Nashville at Ottawa
When: 7:30 PM ET, Monday, March 10, 2014
Where: Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
The Ottawa Senators attempt to remain within reach of a playoff berth as they return from a four-game road trip to host the Nashville Predators on Monday. Ottawa sits four points behind Columbus for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference with 18 games remaining but also has three teams in its path. The Senators salvaged a split of their trek with a 5-3 triumph at Winnipeg on Saturday - just the second win in their last six overall contests.
Nashville's postseason hopes have taken a major hit thanks to four straight losses to begin the month and seven in its last eight overall games (1-5-2). The Predators' slide continued Saturday, when they dropped a 1-0 home decision to the Blue Jackets. Nashville, which trails Dallas by 10 points for the second wild card in the West, begins a three-game road trip after a 1-5-0 homestand during which it scored a total of three goals over the last four contests.TV:
7:30 p.m. ET, FSN Tennessee (Nashville), TSN, RDS (Ottawa)ABOUT THE PREDATORS (26-28-10):
Pekka Rinne continues to improve since returning from a bacterial infection following hip surgery but still has nothing to show for it. The 31-year-old Finn is 0-3-0 after missing over four months despite reducing his goals allowed by one in each contest after yielding three in a loss to Pittsburgh on March 4. Patrick Eaves has yet to record a point in two games since being acquired from Detroit on Wednesday, registering one shot on goal and a minus-1 rating.ABOUT THE SENATORS (28-25-11):
After an unimpressive debut with the club against Calgary, Ales Hemsky collected three assists in Saturday's victory. They were the first assists for the 30-year-old Czech since Jan. 12, a span of nine games. Ottawa's five-goal outburst at Winnipeg was its largest offensive output since it also tallied five times in a win over Tampa Bay on Jan. 30.OVERTIME
1. Ottawa posted a 2-1 shootout victory at Nashville on Jan. 11, with C Mika Zibanejad scoring the decisive goal in the bonus format.
2. The Predators have won just one of their last five road games (1-2-2).
3. Senators LW Clarke MacArthur, who is third on the team with 19 goals, is day-to-day with a hand injury.PREDICTION:
Senators 2, Predators 1
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