NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Tuesday, January 6th
(All times eastern)
Tampa Bay Lightning (16-14-6-1) at Ottawa Senators (20-10-5-3), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators try to push their unbeaten streak to 10
games tonight when they welcome the Tampa Bay Lightning to the Corel Centre.
The Senators have won their last four games, including a 5-2 victory over the
Washington Capitals on Saturday night. Daniel Alfredsson scored two third-
period goals to lift red-hot Ottawa.
Bryan Smolinski added two goals while Chris Neil also lit the lamp for the
Senators, who are 7-0-2 in their last nine games. Martin Prusek stopped 14
shots in the win.
The Senators played without winger Martin Havlat after he was suspended two
games by the NHL for kicking Islanders' defenseman Eric Cairns during last
Thursday's contest. He will also sit out tonight's tilt.
With 48 points, the Sens trail first-place Toronto by seven in the Northeast
Ottawa, 6-0-1 in its last seven home tilts, plays the final test of a three-
game stand tonight.
Meanwhile, Fredrik Modin recorded a natural hat trick to lead the Lightning to
a 6-1 pasting of the Philadelphia Flyers at the St. Pete Times Forum on
Ruslan Fedotenko recorded a goal and an assist, while Vincent Lecavalier and
Ben Clymer also lit the lamp for the Lightning. Nikolai Khabibulin only had to
make 18 saves in the win, as Tampa won for the first time in four games
In five of their previous seven games, the Lightning had been limited to one
goal or less. In this one, after allowing the first goal, they scored the
Tampa now trails first-place Atlanta by just four in the Southeast Division
race. The Lightning, 1-4-1 in its last six road games, begin a five-game swing
The Lightning have dropped two straight and are just 2-12-1 in the last 15
meetings with Ottawa. The Senators have also beaten Tampa Bay in 11 of the
last 12 meetings at the Corel Centre.
01/06 10:26:48 ET