GAME: Ottawa Senators (38-19-9-5) at Edmonton Oilers (28-27-12-4).
TIME: Sunday, 8 p.m. EST.
Fresh off their NHL-record seventh straight overtime game, the Edmonton
Oilers look to inch closer to a playoff spot as they host the Ottawa Senators.
The Oilers lost 4-3 in overtime to the Vancouver Canucks on Friday, earning
a point in their eighth straight game (3-0-2-3).
Edmonton is 10th in the Western Conference, six points behind St. Louis and
Nashville for the final two postseason spots. The Oilers know their penchant
for going into overtime has cost them some much-needed points.
"It's frustrating," forward Shawn Horcoff said. "We needed two points,
and these one-point games aren't doing it for us.
"Time is running out, and we've got to start winning hockey games."
Petr Nedved scored twice Friday for the Oilers, who blew a 3-1 second-period
lead. Nedved has 17 goals this season, including three in six games since
coming to Edmonton in a trade with the New York Rangers.
Sunday's game is the third of a five-game homestand for Edmonton.
The Senators beat the Vancouver Canucks 2-1 on Saturday for their third win
in four games (3-1-0). Daniel Alfredsson scored the game-winner with nine
minutes to play, giving him a point in seven straight games. He has four goals
and seven assists during that stretch.
Marian Hossa also scored for Ottawa, which is fourth in the Eastern
Conference, one point behind first-place Boston in the Northeast Division.
STANDINGS: Senators - 90 points, 2nd place, 1 PB, Northeast Division. Oilers
- 72 points, 4th place, 19 PB, Northwest Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Senators - Hossa, 32 goals and 75 points; Alfredsson, 45
assists; Chris Neil, 166 PIM. Oilers - Ryan Smyth, 20 goals and 52 points;
Smyth and Radek Dvorak, 32 assists; Jason Smith, 96 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through March 12): Senators - Power play: 22.6 percent (75
for 332), 2nd in NHL. Penalty killing: 83.8 percent (253 for 302), 17th. Oilers
- Power play: 12.5 percent (37 for 296), 29th. Penalty killing: 80.2 percent
(251 for 313), 29th.
GOALTENDERS: Senators - Patrick Lalime (23-20-7, 3 SO, 2.30 GAA); Martin
Prusek (14-4-2, 3, 1.82). Oilers - Ty Conklin (11-12-4, 1, 2.44); Jussi
Markkanen (8-13-3, 2, 2.46).
SEASON SERIES: Tied, 0-0-1.
LAST MEETING: Nov. 6; Tie, 3-3. At Ottawa, Hossa scored twice for Ottawa.
Fernando Pisani scored the tying goal at 18:01 of the second period for
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Senators - 16-12-4-1 on the road; Oilers - 17-12-4-2 at