Ottawa (22-25-8) at Colorado (26-30-1), 9:30 pm EST
DENVER (Ticker) — The Ottawa Senators seek their season-best
sixth consecutive victory Tuesday when they visit the Colorado
Alex Auld made 24 saves to post his sixth career shutout as
Ottawa skated to a 2-0 triumph over the Nashville Predators on
All-Star Dany Heatley and Nick Foligno scored 8 1/2 minutes
apart in the first period for the streaking Senators, who remain
12 points back of the final playoff spot in the Eastern
Conference despite the surge.
Ottawa, which has made the postseason in each of previous 11
seasons, improved to 5-1-1 under interim coach Cory Clouston,
who took over when Craig Hartsburg was fired on February 2.
Before Sunday’s 6-5 shootout victory over the rival Detroit Red
Wings, the Avalanche were going in the opposite direction.
Colorado, dead last in the Western Conference, had dropped four
straight and eight of its previous 10 contests.
Defenseman Jordan Leopold helped break that trend in the fifth
round of the shootout, improving the Avalanche to 8-1 in games
decided in the bonus format this season.