The Ottawa Senators will have to regroup in a hurry if they want to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season.
After an ugly, brawl-filled loss in Philadelphia, the Senators return to the Corel Centre to host the Nashville Predators.
Friday’s 5-3 loss to the Flyers featured five consecutive brawls in the final two minutes and an NHL-record 419 penalty minutes. Officials needed about 90 minutes after the game ended to sort the penalties. The previous record for penalty minutes was 406 by the Minnesota North Stars and Boston Bruins in 1981. The Flyers had 213 minutes and Ottawa had 206.
The normally stingy Senators have allowed nine goals in the past two games, and 10 power-play goals in their last eight—not a recipe for success, according to Ottawa defenseman Wade Redden.
“We’ve having a tough time (lately),” Redden said. “We have to realize that it’s not going to get any easier for us the rest of the way.”
Things don’t figure to get easier against Nashville, which is coming off a franchise-best offensive outburst. The Predators beat the league-worst Pittsburgh Penguins 9-4 on Thursday, setting a team record for goals in a game. Nashville broke the previous mark, established in an 8-2 victory over Phoenix on Feb. 21.
Thursday’s game also marked the second time in nine games since acquiring forward Steve Sullivan from Chicago that the Predators scored at least five power-play goals.
Sullivan had a goal and two assists, giving him seven goals and nine assists in nine games with Nashville. The Predators are 6-2-1 since acquiring Sullivan, scoring 17 power-play goals during that stretch.
Zholtok led the Wild in goals (13) and was third in scoring (29 points) in 59 games this season. For his career, he has 110 goals and 146 assists in 577 games.