Senators focus on ending slide with match against Penguins
|The Senators look to end their losing streak when they visit Evgeni Malkin, left, Sidney Crosby, right, and the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight. Photo: H. How/Getty Images/NHLI|
by Todd Anderson
The Ottawa Senators will look to end their losing streak tonight when they visit the Pittsburgh Penguins.
"I think the way we've been going results-wise, it's important for us to get a win on this road trip and certainly tonight would be a nice night for it to happen," said Senators head coach Bryan Murray after today's pre-game skate. "We know it's going to be a competitive situation, and they create a lot of offence."
Murray sees the Penguins as a team on the rise in the NHL.
"When you (draft) first and you get guys like (Sidney) Crosby, (Evgeni) Malkin and (Marc-André) Fleury, and people of that nature, there's a time in their lives when they are going to be awfully good and important players to the franchise. Obviously, it's the start of this franchise going back up again. They have their core group, and now it's a matter of them playing and getting a (support) group built around them."
Confident with his club's play in the past couple of games, Murray hopes the players can get some bounces in their direction that will lead to victory tonight.
"Really, on this road trip we could've won both hockey games," Murray said. "We found a way to lose them unfortunately. We now have to play well again and put us in the same position in the third period for us to win.
Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson agrees that his team is on the right track.
"We just have to keep improving, keep getting better. We're doing a lot of good things and maybe that's where the focus should be. We know we're in a tough spot, but if we can come out and get some momentum, I think we will be on a different streak."
No lineup changes are expected for Ottawa tonight, but Murray will make his final decision after each player skates in the pre-game warm-up.
Sens goaltender Ray Emery's MRI scan on his left forearm showed that his injury isn't serious. Emery is expected to resume skating with the club this weekend, but won't play in either game.
Senators have five players listed on all-star ballot
Fans will be able to vote for five Ottawa Senators players to play in this season's NHL all-star game.
Defencemen Wade Redden and Chris Phillips, as well as forwards Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza, made the list of names released by the NHL for the COLD-fX/NHL All-Star Fan Balloting, Presented by 2K Sports, which opens Nov. 15. For more information, click here.