The Senators this week

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

The Senators this week
James Reimer of the Toronto Maple Leafs in action against the Ottawa Senators during third period of NHL action at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, December 07, 2013. Photo by Jean Levac/Ottawa Citizen

TUESDAY AT COLUMBUS

The Blue Jackets’ franchise record eight-game winning streak finally came to an end Saturday — against the Buffalo Sabres. Go figure. In that 5-2 defeat, goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky came down to earth, pulled early in the game. Ryan Johansen continues to lead the Blue Jackets in scoring, but Nathan Horton has had an impact since returning from a long-term injury absence, with four goals and three assists in 11 games. The Senators and Blue Jackets have split their first two meetings this season, with each team winning 4-1. Heading into Monday’s game against Carolina, the Blue Jackets held a two-point lead over the Senators.

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

THURSDAY VS TAMPA

What are the chances that Ben Bishop can win a fourth straight game against his old Senators teammates? Bishop is now 3-0 against Ottawa since being traded to Tampa for Cory Conacher last spring, including a 4-3 shootout victory over the Senators last Thursday. This is, however, the first time Bishop will return to Canadian Tire Centre since the trade. The Lightning are led in scoring by captain Martin St. Louis (52 points), and defenceman Viktor Hedman has six assists in his past two games. The Lightning’s success has come with nine or 10 rookies regularly in the lineup, meaning coach Jon Cooper is among the leading candidates to win the Jack Adams Trophy as NHL coach of the year.

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

SATURDAY AT TORONTO

It seems like forever since the last edition of the Battle of Ontario. That came on Dec. 7, when the Maple Leafs pulled out a 4-3 shootout victory. The Maple Leafs also defeated the Senators in a 5-4 shootout on Oct. 5. Shootout success really is the difference between the two teams in the standings. While Toronto leads the Senators by six points in the standings, they’ve won nine games in the penalty shot competition, while the Senators have only won two. A big key to Senators success would be shutting down Phil Kessel, who has seven goals and nine assists in his last nine games.

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

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