Senators Aim To Break Losing Slump With Win Over Islanders

devin rodgerCorrespondent INovember 28, 2007

The Ottawa Senators will look to return to their winning ways when they travel to Long Island tonight.

Ray Emery will get the start tonight, despite going 2-3 on the season so far, with a 3.12 GAA and 0.895 save percentage.

John Paddock said that Emery needs to pick up his game in practice and work harder than he has so far.

Patrick Eaves will not play in this game, because of a hit  in the corner from Brian Campbell in the Sens' 4-2 loss to Buffalo last Wednesday.

However, Nick Foligno will be back in the lineup, replacing Alexander Nikulin, who has been sent to the AHL Binghamton Senators.

In addition, Daniel Alfredsson has recovered from a pulled groin that he sustained in the 6-5 shootout against the Penguins, and should see playing time tonight.

The Islanders are also coming off of an overtime loss after falling to the Dallas Stars on Monday.

IconFor the Senators to win tonight, their defense must shut down a former Senator: Mike Comrie. Comrie has 18 points in 21 games this season, while Satan and Fedotanko have combined for only 26 points.

Paddock will likely place Mike Fisher on the top line to counter the gritty Comrie. The Senators' first line comes into this game with a combined 79 points in 22 games.

This should be an exciting game, with the Senators are looking to rebound while the Islanders aim to get back in the points race by taking down the conference leaders.