The Senators look to win consecutive games for the first time in nearly three weeks when they host the Oilers on Monday night.
Among the NHL’s lowest-scoring teams with 55 goals, Ottawa (11-12-1) avoided a season high-tying third straight loss and opened a four-game homestand with a 3-0 victory over Toronto on Saturday.
Fisher - who had one goal in his previous 11 contests - scored twice and added an assist, while Kovalev had a season-high three points. Michalek recorded a season-best two assists for Ottawa, which hasn’t won two straight since a four-game run from Nov. 2-9.
The Senators could get a number of chances against an Oilers club that has surrendered 88 goals - easily the most in the league.
Edmonton (6-12-4), facing a NHL-high 35.1 shots per contest, is the league’s worst penalty killing team at 67.4 percent. The Senators, looking for their seventh straight victory in the series, have gone 3 for 21 with the man advantage in the last nine games.
Called up from the AHL on Nov. 18 with Nikolai Khabibulin(notes) nursing a groin injury, Gerber spent two-plus seasons with Ottawa before getting sent to the minors in February 2009. He has gone 3-3-0 with a 2.83 goals-against average against Senators.
Gerber has played one game this season, beating Colorado 3-2 with 35 saves Thursday.
Whoever is in net will try to help the Oilers start their three-game eastern swing on a positive note following a 4-3 loss to San Jose on Saturday.
“To have a game like this where we didn’t end up with a five- or six-goal deficit, where a lot of us thought this was going to go, is something to really strengthen us going into Eastern Canada,” associate coach Ralph Krueger said.
The Oilers, though, have been outscored 32-12 while dropping five of six on the road. They have lost five straight road games to East foes since Dec. 9.
Elliott, 2-0-0 with a 1.50 GAA versus the Oilers, turned away 18 shots in the teams’ last matchup, a 4-1 victory in Edmonton on March 9.
The Oilers’ last win over the Senators was 3-1 at home March 14, 2004.