NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, December 7th (All times eastern)
Ottawa Senators (17-7-3) at Dallas Stars (15-10-4), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Now that their longest losing streak in over a decade is over, the Ottawa Senators will shoot for a second straight win when they visit the Dallas Stars tonight at American Airlines Center.
The Senators had dropped seven straight contests (0-4-3) for the franchise's worst skid since another seven-game slide from February 22 to March 9, 1996. However, Ottawa ended the drought Wednesday evening with a close victory in Florida.
Randy Robitaille scored twice to help the Sens down the Panthers, 5-4, at the BankAtlantic Center. It was Ottawa's first triumph since November 19 at Montreal.
Jason Spezza, Mike Fisher and Nick Foligno all registered a goal and an assist for the Senators. Daniel Alfredsson and Joe Corvo each recorded two assists and Ray Emery made 21 saves, also stopping a penalty shot, to earn the win.
Spezza has remained hot even through the team's struggles, and now has registered a point in nine consecutive games. He has four goals and 12 assists during the run.
Despite the lengthy losing streak, Ottawa is still first in the Eastern Conference with 37 points on the year and currently holds a five-point lead over Boston for the top spot in the Northeast Division.
The Sens, who are 7-2-2 as the visiting club this year, are playing the third segment of a five-game road trip tonight. They will complete the swing with games in Carolina and Pittsburgh.
Meanwhile, the Stars will try to get back on track tonight after dropping a close home game to San Jose on Wednesday. Joe Thornton had the go-ahead goal and added two assists, as the Sharks edged Dallas, 3-2, at American Airlines Center.
Mike Modano and Trevor Daley both scored while Marty Turco stopped 25 shots for Dallas, which had won eight of 10 coming into Wednesday's tilt.
The Stars now hold just a two-point lead over San Jose for first place in the Pacific Division.
Tonight marks the second test in a four-game homestand for the Stars, who are 7-4-2 as the host this year. They will also welcome Edmonton and Los Angeles before the residency ends.
The Stars have won two straight and three of the last four contests against Ottawa. The Sens have also been defeated in their previous two stops in Dallas.
12/07 10:30:37 ET