OTTAWA (Ticker) -- Following a difficult road trip in which they
exhibited little of the offensive firepower that has been their
trademark, the Ottawa Senators return home to face the Phoenix
Coyotes on Tuesday.
Still playing without two of their top three scorers, captain
Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza, the Senators dropped a 4-1
decision in Montreal on Saturday for their second straight loss.
The club has not lost three straight games this season.
Steve Martins' first goal of the season midway through the
second period was the only scoring for Ottawa, which dug itself
a 4-0 hole less than 16 minutes into the contest. Ray Emery was
victimized in net before being relieved by Dominik Hasek
following the Canadiens' final tally.
Alfredsson and Spezza both have returned to practice and may
come back to Ottawa's lineup within the week, although neither
is certain to appear Tuesday.
The Coyotes may be the perfect squad to cure the Senators' ills.
They enter a three-game road trip with three straight losses
while getting outscored, 14-4.
Ladislav Nagy and Shane Doan were Phoenix's two goal-scorers in
Sunday's 5-2 loss to Columbus. The Coyotes suffered their
eighth setback in 12 games despite holding a 34-15 advantage in
shots and winning 41-of-64 faceoffs.