(UPDATE- 1:58 PM)- Paul MacLean spoke with the media after practice this afternoon and suggested it’s unlikely Zibanejad plays tomorrow, assuming Alfredsson is ready to go. Zack Smith, Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson were all just maintenance days today and are expected to play. Craig Anderson will get the start in the Ottawa goal.
While they ended up falling short on Sunday night, the Ottawa Senators showed they could hang with one of Eastern Conference elite.
Both Craig Anderson and Marc Andre Fleury were sharp through sixty minutes of regulation but in the shootout Neal, Crosby and Malkin all beat Anderson to give the Penguins the extra point in a 2-1 final.
After a disappointing loss on Friday night where they let a lead slip away, the Ottawa Senators will look to get back on track on home ice.
The Sens will face their toughest test of the season though as Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the rest of the Pittsburgh Penguins visit Scotiabank Place for a 5:00 PM start. Craig Anderson will get the start for the Senators while the Penguins are expected to counter with Marc Andre Fleury.
After three consecutive impressive victories to open the season, the Ottawa Senators get set for their toughest test of the season tonight in Tampa Bay.
Not only is Ottawa playing a second game in as many nights but Tampa’s roster features the likes of Steven Stamkos, Martin St. Louis and Vinny Lecavalier. The Senators will have to be sharp if they hope to stretch their winning streak to four games to start the 2013 season.
It was a little closer than the game played back at Scotiabank Place on Monday night but the end result was the same, another Senators win over the Florida Panthers.
Chris Phillips, Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza provided the offence and Craig Anderson was lights out in goal for the third straight outing. With Anderson playing the way he is right now, this is a tough team to beat, having now outscored their opponents 11-2 through three games.
The Ottawa Senators will look to build off consecutive strong performances to start their season when they play a second straight game against the Florida Panthers.
The Senators have outscored their opponents by an 8-1 margin through the first two games of the season and have received offensive contributions from all four of their forward lines. They’ll be looking for more of the same tonight in Sunrise.
As Bryan Murray continues his search for blueline help, the current crop of blueliners have performed admirably through the team's first two games.
While the Sens GM readily admits he could use an additional defenceman to slide into the team's top two pairings, he has to like what he's seen from the six defenceman Paul MacLean has used to start the 2013 season.
As the Ottawa Senators get set to head South to take on the Panthers and Lightning, they have made a decision on the crowded crease.
Despite dressing as a backup to Craig Anderson in the team’s first two games, the Sens have sent Robin Lehner back to Binghamton of the American Hockey League. With Anderson playing so well out of the gate, the team needs to make sure Lehner is playing and he can do that in Bingo.
You would be hard pressed to draw up a more perfect home opener for the Ottawa Senators.
Paul MacLean's team was in control of this from the moment the puck dropped at Scotiabank Place on Monday night. Kyle Turris scored twice, and Jim O'Brien and Jakub Silfverber each pitched in with one as the Sens dominated the Florida Panthers from start to finish.
The last time the Ottawa Senators stepped on home ice, it was in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
After more than 270 days, the Sens finally return to the friendly confines of Scotiabank Place as they play their home opener in the 2013 season. There will be a couple familiar faces providing the opposition as Alex Kovalev, Filip Kuba and the rest of the Florida Panthers roll into town.