GAME: Ottawa Senators (38-20-9-5) at Minnesota Wild (23-26-20-2).
TIME: Tuesday, 8 p.m. EST.
The Ottawa Senators will look to bounce back from a flat effort when they
take on the Minnesota Wild in the finale of their five-game road trip.
Ottawa, which leads the NHL with 235 goals and is averaging 3.3 per game,
may be feeling the strain of 10 straight days away from home. The Senators
managed a season-low 13 shots in a 3-1 loss to Edmonton on Sunday to drop to
2-2 on the trip.
"We played pretty good in the first, but we knew we didn't have the energy
we had last night," said Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson, referring to his
club's 3-1 win in Vancouver on Saturday. "They played more desperately than
us. For a tired hockey club, you've got to keep it more simple than we did."
Martin Havlat scored the lone goal - his 28th of the season - for the
Senators, who are fourth in the Eastern Conference with 90 points. They are
tied with Toronto for second in the Northeast Division, one point behind
Ottawa has won just four of its last 10 games (4-5-1).
"We have a lot of big games left," said goaltender Patrick Lalime, who
replaced injured Martin Prusek (back spasms) at the start of the third period.
"Everybody is battling for their own reasons. We're in the big race for first
in the conference. Every game is a big game down the stretch."
Lalime should be back in goal for this game, while Alfredsson will be a
game-time decision because of a bruised quadriceps.
Unbeaten in its last five (2-0-3), Minnesota will be trying to even the
all-time series with Ottawa, which leads 2-1-1. The Wild shut out the Senators
last season in Ottawa but have a tie and overtime loss at home.
Right wing Alexander Daigle scored the game-winner and added an assist in
Minnesota's 3-2 victory over Columbus on Sunday. Daigle has 14 goals his most
since scoring 26 with Ottawa in 1996-97.
Left wing Andrew Brunette, who leads Minnesota with 43 points, had an assist
Sunday to extend his point streak to four games, and goalie Manny Fernandez
made 19 saves to record consecutive wins for the first time since Dec. 9 and
The Wild are 11 points out of the final playoff berth in the Western
Conference with 11 games to play.
STANDINGS: Senators - 90 points, 2nd place (tied), 1 PB, Northeast Division.
Wild - 68 points, 5th place, 25 PB, Northwest Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Senators - Marian Hossa, 32 goals and 75 points; Alfredsson,
45 assists; Chris Neil, 166 PIM. Wild - Brunette and Daigle, 14 goals;
Brunette, 29 assists and 43 points; Matt Johnson, 161 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through March 14): Senators - Power play: 22.2 percent (75
for 338), 2nd in NHL. Penalty killing: 83.8 percent (258 for 308), 17th. Wild -
Power play: 12.5 percent (36 for 287), 29th. Penalty killing: 83.9 percent (209
for 249), 15th.
GOALTENDERS: Senators - Lalime (23-20-7, 3 SO, 2.29 GAA); Prusek (14-5-2, 3,
1.91). Wild - Dwayne Roloson (15-16-11, 4, 1.88); Fernandez (8-12-9, 1, 2.51).
2002-03 SEASON SERIES: Wild, 1-0.
LAST MEETING: Feb. 23, 2003; Wild, 3-0. At Ottawa, Roloson stopped 28 shots
for his second shutout in three starts against the Senators, who had not been
shut out at home since a 2-0 loss to New Jersey on Dec. 15, 2001.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Senators - 16-13-4-1 on the road; Wild - 14-13-7-1 at