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It's cold in Raleigh, and colder in Ottawa. The Canes hope to heat things up on the ice as they take on the Senators tonight.


Carolina Hurricanes at Ottawa Senators
February 16, 2015 - 7:30 pm ET
Canadian Tire Centre - Ottawa, ON
TV - Fox Sports Carolinas
Radio - 99.9 FM The Fan
SB Nation Rival Blog - Silver Seven Sens

Fancy Stats

Hurricanes Senators
Record 19-28-7 22-22-10
Points 45 54
Division Rank 8th Metro 6th Atlantic
Conference Rank 15th EC 11th EC
Streak Lost 2 Won 1

Power Play % 16.6% 17.6%
Penalty Kill % 87.5% 83.2%
Goals/Game 2.15 2.76
Goals Against/Game 2.63 2.72
Shots/Game 29.8 30.1
Shots Against/Game 27.9 32.4
ES Goals For % 42.2% 49.0%
ES Corsi For % 51.2% 49.8%
ES PDO 97.1 100.6
PIM/Game 7.3 11.6

Goaltender Ward Lehner
Record 13-19-4 9-11-3
ES Save Percentage .912 .915
GAA 2.41 2.93

Goaltender Khudobin Hammond
Record 6-9-3 -
ES Save Percentage .903 -
GAA 2.69 -

Stats via and War on Ice

Game Notes

  • There's not a lot new to report after a 6-3 loss to the Wild Saturday night that head coach Bill Peters referred to as "It was as bad as we've played in a long time." The Canes arrived in Ottawa late Saturday night/Sunday morning and had a scheduled day off yesterday, so there are no updates as to line-up changes.
  • Anton Khudobin, in net for Saturday's loss, is 5-0-0 career against the Senators with a 1.80 GAA, so it is possible he could get tagged again for tonight's game. Since the Canes play again tomorrow night (at home against the Islanders), Khudobin and Cam Ward will likely each get a start over the next two days.
  • With two assists Saturday and five assists in his last three games, Justin Faulk now leads the team with 34 points (10g, 24a). Jeff Skinner has goals in two straight games. Alexander Semin is a career point-per-game player against the Senators with 28 points in 25 games played.
  • General Manager Ron Francis was in town and took advantage of yesterday's off day in Ottawa, according to Bob McKenzie:

  • The Canes have picked up a point in 15 of the last 18 games (12-3-3) played against the Senators, including a 3-2 win in Ottawa on January 17th.
  • The Senators come into tonight's game on the heels of a lopsided 7-2 win against the Oilers on Saturday. Milan Michalek, who has eight points (5g, 3a) in his last seven games, scored two goals and tallied an assist, and five other players also scored.
  • The Senators are currently in 11th place in the Eastern Conference, nine points out of a wild card spot.
  • With Craig Anderson recovering from a hand injury, goaltender Robin Lehner has made eight straight starts in net, posting a 3-4-1 record. Andrew Hammond played in one NHL game last season but has not seen any action since being called up from Binghamton to back up Lehner.
  • Chris Neil injured his thumb in a fight on Saturday and will not be in tonight's line-up. Also, the Senators assigned Jean-Gabriel Pageau to Binghamton after Saturday's game and called up Shane Prince, who will make his first NHL start tonight (we all know what that means).
  • The Senators did not hold a practice yesterday, so the line-ups will be updated for both teams after the morning skates.

Projected line-ups

Hurricanes (Updated 12:30 pm from morning skate)

Eric Staal - Jordan Staal - Jiri Tlusty
Jeff Skinner - Riley Nash - Elias Lindholm
Nathan Gerbe - Andrej Nestrasil - Chris Terry
Brad Malone - Jay McClement - Patrick Dwyer

Andrej Sekera - Justin Faulk
Tim Gleason - Michal Jordan
Ron Hainsey - Brett Bellemore

Cam Ward
Anton Khudobin

Injuries and Scratches: Ryan Murphy (IR lower body), Alexander Semin, Victor Rask, John-Michael Liles

Senators (Updated 11:30 am from morning skate):

Mike Hoffman - Mika Zibanejad - Bobby Ryan
Milan Michalek - Kyle Turris - Mark Stone
Clarke Macarthur - Curtis Lazar - Alex Chiasson
Shane Prince - David Legwand - Erik Condra

Marc Methot - Erik Karlsson
Patrick Wiercioch - Cody Ceci
Jared Cowen - Eric Gryba

Robin Lehner
Andrew Hammond

Injuries and Scratches: Craig Anderson (IR hand), Zack Smith (IR wrist), Chris Phillips, Chris Neil (hand), Mark Borowiecki