GAME: Ottawa Senators (10-8-2-3) at Florida Panthers (9-13-4-0).
TIME: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. EST.
The Ottawa Senators look to win consecutive games for the first time in
almost a month, and try for their sixth straight road victory over the Florida
Panthers when the teams meet for the second time this season.
Ottawa opened the season with five wins in its first seven games, but has
managed to win just five of 16 games since -- a stretch that started with a 3-2
home loss to Florida on Oct. 30.
The Senators snapped a two-game losing streak, and won for just the third
time in nine games with a 4-1 victory over Philadelphia on Monday, ending the
Flyers' 12-game unbeaten streak.
Ottawa is now looking to win two straight for the first time since Nov.
11-13, and is trying for its sixth straight victory in Florida since a 3-1 loss
on Oct. 28, 2000.
Against the Flyers, Ottawa scored the first goal in a game for the first
time since Nov. 3 when Martin Havlat netted the first of his two scores in the
contest at 2:28 of the second period.
"We haven't been starting very well," Senators center Shaun Van Allen.
"We're always behind the 8-ball, and you have to put so much energy just to
come back and tie. It's so much easier for the team that scores first."
Ottawa concludes its two-game trip through Florida with a matchup against
the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.
The Panthers' winless skid reached 0-1-2 on Saturday when they ended a
two-game trip with a 1-1 tie against Montreal. After Canadiens defenseman Craig
Rivet went off for holding at 17:43 of the third period, Viktor Kozlov scored
with 1:11 left to lift Florida to the tie.
The Panthers had blown third-period leads in each of their last two games.
"That's the point of playing in this league -- playing until the end," said
Kozlov, who is tied with Olli Jokinen for the team lead with 16 points.
Florida continues its four-game homestand with a matchup against Atlanta on