NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Tuesday, November 6th
(All times eastern)
Toronto Maple Leafs (6-6-3) at Ottawa Senators (12-1-0), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators will try to continue their amazing
start to the season tonight, when they welcome the rival Toronto Maple Leafs
to Scotiabank Place.
The Senators are 12-1-0 on the year and have won seven straight contests.
Ottawa is off to the franchise's best-ever start to a season and can set a
club record for the longest winning streak with another victory tonight.
Ottawa recently swept Boston in a home-and-home series and capped the set with
Sunday's dramatic triumph in Beantown.
Daniel Alfredsson scored the deciding goal in the shootout and Martin Gerber
stopped both Boston chances, as Ottawa clipped the Bruins, 2-1, at TD
Alfredsson beat Tim Thomas with a short-side wrister to begin the round. After
Chuck Kobasew missed on the Bruins' first chance, Antoine Vermette slipped a
backhander through Thomas' pads. Gerber then prevented Phil Kessel's try to
extend the shootout by stopping his chance with a right-pad save.
Vermette also tallied in regulation for the Senators, and Gerber stopped 21-
of-22 shots en route to winning his ninth game of the season.
Ottawa was without its franchise centerman Jason Spezza for Sunday's game in
Boston. Spezza, who has one goal and 12 assists in 10 games this year, is
questionable again this evening with a slight groin pull.
The Senators, who are 7-1-0 as the host this season, are beginning a four-game
homestand tonight. Ottawa will also welcome Washington, Montreal and Buffalo
to Scotiabank Place during the stretch.
Meanwhile, the Maple Leafs have won three of their last four contests and are
coming off Saturday's dramatic win over the archrival Montreal Canadiens.
The Leafs scored the 3-2 victory in Montreal thanks to Matt Stajan's goal with
1:34 left in regulation. Tomas Kaberle and Mats Sundin also scored for the
Maple Leafs, who halted a two-game losing streak and also won for the third
time in five tests,
Alexei Ponikarovsky added two assists and Vesa Toskala made 32 stops for the
The Leafs are expected to witness the season debuts of forwards Mark Bell and
Kyle Wellwood tonight. Bell is finished serving a 15-game suspension for a
drunk driving incident from last September.
Bell was acquired from San Jose in the same trade that brought Toskala to
Wellwood has been sidelined since undergoing surgery prior to the season to
repair a sports hernia injury. The 24-year-old centerman notched 42 points (12
goals, 30 assists) in 48 games with Toronto last season.
Tonight marks the third segment of a four-game road trip for Toronto, which
is 3-2-1 as the visiting team this year. The Leafs will complete the swing in
Buffalo on Friday night.
Ottawa is already 2-0 against the Leafs this season and has taken three of
four and six of the last eight meetings in the series. Toronto has also tasted
defeat in two straight, three of four and seven of its last nine trips to
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