The Senators were shutout at home by the Nashville Predators on Monday night, marking their 19th loss of the NHL season and second straight. Ottawa now has a record of 18-19-4 and is sitting with 39 points, tied with the Detroit Red Wings, for 7th position in the Atlantic Division.
The Sens had their fair share of opportunities to score, with 38 shots on goal and 5 power plays but weren’t able to convert any past Nashville goalie, Juuse Saros. It was Saros’s first shutout of the season and the 19th of his career.
The Senators are now below the .500 mark and what started off as a promising home stand with wins over the Buffalo Sabres and Columbus Blue Jackets at the Canadian Tire Centre, ended with a pair of defeats against the Kraken and Predators.
The Senators are scheduled to leave Ottawa on Tuesday for a three-game road trip that will have them take on the Arizona Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche and St. Louis Blues. Almost half way through the season, the Senators are in dire need of a stretch of wins if they are to have any chance of reaching the postseason.
While the Senators put on some early heat, it was Nashville that opened the scoring late in the first. After Ottawa turned the puck over in the neutral zone, Nino Niederreiter was able to find Roman Josi, who got one through Cam Talbot at 14:29. Just 32 seconds later, Nashville scored again, with a wraparound goal which was touched in by Jeremy Lauzon.
The second period went scoreless despite a number of close calls. It wasn’t until the third that the Predators put the exclamation point on the game, as Filip Forsberg slipped one past Talbot on a two on one with Juuse Parssinen.
Up Next for the Senators
Next on the docket for the Senators are the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday, January the 12th. The game will take place at the Mullett Arena in Tempe. The Coyotes have been on a slide int past couple of weeks, dropping 5 games straight but will be facing the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday before their game against the Sens.
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