Preview: Blackhawks at Ottawa Senators

The Blackhawks will only play the Ottawa Senators once this year, on Tuesday night, so a brief introduction to the Senators for Hawks fans is in order.

Ottawa Senators

25-21-4  54 pts   2nd in the Northeast Division

4-5-0 in January; won their last three after a five-game losing streak.

Oustcored 29-23 in January; 16 of 23 goals have come in only three games (seven on Jan. 3, nine in their last two).

Ottawa Leaders:

Mike Fisher, C – 16 G, 22 A, 38 Pts, +10

Daniel Alfredsson, RW – 13 G, 24 A, 37 Pts, +5 (including a hat trick on Monday night)

Alfredsson missed time with a shoulder injury, and has played only two games since returning.

Philip Kuba, D – 3 G, 15 A, 18 Pts, -4, 23:31 ATOI

Kuba has played in two games since missing four because of an upper-body injury.

The goaltender situation is far-from-settled in Ottawa. Former Blackhawks’ draft pick Mike Brodeur has come up from the Sens’ minor leagues this year and has been solid, starting his season 3-0, with only three goals allowed in the three games. He has a shutout already as well. However, Brodeur missed Monday’s game because of the flu, so Brian Elliot was called upon. Elliot is 11-11 with a 2.83 goals against average. Ottawa’s regular starter, Pascal LeClaire, is injured.

Marian Hossa played the first seven years of his career in Ottawa, against whom he has three goals and 15 assists in 12 career games. Hossa has not scored in his last eight games against Ottawa, though.

Cristobal Huet is expected to get the start in net for the Hawks. Huet is 5-6-1 against Ottawa with a 3.21 GAA and .908 save percentage. He shut Ottawa out 2-0 last year.

The last time the Blackhawks played in Ottawa was Dec. 22, 2007, a 4-3 overtime win for the Hawks.

Key Statistics

                                
  avg rank avg rank
Goals Scored 3.27 2 2.68 15
Goals Against 2.16 1 2.94 22
Shots For 33.4 2 30.3 10
Shots Against 24.1 1 28.0 4
PP 21.7% 5 13.9% 30
PK 86.1% 5 83.0% 9
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