SENATORS (11-14-1) at FLAMES (12-12-4)
7 p.m. ET; SN360, CITY, SNW, TVAS, NHL.TV
David Rittich is expected to make his sixth straight start and NHL-leading 23rd when the Calgary Flames host the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday.
Rittich is 11-7-4 with a 2.76 goals-against average and .913 save percentage for the Flames, 2-0-1 in their past three games following a six-game losing streak (0-5-1).
Geoff Ward will be behind the Calgary bench for the first time after being named coach to replace Bill Peters, who resigned Friday, three days after the NHL and Flames announced they were investigating a claim Peters directed a racial slur at a player while coaching in the American Hockey League during the 2009-10 season.
Ward, who had been Calgary associate coach, filled in for Peters in a 3-2 overtime win at the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday.
The Senators have lost three straight, outscored 10-3, after going 5-1-0 in their previous six games.
Goalie Marcus Hogberg could start for Ottawa after Anders Nilsson made 28 saves in a 7-2 loss at the Minnesota Wild on Friday.
Players to watch
Senators forward Brady Tkachuk has four points (three goals, one assist) in his past six games.
Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk has three points (one goal, two assists) in his past two games and 11 points (seven goals, four assists) in 11 home games this season.
They said it
"I think everybody in this room knows what we need to do to win games, or at least be in games. I'm looking forward to seeing how we respond." -- Senators defenseman Dylan DeMelo
"Sometimes adversity that goes on, it's got to bring you closer together and right now we're trying to keep the energy up in the dressing room and obviously on the ice, too, and move forward. That starts with Ottawa." -- Flames center Sean Monahan
Senators projected lineup
Brady Tkachuk -- Logan Brown -- Anthony Duclair
Nick Paul -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Colin White
Vladislav Namestnikov -- Artem Anisimov -- Connor Brown
Filip Chlapik -- Chris Tierney -- J.C. Beaudin
Thomas Chabot -- Ron Hainsey
Mark Borowiecki -- Nikita Zaitsev
Erik Brannstrom -- Dylan DeMelo
Scratched: J.C. Beaudin, Mikkel Boedker, Maxime Lajoie
Injured: Scott Sabourin (nose), Cody Goloubef (undisclosed), Craig Anderson (undisclosed)
Flames projected lineup
Johnny Gaudreau -- Sean Monahan -- Elias Lindholm
Matthew Tkachuk -- Mikael Backlund -- Andrew Mangiapane
Milan Lucic -- Derek Ryan -- Dillon Dube
Tobias Rieder -- Mark Jankowski -- Michael Frolik
Mark Giordano -- TJ Brodie
Noah Hanifin -- Rasmus Andersson
Oliver Kylington -- Michael Stone
Scratched: Alexander Yelesin, Zac Rinaldo
Injured: Sam Bennett (upper body), Austin Czarnik (lower body), Travis Hamonic (lower body)
Neither team held a morning skate. …Czarnik and Hamonic each practiced with the Flames on Friday, but Ward did not have an update on their availability.
Pageau has 10 goals in November, three from tying the Ottawa record for goals in one month (Daniel Alfredsson, 13, November 2005). …Gaudreau has three assists in his past nine games. … Monahan will play in his 500th NHL game.