OTTAWA - A pair of struggling clubs will fight for a much-needed win on Saturday afternoon, as the Ottawa Senators welcome the Phoenix Coyotes for a battle at Canadian Tire Centre. The Coyotes enter Saturdays matinee on a three-game slide and also have dropped five of seven and nine of their last 13 tilts. Ottawa hasnt fared much better recently, losing two straight as part of a 6-10-2 stretch over its last 18 games. Phoenix has lost the first two tests on a four-game road trip, giving the Coyotes four defeats in their past five games as the guest. The club is only 8-7-4 as the road team this season and will complete the trek Monday in Buffalo. After dropping a 3-1 decision Tuesday in Montreal, the Coyotes were dealt a 2-1 shootout setback by the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday. James van Riemsdyk and Joffrey Lupul both scored in the shootout to help the Leafs snap a two-game slide with the close win at Air Canada Centre. Martin Hanzal tied the game late in the third for Phoenix, while Mike Smith stopped 26-of-27 shots through regulation and overtime. "We wanted to play a hard road game. Our tempo got better as the game went on. We had multiple opportunities in the third period to tie and then take the lead. We got the one we needed," said Coyotes coach Dave Tippett. "Its a step in the right direction. Were a little banged up and looking for some guys to elevate their game." Coyotes captain Shane Doan has missed the last six games with an illness that Phoenix has categorized as Rocky Mountain fever. Doan is on medication to battle the bacterial disease and his status is considered week-to-week. Defenseman Zbynek Michalek will miss a second straight contest today for the Coyotes and is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury. The Senators, meanwhile, could be without forward Mika Zibanejad on Saturday after he sustained an upper-body injury in Ottawas most recent loss, a 4-2 home defeat on Thursday against Florida. Zibanejad, who has eight goals and seven assists this season, is considered day-to-day and will be a game-time decision for this afternoons tilt. Ottawa lost its second straight game in regulation on Thursday despite going into the closing minutes of the third period tied with the Panthers. Tom Gilbert scored the go-ahead power-play goal for Florida with 2:32 remaining in the third and Tomas Kopecky added the insurance tally just 51 seconds later with a shorthanded goal. Chris Neil and Jason Spezza scored for the Senators, who have dropped four of six. Craig Anderson took the loss despite 31 stops. "Its my job to stop the puck," said Anderson. "Its one of those things where we were there, we were close (to winning). But close isnt good enough." The Senators, who began a three-game homestand on Thursday, fell to 7-10-3 as the host this season. Ottawa will close the residency when it welcomes Pittsburgh to town on Monday. Ottawa has gotten the better of the Coyotes in recent years, claiming seven of the past nine overall encounters in this series and winning six straight on home ice. Phoenixs last win in Canadas capital city came on Dec. 12, 1998. Jack Cooley Jersey . The league announced Thursday that Tom Higgins is leaving that post effective immediately. Kosta Koufos Jersey . -- Max Gilbert captured his first pro victory at the Tour Championship of Canada. http://www.cheapsacramentokingsjerseys.c...randolph-jersey. They started shooting the puck. Joe Pavelski had a hat trick to move into a tie for second in the NHL in goals and the Sharks beat Philadelphia 7-3 Thursday night in the first game for both teams following the Olympic break. Cheap Kings Jerseys China . You can see all the action on TSN2 beginning at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt. Chicago won two of three games during its stay at the United Center. The club began the homestand with a 5-1 win over Pittsburgh on March 1 and fell to Colorado on Tuesday before posting another blowout win in Thursdays tilt against Columbus. JaKarr Sampson Jersey . For Sweed, a second round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2008, this will be his second go around in the CFL after previously having spent time with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.EDMONTON - It took 17 attempts but head coach Chris Jones finally got the complete game out of his Edmonton Eskimos that hes been waiting for all season.The Eskimos scored an impressive 37-3 win over the B.C. Lions Saturday, their third straight victory that wrapped up second place in the CFL West Division.Its been a long time coming. Weve been trying to put four quarters together and it was good to be able to go in (the locker room) tonight and brag on them a little bit, Jones said after the one-sided win before 26,388 fans. Minus a few missed assignments here and there we played an extremely solid football game.The Eskimos scored on their first two possessions for a 10-0 lead that they extended to 20-3 by the half. They scored on their second possession of the third quarter and were up 30-3 going into the final 15 minutes. It was only the second time this season the Lions defence had given up more than 29 points.It wasnt perfect football, but if I remember right we got a field goal our first drive, a touchdown our second drive, said quarterback Mike Reilly who completed 14 of 24 passes for 289 yards while running for two touchdowns. We played real good right from the start.Our defence is playing real good football, gave us the ball in good position and we were converting it into points. Our offensive line did a phenomenal job … gave me plenty of time to throw and opened up some lanes for myself and John (White).Reilly, White and linebacker J.C. Sherritt were outstanding.White ran 17 times for 122 yards and caught four passes for 80 yards, his second 200-yard game of the year.Hes just a real fireball, he runs real hard, hes never going to go out of bounds and if youre in a position to tackle him hes going to pop you and make you pay for it, Reilly said of White.It seemed like every time he toucheed (the ball) he was getting 10 plus yards.ddddddddddddHes a nice luxury to have.Reluctant to talk about himself, White did admit it was a pretty awesome performance and a pretty awesome win.Everyone wants to talk about my skip, he said of a little stutter-step hop he took in the middle of a 30-yard run that set up Edmontons first touchdown in the ninth minute. I dont know man, it just comes out. Any move it just comes out.On the defensive side Sherritt had eight tackles, three quarterback sacks and forced a third-quarter fumble the Eskimos recovered and turned into a scoring drive. He admitted it may have been his best game of the season for himself and the defence.Were getting down to it and the team that can get the momentum and start shining late is going to have a good shot (in the playoffs). Thats what we were focusing on, playing a complete game. We wanted to make sure we started fast and ended fast.Sherritt saw his CFL single-season tackle record of 130 broken by Lions linebacker Solomon Elimimian, who had 12 tackles for a total of 136 on the year.Hes a player I really respect in this league, Sherritt said. If your record is going to fall you want it to fall to a guy who deserves it and he deserves everything he got.The Lions dropped to 9-8 and into a tie with Saskatchewan for third place going into the final week of the regular season. Their offence, under the direction of Kevin Glenn most of the day, finished with just seven first downs and 161 total yards. Edmonton had 30 first downs and 559 yards total offence.B.Cs only points came on Paul McCallums first-quarter 21-yard field goal. Edmontons other touchdowns were scored by backup quarterback Pat White on a 10-yard run and a five-yard White to Calvin McCarty pass. Hugh ONeill kicked three field goals and four converts. ' ' '