GAME: Ottawa Senators (27-13-7-3) at Phoenix Coyotes (18-16-13-2).
TIME: Thursday, 9 p.m. EST.
The Ottawa Senators can earn a share of the top spot in the Eastern
Conference as they continue a three-game road trip against the Phoenix Coyotes
at Glendale Arena.
The Senators are two points behind Eastern Conference-leading Philadelphia,
which is idle until it travels to Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Ottawa, which captured last season's President's Trophy, could have moved
into a tie with the Flyers on Wednesday, but lost 5-3 at Dallas after blowing a
The loss snapped a three-game win streak for the Senators, but was just
their third defeat in the last 21 games (14-3-4).
Ottawa leads the NHL with 170 goals this season, and owns the league's
second-best power-play unit behind Colorado.
Martin Havlat and Wade Redden both scored on the man-advantage Wednesday,
giving the Senators at least one power-play goal in 12 of their last 13 games.
Marian Hossa, Ottawa's leading scorer, had two assists against the Stars.
The All-Star defenseman has nine points in his last four games.
The Coyotes are coming off a 2-1 home loss to Calgary on Tuesday. Daymond
Langkow had the lone goal for Phoenix, which has just two wins in its last
eight games (2-4-2).
It was the second goal in as many nights for Langkow, who has five points in
his last six games.
The Coyotes have lost four of their last five meetings with the Senators.