The Senators this week

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

The Senators this week
Daniel Alfredsson #11 of the Detroit Red Wings celebrates after scoring a second period goal with teammate Pavel Datsyuk #13 during the game against the New York Rangers at Joe Louis Arena on October 26, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

TUESDAY AT PHILADELPHIA

Revenge is a dish best served cold, preferably on a giant sheet of ice. Payback will be on the Senators’ minds when they head to Philly one week after getting smoked 5-0 by these same Flyers at Canadian Tire Centre. Philadelphia started the season by losing seven of its first eight games, which may have contributed to the Senators underestimating the squad. That shouldn’t be a problem this time around. In addition to the CTC pasting, the Flyers appear to be picking up steam. They’ve won three of four and, against all odds, goalie Steve Mason has been really good (2.13 goals-against average and .931 save percentage). The Flyers will be well rested too — they won’t have played since Friday night’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Winnipeg Jets.

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

WEDNESDAY VS MINNESOTA

If Steve Mason has been really good, Josh Harding has been out of this world. The Wild goalie, who won the Masterton Trophy for perseverance and dedication to hockey last season after revealing he’d been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, is 11-2-2 with a 1.26 goals-against average (!) and .945 save percentage (!!). It’ll be hard to maintain those numbers over the course of a full season, but for now, nobody in the NHL is playing better. The Regina native’s name is even being floated in some circles as a possible addition to the Team Canada roster for the Sochi Olympics. While Harding probably won’t supplant brand-name goalies like Roberto Luongo and Carey Price, perhaps he can sneak into the No. 3 spot. He’s earned consideration.

7:30 p.m., TV: RDS, TSN
Radio: TSN 1200 AM

SATURDAY AT DETROIT

While the Senators will be seeking revenge against the Flyers, it’s the Wings who will be looking for some retribution when they face Ottawa this week. Last time out against former captain Daniel Alfredsson, the new captain stepped up for the Senators. Jason Spezza scored twice (as did Alfredsson replacement Bobby Ryan) in a 6-1 road win for the Senators on Oct. 23. Alfredsson had scored just three goals for the Red Wings heading into the weekend, but also had 11 assists to run his point total to 14 in 19 games. The Wings will also be looking to overcome a six-game losing streak. The only good news: They picked up a point in five of the losses by getting to overtime, with two games decided by shootouts. Detroit is just 3-2-6 at home this season.

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

SUNDAY AT CAROLINA

This will be Ottawa’s first contest of the season against the Hurricanes, who are struggling mightily to put the puck in the net. Prior to the weekend slate, they were averaging fewer than two goals per game and sitting third-last in the league in that department. Put another way, Hurricanes scoring leader Eric Staal had just 10 points — half the amount put up by Senators leader Bobby Ryan so far. Oddly enough, this hasn’t prevented the ‘Canes from holding onto a playoff spot in the Metropolitan Division (this season’s version of the Southleast). With regular starting goalie Cam Ward on IR, backup Justin Peters has been handling most of the work between the pipes. He’s 4-6-1 with a 2.35 GAA and .921 save percentage this season.

5 p.m., TV: SNET-OTT, TVA
Radio: TSN 1200 AM

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