NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Thursday, October 19th
(All times eastern)
Colorado Avalanche (2-2-2) at Ottawa Senators (2-3-0), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Colorado Avalanche continue their eastern Canadian road
trip tonight when they visit the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place.
On Wednesday the Avs opened the trek with a 4-1 win in Toronto. John-Michael
Liles scored two goals to spark the victory at Air Canada Centre. Ian
Laperriere and Tyler Arnason added two assists apiece.
Peter Budaj made 27 saves for the Avalanche, who ended a two-game losing skid
with the decision.
Liles, who tallied 14 goals last season from the blueline, tallied his first
two markers of 2006-07.
Arnason, meanwhile, has been a key contributor in the early going after
signing as a free agent over the summer. He played his way out of Chicago last
year and did next to nothing in Ottawa after getting dealt at the trade
deadline. This season he leads the Avalanche with six points so far (2g, 4a).
Colorado will visit Montreal on Saturday.
Ottawa, meanwhile, ended a three-game slide with Saturday's 3-2 shootout win
in Montreal. Antoine Vermette and Mike Fisher tallied the only goals of the
shootout to lift the Sens.
Vermette opened the shootout by slipping a backhander through the legs of
Cristobal Huet. Ray Emery then stopped two Montreal shooters and Fisher sealed
the win for the Sens after firing a snap shot past Huet.
Denis Hamel and Chris Kelly scored in regulation for the Senators, who ended a
three-game losing streak. Emery finished with 23 saves for Ottawa in his
second straight start between the pipes.
Emery has been solid when in there, while free agent acquisition Martin Gerber
has struggled. Gerber has a 3.78 goals-against average and .878 save
percentage in three starts.
Ottawa, which has lost all three of its games at home, will host New Jersey on
Ottawa is 3-0-1 in the last four meetings with Colorado. The Avs have gone
0-5-1 in their last six trips to the Canadian capital, dating back to January
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