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Preview: Senators at Avalanche

Ottawa seeking sixth straight win; Colorado trying for third in row

by Rick Sadowski / Correspondent

SENATORS (38-22-6) at AVALANCHE (19-44-3)

TV: 7 p.m. ET; CITY, TVA Sports, ALT, NHL.TV


Senators team scope

The Ottawa Senators would tie the Montreal Canadiens for first place in the Atlantic Division with a sixth straight win. The Senators might have to do it without forward Mark Stone, who sustained a lower-body injury Thursday in a 3-2 overtime win against the Arizona Coyotes. The Senators say Stone is questionable; he's their second-leading scorer with 50 points (22 goals, 28 assists) in 63 games (Erik Karlsson has 61 points). Ottawa has outscored its opponents 17-9 in the winning streak and has won the first two of a three-game road trip. Karlsson scored the tying goal in the third period and the overtime goal against the Coyotes. He's the NHL's second-leading scorer among defensemen with 13 goals, 48 assists in 66 games (Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks, 70 points). "Right now, I don't see anybody better around, it's unbelievable," coach Guy Boucher said of Karlsson. "This guy is just gold right now in every aspect of the game. It's very inspiring for everybody." Goalie Craig Anderson will start; he's allowed eight goals in his five-game winning streak and can pass Patrick Lalime for the most wins in Senators history by getting his 147th.


Avalanche team scope

The Colorado Avalanche are seeking their third consecutive win, which would be a season high. Goalie Calvin Pickard will start after making 25 saves Thursday in a 3-2 win against the New Jersey Devils. "We're being positive, celebrating little things," Pickard said. "We've been working hard and playing our game, and when we do that we're going to have success." The Avalanche are 2-1-0 on a four-game homestand and 3-1-0 in the past four at Pepsi Center. "We want to play well in front of our fans," coach Jared Bednar said. "They've been supporting us, and it's been a tough year, but they keep coming out and cheering us on. When we're playing well, you can feel the enthusiasm in the rink, and our guys are conscious of that. We have this homestand here and we want to make the most of it." The Avalanche have scored six goals in the winning streak after scoring two in a four-game losing streak. Colorado is 1-for-27 on the power play in the past 12 games and center Matt Duchene has gone nine games without a point.


Senators projected lineup

Alexandre Burrows -- Derick Brassard -- Tom Pyatt

Mike Hoffman -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Christopher DiDomenico

Ryan Dzingel -- Zack Smith -- Tommy Wingels

Viktor Stalberg -- Chris Kelly -- Phil Varone

Marc Methot -- Erik Karlsson

Dion Phaneuf -- Cody Ceci

Fredrik Claesson -- Chris Wideman

Craig Anderson

Mike Condon

Scratched: Jyrki Jokipakka

Injured: Mark Borowiecki (undisclosed), Clarke MacArthur (concussion), Chris Neil (finger), Bobby Ryan (finger), Mark Stone (lower body), Kyle Turris (finger)

Avalanche projected lineup

Gabriel Landeskog -- Nathan MacKinnon -- Rene Bourque

Sven Andrighetto -- Matt Duchene -- Mikko Rantanen

John Mitchell -- J.T. Compher -- Blake Comeau

Mikhail Grigorenko -- Carl Soderberg -- Matt Nieto

Mark Barberio -- Erik Johnson

Fedor Tyutin -- Tyson Barrie

Francois Beauchemin -- Patrick Wiercioch

Calvin Pickard

Jeremy Smith

Scratched: Joe Colborne, Cody Goloubef

Injured: Semyon Varlamov (hip), Nikita Zadorov (ankle)


Status report

Varone was recalled from Binghamton of the American Hockey League. He has no points in six games with the Senators this season.


Who's hot

Karlsson has six points (three goals, three assists) in the past four games, with 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) in the past 14 games. ... Pageau has five points (three goals, two assists) in a four-game point streak. ... Claesson has three points (one goal, two assists) in the past two games. ... Barrie has four points (one goal, three assists) in the past two games. ... MacKinnon has scored in two consecutive games.

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