OTTAWA (Ticker) -- After a disappointing road trip, the Ottawa
Senators host the Colorado Avalanche Thursday night at the Corel
Ottawa is tied with Toronto for fourth place in the Eastern
Conference. The Senators have a game a hand with Toronto but
one fewer win.
Ottawa trails Boston by just three points in the Northeast
Division after going 2-3-0 on a five-game trip. The
Senators posted wins in Vancouver and Washington but were
outscored, 12-5, in losses to Minnesota, Edmonton and Calgary.
Ottawa concluded the trek with Tuesday's 5-2 loss at Minnesota.
Marian Hossa scored his 33rd goal and Bryan Smolinski also
tallied for the Senators, who fell behind, 3-0.
"We wanted to salvage an average trip for us. We got behind the
eight-ball early and couldn't come back," Ottawa center Mike
Fisher said. "As a team, we're just not clicking together."
The Senators have just three home games left, including Thursday,
and are 22-7-5-4 here. They have gained a point in each of their
last 21 home games (16-0-3-2).
Colorado is second in the Western Conference, three points
behind Detroit. The Avalanche have a five-point edge over the
Vancouver Canucks atop the Northwest Division.