NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Sunday, March 14th
(All times eastern)
Ottawa Senators (38-19-9-5) at Edmonton Oilers (28-27-12-4), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - With the Northeast Division title and the top seed in the
East still up for grabs, the Ottawa Senators will need to remain focused when
they battle the Edmonton Oilers this evening at Rexall Place.
The Senators are just one point behind Boston in the Northeast Division and
only five points back of conference leader Tampa Bay. However, Ottawa is only
two points ahead of fifth place Toronto.
Ottawa has won three of its last four games, including a 2-1 victory over the
Vancouver Canucks at GM Place on Saturday night. Daniel Alfredsson scored
midway through the third period to give Ottawa the lead for good in the
Marian Hossa also scored for the Senators, while Martin Prusek turned aside
19-of-20 shots for the win. Prusek is 14-4-2 between the pipes this season.
The Senators are 10-4-2-1 in their last 17 contests.
Ottawa, which is in the midst of a five-game road trip, has lost four of its
last six road tilts. On the year, the Senators are 16-12-4-1 in foreign
The Oilers dropped a 4-3 overtime decision to the Vancouver Canucks Friday
night at Rexall Place. Petr Nedved scored a pair of goals for Edmonton, which
extended its NHL record with its seventh consecutive overtime game. Eric
Brewer earned assists on both of Nedved's goals.
The Oilers are 2-0-2-3 in their last seven and have pulled within five points
of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
Jussi Markkanen finished with 20 saves for Edmonton in the loss. Markkanen is
now 8-13-3 between the pipes this season.
Adam Oates notched an assist on Nedved's second goal to record his 1,414th
career point, tying him with Doug Gilmour for 13th on the all-time list. Shawn
Horcoff opened the scoring for the Oilers, who've played an NHL-record seven
straight overtime games.
Prior to Edmonton's overtime streak, which began with a Feb. 29 loss in
Dallas, the NHL record for consecutive overtime tilts was five, accomplished
eight times by seven teams.
Winger Ales Hemsky was a healthy scratch for the Oilers and center Mike York
sat out his second consecutive contest due to a finger injury. It is unknown
if the duo will see the ice tonight.
Edmonton is 5-0-1-2 in its last eight home contests. For the year, the Oilers
are 17-12-4-2 in their friendly confines.
Ottawa is unbeaten (2-0-1) in the last three meetings with the Oilers.
However, Edmonton is 5-1-2 in its last eight trips to Ottawa.
03/14 10:17:26 ET