Ottawa (3-5-1) at Florida (4-4-0) 7:30 p.m. EDT
SUNRISE, Florida (Ticker) — The Ottawa Senators handed the
Buffalo Sabres their first regulation loss of the season on
Monday, and it was no surprise who carried the struggling team.
Ottawa will look for a more balanced scoring attack and
consecutive wins for the first time this season when it faces
off against the Florida Panthers on Thursday.
Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza and captain Daniel Alfredsson
combined for seven points in the Senators’ triumph over the
Sabres. The trio has registered 13 goals, nearly half of the
team’s total of 27, and 19 assists thus far this season.
Outside of defenseman Filip Kuba, who has collected 11 assists,
Shean Donovan is the only other Senator to have recorded more
than three points on the campaign.
Florida, which is 3-1-0 at home this season, hopes to continue
its strong play in its own building before opening a five-game
road trip Saturday in Nashville.
After an impressive 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on
Friday, the Panthers followed with a lackluster effort on
Saturday, managing only 17 shots in a 4-0 loss to the St. Louis
Blues that ended their bid for a third straight victory.
Florida’s power play has been virtually non-existent this
season, scoring just three times in 35 chances (8.6 percent).