With the Eastern Conference standings as tight as ever, the Ottawa Senators have a chance to pick up some crucial points as they close out their 2011 schedule.
First up, Jarome Iginla and the Calgary Flames visit Scotiabank Place for a 7:30 PM start. It will be a quick turnaround for the Sens who are in action again tomorrow night when they visit the Buffalo Sabres in the final contest of 2011.
The Sens have a chance to catch the Calgary Flames napping a little bit as they were in action last night against the Islanders and looked awful in a 3-1 loss to the New York Islanders. Flames have been playing some better hockey as of late but struggled on the Island.
Calgary is 5-3-2 in their past ten and have played themselves back into contention in the Western Conference.
Despite losing a couple games in a row, the Sens still trail the Leafs by just two points for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. That makes these two weekend games all the more important.
Craig Anderson struggled badly against the Habs the other night and has been relegated to back up against the Flames. Alex Auld will get the start on home ice but don't be surprised if Anderson is back between the pipes tomorrow night. Ottawa will also have Chris Phillips back in the line up tonight. Matt Carkner will watch on from the pressbox.
Here is how the Sens are expected to line up…
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