NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, February 14th
(All times eastern)
Ottawa Senators (20-25-8) at Minnesota Wild (28-23-3), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators will attempt to win four straight games
for the first time in over a year tonight, when they visit the Minnesota Wild
and Xcel Energy Center.
Ottawa played the second game of a five-contest road trip on Thursday,
notching a 5-2 win in Philadelphia. The victory was the Senators' fourth in
their last six on the road, where they are 8-16-3 this season.
Dany Heatley scored twice for his fifth two-goal game of the season, while
Jason Spezza and Antoine Vermette each had a goal and an assist. Nick Foligno
also scored for the Senators, who began their season-best three-game winning
streak with a home-and-home sweep of Buffalo.
Brian Elliott stood tall between the pipes and made 34 saves for an Ottawa
club that hasn't won four straight games since January 4-12 of last year.
Despite their current winning streak, the Senators are still last in the
Northwest Division with 48 points and are 16 points out of a playoff spot.
Still, Ottawa is now 3-1-1 under head coach Cory Clouston, who replaced Craig
Hartsburg on February 2 after a 17-24-7 start.
Ottawa, which has won its last two versus the Wild, will visit Minnesota for
the first time since a 6-1 victory on January 16, 2006. The Senators posted a
5-3 home win when the clubs last met on November 20, 2006.
Heatley has four goals and two assists in five career games versus the Wild.
After going 3-1-0 on a recent homestand, the Wild hit the road on Thursday to
battle the Red Wings, but left Detroit with a 4-2 loss. Minnesota returns home
for three straight starting tonight and is 17-10-3 as the host this year.
Brent Burns had a power-play tally in the loss and Mikko Koivu netted a short-
handed goal for the Wild, who lost for just the second time in their last six
games. Koivu's goal was his 53rd point of the season, leaving him just one shy
of the career-best 54 he totaled over 82 games in 2006-07. He has five goals
and 11 assists over his last 14 games.
Antti Miettinen assisted on both goals in Thursday's loss, while Josh Harding
made 39 saves in defeat.
The Wild, who will also host Calgary and Detroit over the next week, are tied
with Columbus for eighth in the Western Conference with 59 points each.
02/14 10:58:35 ET