GAME: Chicago Blackhawks (7-15-6-3) at Ottawa Senators (13-10-3-3).
TIME: Thursday, 7:30 p.m. EST.
The Chicago Blackhawks look to snap their longest road losing streak in 15
years when they visit the Ottawa Senators.
Chicago lost 1-0 at Dallas on Friday, and then skated to a 1-1 tie at home
with the Stars on Sunday to fall to 1-10-3-3 in its last 17 games overall.
The road defeat to the Stars extended the Blackhawks' losing streak to nine
away from home (0-8-0-1). Chicago hasn't dropped 10 in a row on the road since
losing 12 straight from Nov. 19, 1988-Jan. 12, 1989.
The Blackhawks lost a team-record 16 straight road games in the 1953-54
Chicago is tied with the Carolina Hurricanes for last in the NHL in scoring,
averaging 1.87 goals. The Blackhawks have scored just 12 times in their last
"This league is so tight right now," Blackhawks defenseman Nathan Dempsey
said. "It's just such a fine line in this league and we've just been on the
wrong side of it the past couple of weeks."
Following this contest, Chicago visits one of the best home teams in the NHL
when they take on the Detroit Red Wings on Friday.
Ottawa lost for just the second time in its last seven games Saturday,
falling 3-2 at home to the Boston Bruins. The Senators fell to 1-11 in one-goal
games this season.
"The key for us is to find a way to win these tight games," Senators
captain Daniel Alfredsson said.
"There are a lot of nights we seem to come up just short. It's so
frustrating when you don't win games like this against a division rival."
Ottawa could be without forward Vaclav Varada and defenseman Brian Pothier
after both suffered injuries in the loss to Boston. Varada had to be helped off
the ice by teammates after he hurt his left leg, and Pothier injured his head
when he was checked to the ice.
The Blackhawks have won three of the last four meetings with the Senators,
including two straight in Ottawa.