Tuesday, Phoenix Coyotes at Senators, Scotiabank Place, 7:30 p.m. TV: Sportsnet. Radio: Team 1200-AM.
Coyotes captain Shane Doan returns after serving a three-game suspension for a blindside hit on Anaheim’s Dan Sexton, but this game is all about how the Senators respond following their uninspired 3-0 loss to Montreal Saturday. The good news for the Senators is they can’t give away two points to an Eastern Conference rival for the first time this season, but after 20,301 showed up Saturday, the Coyotes game figures to draw countless fans dressed as empty seats.
Thursday, Florida Panthers at Senators, Scotiabank Place, 7 p.m. TV: TSN. Radio: Team 1200-AM. Mike Fisher had three goals versus the Panthers a year ago, as the Senators won three of four meetings between the teams. The Panthers are rebuilding, but a couple of common themes remain from a year ago: goaltender Tomas Vokoun continues to keep them in games, but Florida continues to struggle offensively. The power play has been particularly weak in the early going, as former Bruins defenceman Dennis Wideman hasn’t helped make it click.
Saturday, Boston Bruins at Senators, Scotiabank Place, 7 p.m. TV: CBC. Radio: Team 1200-AM. So far, the Senators are an atrocious 1-4 against Northeast Division opponents. Here come the Bruins, who have played air tight defence in front of the resurgent Tim Thomas while receiving an impressive early offensive burst from Nathan Horton, who arrived from Florida in the summer trade for Wideman. Daniel Alfredsson had a hat trick against the Bruins last Jan. 18. Anyone think he can score two hat tricks in eight days?