OTTAWA (Ticker) -- These are not the Ottawa Senators most people
expected to see when the season began.
The Senators try to break a five-game home losing streak and
post their first home triumph of the campaign Saturday when they
host the New Jersey Devils in the first of four meetings this
Ottawa led the league with 314 goals in a season that saw the
Senators tie the franchise record with 52 victories before
losing to the Buffalo Sabres in five games of the Eastern
However, Ottawa is last in the league with 11 goals this season
and has gone 32 consecutive power-play chances without scoring,
lowering their mark to 1-for-34 with the man advantage this
After scoring 50 goals last season, Dany Heatley needed six
games to record his first of this campaign when he came through
midway through the third period of Thursday's 2-1 loss to the
New Jersey has lost two of its last three games and is playing
its third contest in four nights. The Devils have split their
four road games this season.
Brian Gionta scored twice, including the tying goal with 12
seconds left in regulation Thursday for New Jersey, which
suffered a 4-3 shootout loss to the Nashville Predators.
The teams split their four encounters last season, with New
Jersey posting a 3-2 victory over Ottawa on March 28, when Scott
Gomez scored the shootout clincher.