid. On Monday, Alexander Steen and Tomas Kaberle scored second-period power-play goals to lift Toronto over the Mighty Ducks, 3-2, at Air Canada Centre.
Jason Allison and Bryan McCabe tallied two assists apiece and Mikael Tellqvist made 27 saves for Toronto. Kyle Wellwood added an unassisted goal for the Leafs.
Goaltender Ed Belfour (groin) and center Eric Lindros (wrist) both missed Monday's tilt and are questionable for tonight's game.
The Leafs will host the NY Islanders on Monday.
Ottawa is 3-0 against Toronto this season, having outscored the Maple Leafs by a 17-7 combined margin.
12/17 10:16:29 ET