NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, April 15th
(All times eastern)
Ottawa Senators (51-20-9) at Toronto Maple Leafs (39-32-8), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators continue their quest for the top seed
in the Eastern Conference tonight, as they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs at
Air Canada Centre.
The Senators have 111 points and are tied with Carolina atop the East. Each
team has two games left in the regular season.
Ottawa has had a difficult month, going just 2-4-2 in April. The Sens were
handed an overtime loss by Florida on Thursday. Joe Nieuwendyk scored the
game winner to lead the Panthers to a 5-4 win at Scotiabank Place.
It was the final regular-season home game of the year for Ottawa, which
finished 29-9-3 overall as the host.
Daniel Alfredsson and Mike Fisher both posted a goal and an assist for the
Senators, who have dropped five of six. Jason Spezza and Peter Schaefer added
the other goals, while Michael Morrison made 30 saves.
The Senators will close out the regular season Tuesday evening in the Big
Apple, as they battle the New York Rangers.
The Maple Leafs still have a slim chance at making the playoffs. Toronto is
10th in the Eastern Conference with 86 points and is five points behind Tampa
Bay for the eighth and final postseason berth.
Toronto picked up its third straight win Thursday at the New York Islanders.
Matt Stajan lit the lamp with 1:08 remaining in overtime and also scored in
regulation, as the Leafs picked up a 4-3 win at Nassau Coliseum.
Darcy Tucker and Mats Sundin also scored while Jean-Sebastien Aubin turned
away 23 shots in net for Toronto.
Sundin extended his point streak to 10 games. He has 11 goals and eight
helpers during the run.
The Leafs will travel to Buffalo for a game on Sunday before ending their
regular season slate with Tuesday's home test against Pittsburgh.
Ottawa is a dominant 6-0 against Toronto this season.
04/15 10:18:18 ET