The Senators look for a sixth consecutive home victory over the struggling Coyotes on Tuesday night.
Coming off a strong effort in a 4-2 win at Buffalo on Friday, Ottawa (2-5-1) regressed by recording 19 shots during a 3-0 loss at home to Montreal the next night.
Ottawa has lost of three of four overall and sits 1-2 at home where it was 26-11-4 last season.
“We’re in a position where one good game here and there isn’t good enough,” Alfredsson told the Senators’ official website. “That’s discouraging. We need to be consistent.”
The Senators, however, have a good chance to pick themselves up against Phoenix (2-2-3). Though Ottawa’s 16 goals are among the fewest in the NHL, the Senators have outscored the Coyotes 26-8 during a five-game home winning streak in the series.
Phoenix snapped a five-game skid to the Senators with a 3-2 win Dec. 5, but has not won in Ottawa since Dec. 12, 1998.
Alfredsson could help the Senators continue that trend. The veteran winger has three goals and eight assists in his last four home contests versus Phoenix.
With Pascal Leclaire(notes) also nursing a sore groin, Brian Elliott(notes) could be in goal after stopping 31 shots against the Canadiens. He made 22 saves in last season’s loss at Phoenix in his only appearance against the Coyotes.
Phoenix looks to avoid a third straight loss after falling 3-2 in overtime at Montreal on Monday for its second consecutive overtime defeat.
“I’ve never been suspended and you feel guilty to your teammates… I feel bad,” Doan told the Coyotes’ official website. “My job is to play the game.”
Doan, who had two assists in that contest for his only points of the season, has three goals and three assists in eight games at Ottawa.