NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Friday, December 26th
(All times eastern)
Pittsburgh Penguins (8-18-4-3) at Ottawa Senators (16-10-4-3), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators try to bridge their momentum across
the Christmas break tonight when they welcome the lowly Pittsburgh Penguins to
The Sens are 3-0-1 in their last four and have lost only twice in the month of
December (7-2-2). On Tuesday they skated to a 2-2 tie in Buffalo, as Todd
White and Antoine Vermette scored goals in a 29-second span late in the second
period to help manage the point.
Patrick Lalime made 36 saves for the Senators, who are tied for second place
in the Northeast Division with 39 points -- 10 behind the NHL-leading Toronto
Ottawa, which has won five of its last seven on home ice, will host Atlanta on
Pittsburgh, meanwhile, has lost three straight (0-2-0-1) on the heels of a
two-game winning streak. The Pens are 3-8-1-2 in their last 14 games overall,
and have fallen in nine straight road contests.
On Monday, Ed Olczyk's club dropped a 4-1 contest in Montreal. Sebastien
Caron, who is getting the bulk of the goaltending work with Marc-Andre Fleury
loaned to the Canadian Junior team, made 33 saves for Pittsburgh. Tomas Surovy
scored the lone Penguin goal, as he beat Jose Theodore in the second period to
make it a 2-1 game.
With 23 points the Pens are tied with Columbus for last in the NHL's overall
standings. They are 24 points off the pace of first-place Philadelphia in the
Atlantic Division race.
The Penguins, 2-12-1-3 on the road overall, will open a three-game homestand
Saturday versus New Jersey.
Pittsburgh earned one of its eight victories this season against Ottawa,
posting a 2-1 overtime triumph at the Igloo. The win ended a three-game series
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