NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, December 27th
(All times eastern)
Ottawa Senators (12-15-5) at Calgary Flames (19-11-4), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators begin the western part of their eight-
game road trip tonight, as they visit the Calgary Flames and Pengrowth
Ottawa kicked off its longest road trip of the season on Tuesday in
Philadelphia, where it dropped a 6-4 contest. The Senators now head out west,
as they are set to visit Calgary, Vancouver and Edmonton to close out 2008.
The Senators are just 3-9-2 on the road this season after Tuesday's loss. Alex
Auld continued to struggle, allowing five goals on 31 shots in Ottawa's third
loss in its last four games. Auld is 0-3-1 over his last four starts with a
4.67 goals against average.
Dany Heatley scored twice, including once in the third period, as he and Chris
Phillips lit the lamp to erase a two-goal deficit before Philadelphia netted
the next two goals. Heatley also added an assist, while Nick Foligno scored
before leaving the game with a facial laceration.
Anton Volchenkov also left due to a cut to his face and both he and Foligno
are questionable for tonight's game. Filip Kuba, who leads Ottawa defenseman
with 22 points, missed the Philadelphia game and is out for tonight due to a
Despite leaving Ottawa's previous game due to an upper-body injury, Daniel
Alfredsson had two assists, as did Jason Spezza.
The Flames have picked up points in the first two contests of their current
five-game homestand. After a 3-2 overtime loss to Chicago, Calgary notched a
4-3 win over Anaheim on Tuesday.
Mark Giordano and Mike Cammalleri both had a goal and an assist, with David
Moss also scoring. Brett Sutter, a 2005 sixth-round pick and son of Flames
general manager Darryl Sutter, made his NHL debut and scored.
Miikka Kiprusoff stopped 30 shots in the win for the Flames, their third in
Calgary, which leads Vancouver by one point for first place in the Northwest
Division, will also host Minnesota and Edmonton on this stand and is 10-4-3 as
the home club this year.
Kiprusoff has never lost to the Senators in his career, going 3-0-0 with a
2.19 goals against average. Auld, meanwhile, is 5-3-2 all-time versus the
Flames with a 2.45 GAA.
Calgary has won three straight games against the Senators, although the clubs
last met on October 12, 2006 when the Flames notched a 1-0 decision in Ottawa.
Tonight's test will also be the first meeting between the clubs at the
Saddledome since Calgary notched an overtime victory on December 10, 2005. The
Flames have won two straight on home ice against Ottawa.
12/27 11:08:25 ET