The Senators this week

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

The Senators this week
Buffalo Sabres' Ryan Miller (30) blocks a shot by Philadelphia Flyers' Claude Giroux (28) as Jakub Voracek (93), of Czech Republic, Brayden McNabb (44) and Mikhail Grigorenko (25), of Russia, stand by during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

MONDAY VS FLYERS

Games against the Flyers haven’t been kind to the Senators. They were shut out 5-0 at home Nov. 12 and then lost 5-2 one week later in Philadelphia. This will be the Senators’ last chance to grab a win against the men in orange, as Monday’s game will wrap up the season series. It’s an important one, too. The Flyers are one of the many teams ahead in the Eastern Conference playoff race. A win in regulation would possibly allow Ottawa to leapfrog two teams, depending on how the Columbus Blue Jackets fare in Pittsburgh. The Flyers have benefitted from the resurgence of captain Claude Giroux, who faceplanted out of the gate but has rebounded to jump back into the team scoring lead (20 points). They need more, as they’re 29th in the league in goals per game.

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

TUESDAY AT SABRES

Meanwhile, the season series is just starting to heat up between the Senators and Sabres. After opening their campaigns against each other back on Oct. 4 (a 1-0 win for Ottawa) they’ll face off twice in three nights. This home-and-home couldn’t come at a better time for the Senators, who’ve improved their play of late but haven’t seen the results. If they continue to pepper the opposing net the way they have the past two weeks, they should be able to gather, at a minimum, three points in two games. The first contest takes place in Buffalo, where the Sabres are an atrocious 3-12-1. Not that their road record is much better (3-10-1). The Sabres are the only team in the NHL to average fewer goals for than the Flyers and their goals-against average is 3.03.

7 p.m.
TV: SNET-E

Radio: TSN 1200 AM

THURSDAY VS SABRES

Oh, hey, long time no see. Since Buffalo Sabres games are often unwatchable (the team is last in the NHL by a wide margin), many have been keeping an eye on goaltender Ryan Miller’s status instead. He’s been lit up, as expected, with a 3.05 GAA and a 5-16-0 record, but his save percentage is a respectable .917 on a team that gives up plenty of Grade A scoring chances. With Thomas Vanek already gone to the New York Islanders in a deal earlier this season, Miller is the highest-profile trade chip the tanking Sabres have left on the table. Whenever he does get moved, don’t expect an embarrassment of riches in return. The goalie market stinks, what with so many guys who can do an adequate job between the pipes and cap pressure across the league.

7:30 p.m.
TV: SNET-OTT
Radio: TSN 1200 AM

SATURDAY VS LOS ANGELES

The Senators will close out their second season series of the week Saturday afternoon at Canadian Tire Centre. In the first showdown between the teams on the West Coast, Jeff Carter scored 28 seconds into overtime to end what had been an impressive rally for the Senators. They were down 3-0 after one period before goals by Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Bobby Ryan and Milan Michalek drew them even. This will be a stern test against the third-place team in the NHL’s toughest division, the Pacific. The Kings are 19-7-4 this season, with a 9-3-2 record on the road. Anze Kopitar’s 25 points lead the way on offence while goalies Martin Jones, Ben Scrivens and Jonathan Quick have combined for the second-lowest goals-against average in the league.

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

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