NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Thursday, December 14th
(All times eastern)
Ottawa Senators (16-15-1) at Nashville Predators (19-8-3), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Nashville Predators try to build on their recaptured
momentum tonight when they host the Ottawa Senators at Gaylord Entertainment
Nashville has won two of its last three games after losing three straight. On
Tuesday, David Legwand lit the lamp with 2:45 remaining in regulation to lift
the Predators over the Edmonton Oilers, 3-2, in the Music City.
Vernon Fiddler and Alexander Radulov also scored for the Predators, while
Chris Mason came up big late and finished with 38 saves on the night.
Mason continues to fill in for the injured Tomas Vokoun, who remains out with
torn ligaments in his left thumb.
The Predators could receive some reinforcements tonight, as both Steve
Sullivan (groin) and Jason Arnott (knee) are nearing returns.
Nashville, which is 7-1-3 at home, will host St. Louis on Saturday.
Ottawa, meanwhile, ended a three-game slide on Tuesday. Jason Spezza scored
two goals and extended his point streak to 10 games, while Ray Emery made 43
saves in a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena.
Spezza now has eight goals and seven assists during his current tear.
Ottawa was once again without defenseman Wade Redden (shoulder) and captain
Daniel Alfredsson (hip). Redden will remain on the shelf, while Alfredsson is
The Senators will visit Buffalo on Saturday to end a four-game road trip.
Ottawa and Nashville last played each other on March 6, 2004 -- a 4-2 Senators
win in Canada. The home team has won the last five meetings between the clubs.
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