The Senators this week (Nov. 8-14)

Beware The Thrashers, tied with the Senators for fifth in the Eastern Conference.

The Senators this week (Nov. 8-14)
PITTSBURGH, PA - APRIL 13: Jason Spezza #19 of the Ottawa Senators handles the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Senators defeated the Penguins 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Ken Warren’s preview of the Senators’ upcoming games.

Tuesday vs Atlanta Thrashers, Scotiabank Place, 7:30 p.m
. TV: Sportsnet. Radio: Team 1200-AM: Beware The Thrashers, tied with the Senators for fifth in the Eastern Conference. Last season, the Senators problem was keeping the Thrashers off the board. Atlanta won three of the four meetings, including 6-1 and 6-3 victories. Dustin Byfuglien, who starred as a power forward in Chicago’s run to the Stanley Cup, is now a defenceman. He has five goals and eight assists, trailing only Detroit’s Niklas Lidstrom in scoring among all NHL defencemen. The Thrashers problem is goals against: they’ve allowed 51 goals, most in the NHL before Sunday’s action.

Thursday vs. Vancouver Canucks, Scotiabank Place, 7:30 p.m. TV: Sportsnet One. Radio: Team 1200-AM. The red-hot Canucks knocked off Detroit 6-4 Saturday, extending their winning streak to six games. The game against the Senators marks the second game of a five-game Eastern road swing for the Canucks, including a Tuesday game in Montreal. It will be interesting to see if coach Alain Vigneault will give the Senators game to back-up goaltender Cory Schneider, who is pushing for more action behind star Roberto Luongo. Identical twins Henrik and Daniel Sedin are tied atop the Canucks scoring leaders, with 16 points each. The Senators defeated the Canucks 3-1 in their only meeting last season, the final victory in the club’s franchise record 11-game winning streak.

Saturday at Boston Bruins, TD Garden, 7 p.m. TV: CBC. Radio: Team 1200-AM. The game kicks off a four-game, eight-day road trip for the Senators and the Senators need no reminders about the stellar play of veteran goaltender Tim Thomas, who shut them out 4-0 at Scotiabank Place Oct. 30. Thomas owns a 7-0 record, a 1.05 goals against average and a .967 save percentage. Keep a close tabs on pesky Senators winger Chris Neil. The Bruins weren’t pleased that Neil picked a fight with skilled defenceman Dennis Seidenberg in the final minutes of the Oct. 30 game and the Bruins tough guys — Shawn Thornton, Milan Lucic and maybe Brian McGrattan — will be waiting for an opportunity to retailiate.

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