NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, January 18th
(All times eastern)
Vancouver Canucks (26-19-1) at Ottawa Senators (27-19-2), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - A pair of resurgent teams will take the ice this evening at
Ottawa's Scotiabank Place, where the Senators attempt to push their season-
high win streak to six games in a matchup with the Vancouver Canucks.
Ottawa kept up its winning ways, as well as its recent scoring explosion, with
Tuesday's 5-2 home victory over Washington. Mike Comrie netted a pair of goals
for the Senators, while Daniel Alfredsson and Peter Schaefer each scored once
and assisted on another.
The Senators improved to 10-1-1 over their last 12 games and have piled up 30
goals during this five-game win streak, tallying at least five times in each
of those outings.
Ottawa has also won four straight and seven of its last nine as the host. The
club is 13-10-1 on home ice this season.
Alfredsson was credited with the game-winning goal for the fourth consecutive
game, becoming only the second player to do so in NHL history. Newsy Lalonde
of the Montreal Canadiens had five straight game-winners during February of
The Ottawa captain has amassed 14 points (five goals, nine assists) during a
current five-game scoring streak and has recorded a goal in each of those
contests. Linemate Dany Heatley (five goals, seven assists) is also on a five-
game run, while defenseman Wade Redden has compiled two goals and eight
assists during a seven-game tear.
Vancouver has vaulted to the front of the topsy-turvy Northwest Division by
winning nine of its 10 most recent games, including the first two of the
club's current four-game road trip. The Canucks lead second-place Calgary by
one point and Minnesota by two in the crowded division.
On Tuesday, Vancouver received another stellar performance from All-Star
goaltender Roberto Luongo, who stopped all 30 shots he faced in the Canucks'
4-0 win at slumping Montreal.
Luongo has posted a 2.16 goals-against average and an outstanding .935 save
percentage over Vancouver's last 10 games.
Ryan Kesler had a goal and two assists to lead the Canucks' offense, while Jan
Bulis and Josh Green each registered a goal and one assist on the night.
Vancouver, which is 11-11-1 on the road, concludes the trek Friday in Buffalo.
The Canucks won the only meeting between these teams last season, a 3-2
shootout decision in Vancouver, and three of the last four in the series.
01/18 10:41:41 ET