Ottawa Senators 27-18-6
60 Points (5th in the East)
Phoenix Coyotes 21-20-8
50 Points (12th in the West)
9:00 pm EST
7:00 pm Phoenix Local Time
The Ottawa Senators, suddenly losers of two in a row, take on the Phoenix Coyotes tonight at Jobing.Com Arena in Glendale. This is the third of a six game homestand for the Coyotes, and the last game for both teams before the All-Star break. Both teams are looking to turn around their current streaks and gain a little momentum going into the break. The Senators are just two games back of the Conference-leading Bruins and Rangers and need a win to keep pace. The Coyotes are fading fast with only 2 wins in their last 10 games. A big win tonight against one of the East’s top teams could be the spark they have been looking for. While the Coyotes currently sit 12th in the West, they are only 4 points out of the 8th and final playoff spot. With 5 teams separated by 4 points and fighting over only 1 spot, every win is crucial.
There are question marks at both ends in net tonight. For the Coyotes, Mike Smith started the last 4 games and has lost the last 3. He is also coming off a poor performance Saturday against Tampa, so don’t be surprised to see Jason Labarbera get the start. For Ottawa, Craig Anderson has started the last 13 games, but he got pulled after 2 periods last night in a 4-1 loss to the Kings. Anderson is also winless in five starts against the Coyotes, so it could be backup Alex Auld getting the nod.
Tonight’s game can be seen on FSAZ-Plus (Cox channel 73, DirecTV channel 695)
The Game will also be broadcast on XTRA Sports 910 AM
Starting center Daymond Langkow is listed as doubtful
About the Author
Written by Doug Podkowsky
I have a lifelong passion for hockey. My earliest memories include watching the great Islanders teams of the early 80s win the Stanley Cup. I learned how to skate when I learned how to walk. While I am no longer in my prime, physically and on the ice, I am still a student of the game and I love to offer my expertise to fans, players, kids, and anyone else who has a passion for this great game