Thursday, February 9, 2012

Senators desperate for win as they host Nashville

The Nashville Predators will take on the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place tonight at 6:30 p.m. central time. In their last two trips to Ottawa, the Predators have come out of Scotiabank Place with a win.

Nashville is coming off of a 4-3 shootout loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday night. The Predators haven't lost two consecutive games since they lost to the Dallas Stars on December 23 and the Detroit Red Wings on December 26.

Ottawa has been struggling as of late, posting a 2-7-1 record in their last 10 games. The Senators have gone 0-6-1 in their past seven games, so they will be desperate for a win against the Predators tonight.

The Predators are still right in the thick of things in the Central Division. They need to win as many games as possible to catch up with St. Louis and Detroit. While tonight's game is against an Eastern Conference opponent, two big points in the standings are still on the line.

Reports from morning skate indicate that Alex Auld will be staring in goal for Ottawa. Auld has posted a 1-3-2 record on the season so far. Pekka Rinne will be starting in goal for the Predators, and will look to bounce back from his first loss of any sort in 12 games on Tuesday night.

My player to watch for the Senators is Jason Spezza. The All-Star centerman leads the Senators in points on the season with 51, and has one of the best shots in the game. His quick release and his breakaway speed make him a very dangerous player.

For Nashville, my player to watch is Mike Fisher. Fisher will be making his first trip to Scotiabank Place while wearing an opposing team's jersey. Fisher spent the first 11 seasons of his career in Ottawa, so tonight will be a special night for him.

(Photo Credit: Leanne Charles)

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