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Reeling Sens set to host Coyotes

by Brian Compton
COYOTES (2-2-3) at SENATORS (2-5-1)


Season Series: This is the lone meeting between the teams this season. They last faced each other on Dec. 5, 2009, when Phoenix earned a 3-2 victory against the Sens at Arena. Ilya Bryzgalov made 26 saves in the win.

Big Story: Both teams are off to sluggish starts this season, although Phoenix was able to muster a point on Monday night in a 3-2 overtime loss at Montreal. Ottawa also recently played the Canadiens and suffered a 3-0 defeat at Scotiabank Place on Saturday.

Team Scope:

Coyotes: Derek Morris erased a 2-1 deficit in the third period to ultimately force overtime, but the Coyotes failed to earn a second point in the standings when Andrei Kostitsyn beat Bryzgalov 1:25 into overtime.

Phoenix has not won in Montreal since a 5-4 victory on Oct. 28, 1996 in their first game at the Bell Centre.

"We found a way to lose the game again tonight," said Bryzgalov, who was outstanding with 26 saves, including one on a Mike Cammalleri breakaway in the third. "We've had three overtime games and we've lost them all."

Senators: One night after earning a 4-2 win at Buffalo, the Sens were blanked on home ice Saturday night by Carey Price and the Canadiens. Brian Elliott stopped 31 shots for Ottawa, which was without center Jason Spezza due to a groin injury. Spezza has missed back-to-back games.

"We looked a little bit tired," Senators coach Cory Clouston said. "We didn't have the jump that we had last night and they came hard on us and our defense couldn't handle some of the pressure at times."

Who's Hot: Kyle Turris notched his third goal of the season Monday night. All three of those tallies have come in the last two games. … Sens captain Daniel Alfredsson leads the team with eight points (4 goals, 4 assists).

Injury Report: Coyotes captain Shane Doan will return Tuesday night after serving a three-game suspension. Martin Hanzal is out 1-2 weeks with a lower-body injury. … For the Senators, Spezza hopes to return to the lineup Tuesday or Thursday against Florida, while goalie Pascal Leclaire (groin) is out indefinitely. Filip Kuba isn't expected to return from a broken leg until next month.

Stat Pack: Sens forward Alexei Kovalev is still searching for his first goal. He has one assist and a minus-5 rating.

Puck Drop: "It was terrible to have an effort like this at home, coming from a big win. We don't get off to a good start at all, they get all the pressure on us and we can't really generate much of a forecheck ... we get behind the eight-ball from the beginning. We kind of worked ourselves into the game a bit, but overall, not good enough." -- Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson after Saturday's 3-0 loss to Montreal
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