The Senators this week

A quick look at the Ottawa Senators’ upcoming games.

MONDAY VS MONTREAL

The Senators kick off another week with a tough match-up against the Eastern Conference-leading (!) Canadiens. The bad news for Ottawa is the Habs are a tidy 6-2-2 in their last last 10 games and 4-1-1 on the road. The good news is that the last time Montreal visited Scotiabank Place, the Senators cruised to a 5-1 win. It was Ottawa’s second game without Jason Spezza, who suffered the first in a long line of injuries to star Senators, and it showed some of the budding resiliency that has kept the team competitive in a tightly-packed East. In their second match-up of the season, the Habs edged the Senators 2-1 at the Bell Centre on the strength of Carey Price’s goaltending and the most atrocious reffing performance this season.
7:30 p.m., TV: RDS, SNET-E
Radio: Team 1200 AM

THURSDAY AT BOSTON

It’s the first game of the season between the Senators and Bruins, who again look poised to walk away with the Northeast Division crown. Although the Bruins trailed the Canadiens by four points prior to Sunday’s contest against Florida, they’d also played four fewer games and had an impressive 10-2-2 record. Tuukka Rask is turning out to be a fine replacement for Stanley Cup-winning goalie and noted libertarian Tim Thomas, who was shipped to the New York Islanders earlier this month after deciding he wanted a year off to do whatever it is Tim Thomas does in his spare time. Rask was sporting a .919 save percentage and 2.05 goals-against average before facing the Panthers. Brad Marchand has nine goals already this season.

7 p.m., TV: SNET-E, TVA
Radio: Team 1200 AM

SATURDAY AT PHILADELPHIA

To borrow a phrase from a movie that came out one year after Mika Zibanejad was born, the Philadelphia Flyers arelike a box of chocolates: You never know what you’re going to get. Is it the group that beat the New York Islanders by a touchdown last week, or the one that dropped a 5-2 decision to the lowly Florida Panthers a few nights later? Although the Flyers are always expected to win now, the future is bright — the oldest player among their top five scorers is 26-year-old Matt Read. Scoring isn’t the problem in Philly right now, it’s the defence and the performance of space philosopher Ilya Bryzgalov, who is sporting a .902 save percentage. At least his $5.66 million cap hit is only on the books until 2020 (gulp).

12 p.m., TV: SNET-E, TVA
Radio: Team 1200 AM

SUNDAY AT NY ISLANDERS

The Islanders are in the same boat as the Flyers when it comes to strengths and weaknesses. John Tavares (12 goals, 11 assists in 23 games prior to Sunday’s tilt against the Carolina Hurricanes) is the elite leader of a squad that sits fifth in the National Hockey League in average goals per game. Goalie Evgeni Nabokov, however, is sporting similar numbers to Russian countryman Bryzgalov. Nabokov is 8-6-1 with a 2.91 goals against average and .903 save percentage. Still, he remains an upgrade over the last Islanders goalie the Senators faced and defeated, Rick DiPietro. After dropping a 3-1 decision to the Senators last week in what may ahve been his last NHL game, he was waived and sent to the AHL with eight years left on his $67.5 million contract.

3 p.m., TV: SNET-E, TVA
Radio: Team 1200 AM

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