Yeah, the first-place Senators are in town, fresh off their seventh straight loss last night in Tampa. The Panthers are only riding a two-game losing streak, but didn't do a whole lot in their previous game, and if recent history gives any clue, I wouldn't be betting on Florida tonight.
First, the Panthers don't match up very well against the Senators. They just don't. Secondly, can you remember a time a team played the Panthers with a lengthy losing streak going and didn't snap it against Florida? Earlier this year, Tampa was riding a six-game losing streak. Then came the Panthers. I have no stats to back me up, but I can't remember the last time Florida continued a team's misery. They just don't seem to have it in them.
-- According to the Ottawa guys, Ray Emery gets another start tonight. Emery made 25 saves in last night's shootout loss at Tampa.
-- Also, the NHL doesn't consider Ottawa's losing stretch an official losing streak. The rationale: Two of those losses came in a shootout. Last time Sens lost this many consecutive game was in the franchise's fourth season.