|4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ETNaN:� BRT, January 2, 2019
Canadian Tire Centre, Kanata, Ontario Attendance: 16,358
After a tumultuous year both on and off the ice in 2018, the Ottawa Senators are hoping for a fresh start in their first game of 2019, when they host the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night.
A five-game losing streak has dropped the Senators to last place in the Eastern Conference, with just 34 points to show from their first 40 games of the season.
Monday's 6-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets was another frustrating result for Ottawa, as the team allowed three Columbus goals in the final 2:01 (including two empty-netters) to turn a tied game into a lopsided defeat.
The Senators have now been outscored 56-41 in the third period this season.
"We're consistently getting ourselves to third periods where we're in games, but our third periods are consistently letting us down," Bobby Ryan said. "It's the same old script. You want to make sure your emotions don't get the best of you. You have to try and identify what it was from each individual game and go from there. We have to continue to try and get better from that."
Vancouver is also looking to rebound from a tough defeat on Monday, after absorbing a 4-0 shutout loss to the New Jersey Devils. The Canucks outshot the Devils 25-23 in the game and often controlled the pace during five-on-five play, but mustered only three shots on four scoreless power play chances. Vancouver is only 2 for 20 on the power play in its last six games.
"We've got to capitalize on our power play and be better on our special teams. … We have to get more pucks towards the net," Bo Horvat said. "I think we're trying to be too cute with it, hang onto pucks a little bit too long instead of simplifying our game, putting pucks towards the net and getting bodies there. I think if we do that, we're going to have more success."
Monday's game marked the first time in more than a month that the Canucks lost a road game in regulation. Vancouver is 5-1-1 in its last seven away games, and Ottawa will be the Canucks' fourth stop on a six-game road trip.
Craig Anderson has missed the Senators' last four games due to a concussion, and it is unclear if the goalie could return to action on Wednesday. Backup Mike McKenna and rookie call-up Marcus Hogberg have each made two starts in Anderson's absence, and combined for a 4.06 goals-against average over the four games.
Updated January 1, 2019