Today in the NHL: Senators battle Canadiens

Today in the NHL: Senators battle Canadiens
February 3, 2013, 1:15 pm
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The Flyers have Sunday off after defeating the Hurricanes 5-3 on Saturday night (see story).

Wayne Simmonds has a concussion and missed Saturday's game vs. Carolina (see story). He will be re-evaluated today.

With the Flyers not in action, here are a few NHL games to watch for.

Ottawa at Montreal, 2:00 p.m.

This game between two Canadian teams will be their second matchup this season.  On Wednesday, the Senators (5-2-1) defeated the Canadiens (5-2-0) in a 5-1 blowout.  Ottawa’s Daniel Alfredsson scored his first goal of the season in the game.

The Canadiens are not only trying to even up the series against their Northeast Division rivals, but are also trying to get their fifth home win in a row to get their longest home winning-streak in the past three seasons.

The Senators will continue to be without center Jason Spezza, who will be out at least two months after back surgery.

New Jersey at New York, 3:00 p.m.

This will be the third game of the season between these two Atlantic Division rivals. The series is tied at 1-1.

The first time the Devils (3-1-3) and the Islanders (4-2-1) met, New Jersey pulled out a 2-1 win.  In that game, goalie Martin Brodeur saved 18 of 19 shots on goal and David Clarkson scored a goal in the third period that put the game away.

The Islanders pulled out a tight 5-4  win in overtime in the second meeting. Brad Boyes scored a power-play goal in OT to clinch the victory. Boyes also notched an assist in the game and John Tavares had two goals and one assist.

Florida at Buffalo, 3:00 p.m.

This game between two sub .500 teams will be their first meeting of the season.

The Panthers (2-5-0) are coming off a 6-3 win over Winnipeg on Thursday. The Sabres (3-4-1) suffered a 6-1 loss to Montreal on Saturday night.

Florida’s leading point scorer is center Tomas Fleischmann with two goals and five assists. Buffalo’s Thomas Vanek, who is leading the NHL in points with 16, has racked up seven goals and nine assists so far this season.

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