After an ugly shutout loss in Carolina on Friday night, the Ottawa Senators look to get back on track against a Montreal team that played and won yesterday afternoon.
The Sens caught a break the last time these teams played but won't be so lucky this time around. Peter Budaj got the start on Wednesday night back in Ottawa but it'll be Carey Price that gets the nod this time around.
Fans of the Ottawa Senators got an ugly reminder of just how difficult things can be without Jason Spezza.
Eric Staal was the only Hurricane to score on the night but it was enough to earn the W as the Senators struggled to generate offence against Dan Ellis and the rest of a defensively sound home side. The end result- a 1-0 loss at the hands of the Carolina Hurricanes.
While they’ve already been without him for a couple games, the Sens officially begin life without Jason Spezza tonight in Raleigh.
With Spezza set to undergo back surgery today and a rehab of at least two months ahead of him, the Sens are going to have to get used to playing without their number one centre. Tonight's test comes in Raleigh, North Carolina when they take on Eric Staal and the rest of the Carolina Hurricanes.
(UPDATE 11:02 AM )- Bryan Murray has provided an update on the status of the team’s number one centre. As speculated, Jason Spezza will have back surgery for a herniated disc and there is no immediate time frame for his return. Murray is hopeful he would be back in time for playoffs.
After an impressive come from behind victory over the Washington Capitals last night, the Senators are right back at it tonight when they host the Montreal Canadiens.
Unfortunately for the Sens, they will again be without top centre Jason Spezza as he continues to nurse an undisclosed upper body injury. They do catch a bit of a break though as the Canadiens are expected to rest Carey Price tonight in favour of the back up Peter Budaj.
After a blown lead on Friday and a shootout loss Sunday, the Ottawa Senators will try to get back on track against a struggling Washington Capitals team.
While the Caps have stumbled out of the gate, they did pick up their first win against the Sabres on Sunday and boast a lineup that includes the likes of Nicklas Backstrom, Mike Green and Alex Ovechkin. Should be a good one in front of another packed rink at Scotiabank Place.
(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.