|Division Rank||8th Metro||5th Atlantic|
|Conference Rank||15th EC||9th EC|
|Streak||Won 1||Won 3|
|Power Play %||19.6%||16.6%|
|Penalty Kill %||85.3%||83.0%|
|ES Goals For %||43.4%||52.0%|
|ES Corsi For %||51.8%||50.3%|
|ES Save Percentage||.914||.930|
|ES Save Percentage||.903||.962|
- Top o' the morn, Canes Country readers. Today we have another Canes opponent and another goaltending story. Andrew Hammond, aka "The Hamburglar", played in relief for Robin Lehner after he collided with Clarke Macarthur in a game against the Canes in Ottawa on February 16th. Since that game, Hammond has amassed a 10-0-1 record with a .955 save percentage and 1.39 GAA and has taken over the reins from veteran netminder Craig Anderson.
- Hammond was named the NHL's third star last week for his 3-0-0 record that most recently included stopping all three shooters in a 2-1 shootout win against the Flyers on Sunday. He has never allowed more than two goals in a game, ever. If he can repeat that feat tonight he will tie a record that was set back in 1938.
- The task will not be an easy one. Hammond has a 5.71 GAA record against the Canes from the game in February, where he gave up two goals on five shots in relief of Lehner in the 6-3 loss. The Canes are 2-0-0 against the Senators this season, and 11-0-1 in their last 12 games against the Senators here at PNC Arena.
- The Senators come into tonight's game much like the Florida Panthers did on Saturday night, in desperate need of points to continue their playoff push. They are currently five points behind Boston for the last wild card spot.
- The Canes didn't practice yesterday after playing back-to-back games over the weekend, a 2-0 shutout loss at home to the Panthers Saturday followed by a 3-2 win in Columbus on Sunday.
- Rasmus Rissanen left Sunday's game early with what is now known to be an MCL injury. He's expected to miss three to four weeks, which essentially means his season is done after six games, sadly.
- There has been no word of a call-up from Charlotte (the Checkers are in San Antonio tonight), so presumably Ryan Murphy will be able to play after missing two games with illness. Otherwise the Canes will be down to five defensemen with tired legs going into their third game in four nights.
- The Canes are holding special events tonight to support the St. Baldrick's Foundation and the Kids 'n Community Foundation. The first 200 fans willing to shave their heads in support of St. Baldrick's will receive free admission to the game, and the Kids 'n Community Foundation will be selling St. Patrick's Day mystery pucks at their kiosk on the concourse. Visit the Hurricanes Promotions page for more details.
Hurricanes (from Sunday's game)
Injuries and Scratches: Jack Hillen (concussion), Rasmus Rissanen (MCL), Riley Nash
Senators (from Sunday's game):
Injuries and Scratches: Clarke Macarthur (IR concussion), Chris Neil (IR broken thumb), Chris Phillips (IR undisclosed), Robin Lehner (IR concussion), Colin Greening, Eric Gryba