NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Monday, January 16th
(All times eastern)
Ottawa Senators (30-10-3) at Minnesota Wild (20-20-4), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators will try to win back-to-back games for
the first time in 2006, as they visit the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy
The Sens were in action Saturday night in Edmonton and earned a 5-3 victory.
Vaclav Varada netted two goals to lead Ottawa over the Oilers at Rexall Place.
Dany Heatley, Antoine Vermette and Peter Schaefer all scored for the Senators,
who haven't picked up consecutive victories since winning four in a row from
Dominik Hasek made 23 saves in the victory for Ottawa.
The Senators, who lead the Northeast Division with 63 points, are 13-6-3 on
the road this season.
Meanwhile, the Wild have stumbled out to a slow start in their seven-game
homestand. Minnesota has lost three of four so far in the stretch, including a
pair of losses in the last two contests.
The latest setback came Saturday against the first-place Calgary Flames, who
earned a 4-1 win behind a goal and two assists from Kristian Huselius. The
Flames lead the Northwest Division with 57 points -- 13 ahead of Minnesota.
Defenseman Kurtis Foster scored the lone goal for the Wild, while Manny
Fernandez allowed three goals on 22 shots in defeat.
Minnesota is 12-9-1 at home this season and still have tests against Toronto
and Chicago on the stand.
This is the first and only meeting of the season between these teams.
Minnesota has won the last two matchups and Ottawa hasn't picked up a win in
the series since March 12, 2002.
01/16 10:18:27 ET