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Saturday, December 5th
(All times eastern)
Ottawa Senators (13-9-4) at Phoenix Coyotes (16-11-1), 10 p.m.
(Sports Network) - Ottawa hasn't won a road game in over a month, but a trip
to Phoenix could be what the club needs to end that slide. The Senators will
try for their sixth straight defeat of the Coyotes tonight at Jobing.com
Ottawa comes to the desert having lost six straight on the road, which
includes the first three contests of its current five-game swing. The Senators
last win away from home came on October 28 versus Florida, and they are just
3-6-1 as the road team this year.
The Sens latest defeat came in Los Angeles on Thursday, a 6-3 setback. Mike
Fisher scored a pair of goals and Jonathan Cheechoo also lit the lamp in
Ottawa's fourth loss in five games overall.
Brian Elliott turned aside only 18-of-24 shots in defeat.
"At times we beat ourselves. We made a couple of mistakes," said head coach
Cory Clouston. "A couple of penalties that were unnecessary and [the Kings]
jumped on their chances. We need a couple saves and, to me, that was the
The Senators, whose five-game swing ends in Anaheim on Sunday, also lost
defenseman Alex Picard in the first period with an upper-body injury. He is
questionable for tonight.
Ottawa, though, has won two straight and three of its last four in Phoenix to
go along with its five-game series win streak. The Senators haven't lost to
the Coyotes since a 3-2 road defeat on March 9, 2002.
The Sens are 5-2 with a tie in the eight meetings in Phoenix.
The Coyotes are coming off Thursday's 2-1 victory over the Flames. Petr Prucha
scored his first goal in 19 games before Taylor Pyatt netted the game-winning
tally late in the third period.
Ilya Bryzgalov turned aside 28-of-29 shots in Phoenix's third straight win,
both overall and at home.
"The first two or three minutes it seemed like it took us a few minutes to get
up to speed or recognize the speed that they were going to play. We figured
out that we'd better play at that speed, too, or we were going to be in
trouble," said Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett.
Phoenix, which is 9-5-0 at home this year, was without both Peter Mueller
(upper body) and Ed Jovanovski (lower body) for a second straight game due to
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