The Senators this week

A look at Ottawa Senators games coming up over the next seven days.

The Senators this week
Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky gloves a shot in the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

TUESDAY AT COLUMBUS

The Columbus Blue Jackets’ move to the Eastern Conference hasn’t been as smooth as everyone predicted. After 13 games, they’re 5-8-0 and sitting tied for sixth in Metropolitan Division. Fortunately for them, the Metro is turning out to be about as tough as the former Southleast, so there’s time to turn things around. One factor dogging Columbus: Last year’s Vezina Trophy winner, Sergei Bobrovsky, has been merely human this season. The first Russian to be named the NHL’s best goaltender accomplished the feat with a 21-11-6 record, .932 save percentage and 2.00 goals-against average in 2013. This season? A respectable 2.79 and .910. Respectable isn’t good enough for a team that sits 19th in the league in goals per game, however.

7 p.m., TV: Sportsnet-East, Radio: TSN 1200 AM

THURSDAY VS MONTREAL

Last season’s first-round playoff foe makes its first visit to Canadian Tire Centre. With the Senators already trailing the post-season pack in the Atlantic Division by five points prior to Sunday’s slate of games, this is an important four-point contest early in the campaign. For the second straight game, the Senators will be facing the recipient of a major NHL award — this time defending Norris winner P.K. Subban. Subban hasn’t slowed a bit, leading the Canadiens with 14 points, including 11 assists. The Habs have few weaknesses early on. They’re 15th in goals per game, fourth in goals-against average, second on the power play and eighth on the penalty kill. Pretty safe to assume the Senators won’t be running them over like they did last spring.

7 p.m., TV: CBC, RDS. Radio: TSN 1200 AM

SATURDAY VS FLORIDA

The Panthers are the Bizarro Habs right now — they’re struggling in each of the aforementioned areas, the worst being their 28th place standing in goals-against average. But Ottawa beware: There’s a chance Senators killer Tim Thomas could be back in time for this game (he’s currently on IR with a leg injury). In the past, Thomas has credited the lighting at Canadian Tire Centre and clean Canadian air for his success here, so it would behoove arena management to reach for the dimmer switch if he’s ready to go. Thomas is 23-9 lifetime against the Senators with six shutouts and a .937 save percentage. If they’re lucky, they’ll draw one of Scott Clemmensen (0-0-1 .889 this season) or Jacob Markstrom (1-5-1, .881) instead. This is a game Ottawa has to have.

2 p.m., TV: Sportsnet-East, TVA. Radio: TSN 1200 AM

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