The Senators this week

In the first meeting between the Senators and Sabres, Ottawa almost frittered away 4-1 lead.

The Senators this week
Christian Ehrhoff #10 of the Buffalo Sabres celebrates after scoring a goal against the New York Islanders during their game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on February 9, 2013 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

TUESDAY VS BUFFALO

In the first meeting between these two teams, the Senators almost frittered away 4-1 lead. Fortunately for them, they managed to hold on and take the game 4-3. It was Ottawa’s one and only win in their last five games, and the team would be thrilled to see that kind of goal production again. The Sabres are a good team to try and jump-start the offence against, considering they were 29th in the NHL in goals against per game Sunday. On the other hand, goalie Ryan Miller was looking like his old self Saturday, making 41 saves in Buffalo’s 3-2 win over the New York Islanders Saturday. The Senators’ chances will also hinge on their ability to shut down Thomas Vanek, who led the league in scoring with 23 points heading into the Sabres’ Sunday night tilt against Boston.

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

WEDNESDAY AT PITTSBURGH

The Senators don’t have very fond memories of their first game against the Penguins this season. James Neal, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby all scored in the shootout to lead the Pens to a 2-1 victory at Scotiabank Place Jan. 27. That was the least of Ottawa’s problems on the day. Jason Spezza, who’d been having back problems since training camp, went to see a specialist after the game and ultimately opted for surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back. His shootout goal will likely stand as the last contribution to the team until the dying days of the season, when the Senators hope to be in the thick of the playoff race. Picking up a point or two on the road against an elite team that has gone 5-2 since that day would be a big boost.

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

SATURDAY AT TORONTO

Ah, the Battle of Ontario. It’s hard to believe it took this long for the Senators to face their natural rival, but the anticipation should have fans jacked up for what could wind up being a very meaningful game. The surprising Leafs are actually ahead of the Senators at the quarter pole, as goalie James Reimer is finding his form (5-3, 2.30 GAA, .929 SV%) and winger Phil Kessel has rediscovered his scoring touch. After opening the season without a goal in his first 10 games and thus setting off a blizzard of trade rumours in the NHL’s most hysterical media market, the soft-spoken sniper has scored in consecutive contests and added two assists to boot. The Leafs have now won three in a row, knocking off the Capitals, Jets and Canadiens. They are 1-4 at home, however.

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

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