NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Monday, February 6th
(All times eastern)
Pittsburgh Penguins (12-32-11) at Ottawa Senators (35-12-5), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators try to end their current funk tonight
when they welcome the lowly Pittsburgh Penguins to Scotiabank Place.
Ottawa has lost three of its last four tilts, with the only win in that time
coming in the form of Thursday's 7-2 pounding of the Penguins.
On Saturday the Senators dropped a 2-1 tilt in Buffalo via shootout. Ryan
Miller made 28 saves and turned aside all three skaters he faced in the
shootout to anchor the Sabres, who cut the Sens' lead atop the Northeast
Division to just four points.
Bryan Smolinski scored Ottawa's lone goal and Dominik Hasek made 26 saves for
Ottawa did not convert either of its two power play chances on Saturday, after
going 3-for-9 in Thursday's blowout against the Penguins.
The Senators enter Monday's action five points behind Carolina for the best
record in the Eastern Conference and the NHL as a whole.
Ottawa, which is 20-5-1 on home ice, will visit the NY Rangers on Wednesday.
Pittsburgh, meanwhile, has lost its last five games. On Saturday the Pens
dropped a 5-4 shootout tilt to the visiting Islanders. Miroslav Satan
registered a hat trick and scored in the shootout to spark the Islanders.
Mark Recchi and Richard Jackman tallied a goal and assist apiece and Marc-
Andre Fleury stopped 25 shots for Pittsburgh, which has lost 15 of its last 16
contests. Sidney Crosby and Tomas Surovy also scored for the Pens.
Crosby returned to the lineup after missing Thursday's loss to Ottawa with the
flu. He netted his club-leading 26th goal of the season.
Pittsburgh, which is 5-17-5 on the road, will host Boston on Wednesday.
The Senators are 3-0-1 (1 tie) in the last four meetings with the Pens.
Pittsburgh is 0-2-1 (2 losses, 1 tie) in its last three trips to the Canadian
02/06 10:51:16 ET