NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, December 6th
(All times eastern)
Pittsburgh Penguins (15-6-4) at Ottawa Senators (9-10-4), 2 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators will aim for their fourth win in five
games when they welcome the Pittsburgh Penguins for this afternoon's matchup
at Scotiabank Place.
Today's encounter marks the first time the Senators and Penguins have met
since they began the NHL season with a pair of games in Stockholm, Sweden on
October 4 and 5. The teams split the series with Pittsburgh winning the opener
in overtime and the Sens taking a 3-1 victory in the finale.
Ottawa has won four of the last five matchups in the series against the Pens.
The Senators are currently last in the Northeast Division, but have won three
of four games on the heels of a season-high six-game losing streak.
Ottawa began the surge by winning back-to-back tests over the New York Rangers
and Toronto and after losing to the New York Islanders last Saturday, the Sens
answered with Wednesday's 5-1 decision over visiting Atlanta.
Dany Heatley registered a goal and two assists to lift the Senators to the
easy victory over the Thrashers.
Daniel Alfredsson and Brendan Bell both added a goal and an assist in the win.
Jason Spezza and Shean Donovan also tallied, while Filip Kuba collected two
Alex Auld, making his ninth straight start, had 22 saves for Ottawa. Auld is
8-6-3 with a .927 save percentage and a 1.96 goals against average in 17
starts this year. He is 4-1 with a 2.01 GAA in five career outings against the
Ottawa is 6-5-2 as the host this year and is playing the middle test of a
three-game homestand today. The Sens will wrap the residency Monday against
The Penguins have won two of their last three contests and are 10-2-2 since
the start of November. Pittsburgh is now within four points of the Rangers for
first place in the Atlantic Division, but lost a shootout decision in New York
Pittsburgh was able to rebound from the loss to the Rangers, as it posted a
5-2 victory at Carolina on Thursday. Sidney Crosby assisted on four of
Pittsburgh's five goals, as the Penguins easily defeated the Hurricanes.
Crosby extended his point streak to five games and has a whopping 14 points (6
goals, 8 assists) in those tests.
Petr Sykora scored twice, while Evgeni Malkin had two helpers for Pittsburgh,
which has won three of five. Pascal Dupuis, Miroslav Satan and Ruslan
Fedotenko all scored in the win, while Dany Sabourin saved 34 shots in his
first back-to-back starts of the season.
Sabourin continues to hold down the No. 1 goaltender spot while franchise
backstop Marc-Andre Fleury recovers from an undisclosed injury. Fleury has
missed the last eight games with the ailment, but Sabourin has down an
admirable job with a 3-1-2 record in starting seven games since the injury. It
is still uncertain as to when Fleury will be able to return to game action.
The Pens received some additional injury news Friday, when they placed forward
Tyler Kennedy on injured reserve with a sprained knee. Kennedy, who has six
goals and nine assists this year, will miss the next four-to-six weeks.
Pittsburgh is 8-3-2 as the visiting team this year and is closing a three-game
road trip tonight.
12/06 10:30:13 ET