CHICAGO -- Since blowing out the Detroit Red Wings 6-1 last week at Joe Louis Arena, the Ottawa Senators have only scored three combined goals in a pair of losses at home to the Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks.
Looking for a spark offensively, Senators coach Paul MacLean is set to reunite forward Bobby Ryan and captain Jason Spezza on the top line while putting 20-year old Mika Zibanejad in Ryan's former spot at right wing on the second unit.
Spezza (seven goals, four assists) and Ryan (six goals, three assists) are Ottawa's top-two scorers, while Zibanejad has a goal and an assist in three games since being recalled from Binghamton of the American Hockey League.
"We played together earlier in the year and I was banged up a little bit," Spezza said. "So we'll get another opportunity to play together and hopefully we'll make the most of it. If we're going to play together, we have to help guide the team offensively. When we're split up, it's a little bit more by committee. We have to try to be good together offensively and also play solid against the other teams' top lines."
GLENDALE Ariz. -- For a number of reasons, Martin Hanzal's two-game suspension could not have come at a worse time for the Phoenix Coyotes as they host the Los Angeles Kings at Jobing.com Arena on Tuesday.
Hanzal, a repeat offender under the NHL's disciplinary system, will miss the game against the Kings and Thursday against the Nashville Predators after charging Edmonton Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry in a 5-4 comeback victory on Saturday.
The Coyotes are banged up and Hanzal is one of four regulars who will miss the game. Forwards Lauri Korpikoski and Jeff Halpern are injured, as well as defenseman Rostislav Klesla. The two-game break might actually be beneficial to Hanzal, who has been banged up for more than a week himself, but the Coyotes will certainly miss him.
Gagner has yet to play a game this season after breaking his jaw during the preseason, courtesy of the stick of Vancouver Canucks wing Zack Kassian. Gagner needed surgery to repair the damage done after Kassian's stick caught the Oilers center in the face.
Kassian received a five-game suspension for the Sept. 21 incident, while Gagner missed the first 13 games of the regular season.
As we celebrate the fact that the 2014 Sochi Olympics are just 100 days away, NHL Live brings Brian Leetch into the studio. One of the most-decorated international players to ever wear a sweater for the United States, Leetch will discuss his Olympic memories, as well as his new duties with the NHL's Department of Player Safety.
As always, NHL Live also has the NHL action from a busy Tuesday covered as well. Thomas Vanek will make his debut for the New York Islanders in their game against the New York Rangers. Arthur Staple of Newsday will break it down during an Arena Cam hit from the Nassau Coliseum. Other Arena Cam guests include NHL.com's Dan Rosen from the Prudential Center and Eddie Olczyk from the United Center. Rosen will preview the Tampa Bay Lightning-New Jersey Devils game, as well as provide a sneak peek of his Wednesday notebook on NHL.com, Over the Boards.
ST. LOUIS -- When St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock spoke in regards to two injuries that occurred during the team's 6-1 win Saturday against the Nashville Predators, he was concerned about them being long-term.
Two days later, the injury news wasn't as bad as initially thought and one of the players, Chris Stewart, will be in the lineup when the Blues (6-1-2) host the Winnipeg Jets (5-6-2) on Tuesday night at Scottrade Center.
The Montreal-area native who has begun his NHL career with 11 goals in 18 games will play his first game in his hometown, with more than 50 family and friends expected to attend the game against the Montreal Canadiens.
"When we start the season there are always a couple of dates we circle, and tonight's going to be a memorable night for me," Chiasson said. "When the plane landed last night I was a little nervous. I didn't sleep much last night."
PHILADELPHIA -- Mathieu Perreault sat out the Anaheim Ducks' game Sunday against the Columbus Blue Jackets with a sore left wrist, but after going through a full practice for the second straight day Tuesday, he'll be back in the lineup Tuesday night when the Ducks face the Philadelphia Flyers.
Getting the chance to play on a line with Teemu Selanne certainly speeds up the healing process.
Perreault will center the Ducks' second line with Emerson Etem on the left side and Selanne, the likely Hall of Famer playing his final NHL season, on the right side.
"It's been great," Perreaut said. "Hall-of-Fame guy. He's been unreal to play with. So far for me it's been really good playing with him."
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We have no doubt how he can play. You don't, with four teams that are left, you're not getting here without good goaltending. All great goalies left, and [Bishop] is a top-tier goaltender in this league and he's shown it.