Reeling Sens set to host Coyotes
Tuesday, 10.26.2010 / 7:30 PM
NHL.comCOYOTES (2-2-3) at SENATORS (2-5-1)
: RIS, SNET-E.
: This is the lone meeting between the teams this season. They last faced each other on Dec. 5, 2009, when Phoenix earned a 3-2 victory against the Sens at Jobing.com Arena. Ilya Bryzgalov made 26 saves in the win.
: Both teams are off to sluggish starts this season, although Phoenix was able to muster a point on Monday night in a 3-2 overtime loss at Montreal. Ottawa also recently played the Canadiens and suffered a 3-0 defeat at Scotiabank Place on Saturday.
: Derek Morris erased a 2-1 deficit in the third period to ultimately force overtime, but the Coyotes failed to earn a second point in the standings when Andrei Kostitsyn beat Bryzgalov 1:25 into overtime.
Phoenix has not won in Montreal since a 5-4 victory on Oct. 28, 1996, in its first game at the Bell Centre.
"We found a way to lose the game again tonight," said Bryzgalov, who was outstanding with 26 saves, including one on a Mike Cammalleri breakaway in the third. "We've had three overtime games and we've lost them all."
: One night after earning a 4-2 win at Buffalo, the Sens were blanked on home ice Saturday evening by Carey Price and the Canadiens. Brian Elliott
stopped 31 shots for Ottawa, which was without centre Jason Spezza
due to a groin injury. Spezza has missed back-to-back games.
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"We looked a little bit tired," Senators head coach Cory Clouston said. "We didn't have the jump that we had last night and they came hard on us and our defence couldn't handle some of the pressure at times."
: Kyle Turris notched his third goal of the season Monday night. All three of those tallies have come in the last two games … Sens captain Daniel Alfredsson
leads the team with eight points (four goals, four assists).
: Coyotes captain Shane Doan will return Tuesday night after serving a three-game suspension. Martin Hanzal is out 1-2 weeks with a lower-body injury … For the Senators, Spezza is out again tonight but hopes to return to the lineup Thursday against Florida, while goalie Pascal Leclaire
(groin) is out indefinitely. Filip Kuba
isn't expected to return from a broken leg until early next month.
: Sens forward Alexei Kovalev
is still searching for his first goal. He has one assist and a minus-5 rating.
: "It was terrible to have an effort like this at home, coming from a big win. We don't get off to a good start at all, they get all the pressure on us and we can't really generate much of a forecheck ... we get behind the eight-ball from the beginning. We kind of worked ourselves into the game a bit but overall, not good enough." -- Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson after Saturday's 3-0 loss to Montreal