The Ottawa Senators are hoping to build momentum after playing below expectations through the first quarter of the season.
That may not be easy to do when they host the Vancouver Canucks, owners of the best record in the Western Conference.
Coming off back-to-back losses to Toronto, Ottawa spotted Atlanta a three-goal lead Tuesday before scoring six unanswered goals in a 6-3 victory.
Redden has scored all six of his goals this season in the last seven games, tying him for the NHL lead among defensemen.
“To me, if we didn’t have character after falling behind 3-0, we would not prevail,” Senators coach Jacques Martin said. “Even after being down, we felt we were doing the right thing.”
Lalime started the game on the bench after allowing a season-high six goals on 22 shots in a 6-2 loss to the New York Rangers on Sunday. Prusek, however, continued to struggle and remained winless in five appearances this season.
The Senators, one of the preseason favorites to win the Stanley Cup, are just 4-5-2-1 this month.
Vancouver ended a five-game road winless streak Tuesday with a 5-2 victory over Montreal.
“We understood the importance of this game, and the importance of getting a road win,” Bertuzzi said. “We understood that we needed to get it done, and it had to get done hard tonight. We were eager and we came out strong.”
Vancouver is by far the league’s best offensive team, scoring 74 goals in 23 games. Besides having arguably the NHL’s top line with Naslund, Bertuzzi and Brendan Morrison, the Canucks also are getting excellent production from center Jason King, who leads all rookies with 11 goals and 15 points.
STANDINGS (through Nov. 25): Canucks - 30 points, 1st place, Northwest Division. Senators - 22 points, 3rd place, 7 PB, Northeast Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Canucks - King, 11 goals; Naslund and Bertuzzi, 17 assists; Naslund, 27 points; Bertuzzi and Ed Jovanovski, 41 PIM. Senators - Marian Hossa, 10 goals, 14 assists and 24 points; Chris Neil, 51 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through Nov. 26): Canucks - Power play: 17.4 percent (21 for 121), 12th in NHL. Penalty killing: 87.1 percent (88 for 101), 5th. Senators - Power play: 25.2 percent (26 for 103), 2nd. Penalty killing: 84.2 percent (85 for 101), 12th.
2002-03 SEASON SERIES: Canucks, 1-0.
LAST MEETING: Jan. 8; Canucks, 6-4. At Vancouver, British Columbia, Naslund scored a pair of power-play goals and Matt Cooke had a goal and an assist to lead the Canucks.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Canucks - 4-5-1-2 on the road; Senators - 4-4-2-1 at home.