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Carolina Hurricanes vs. Ottawa Senators: Game Preview and Discussion

The Carolina Hurricanes will try to build on a three game win streak tonight as they take on the Senators in Ottawa.

NHL: Carolina Hurricanes at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

The Hurricanes take on the NHL-worst Senators today in a Sunday matinee matchup as they try to extend their win streak to four games in a row.

Vital Statistics

Category Hurricanes Bruins
Category Hurricanes Bruins
Record 8-6 11-5
Goals/Game 2.79 3.31
Goals Against/Game 2.71 2.06
Shots/Game 30.9 34.3
Faceoff % 49.1% 53.3%
Power Play % (Rank) 10.0% (14) 31.9% (1)
Penalty Kill % (Rank) 70.8% (14) 85.7% (4)
ES Corsi For % 55.61% 51.66%
ES PDO 101.2% 101.0
PIM/Game 8:38 6:30

Goaltender #1

Category Petr Mrazek Tuukka Rask
Category Petr Mrazek Tuukka Rask
Record 5-5 11-5
Save % .894 .939
GAA 2.73 1.96

Goaltender #2

Category Curtis McElhinney Jaroslav Halak
Category Curtis McElhinney Jaroslav Halak
Record 3-1 0-0
Save % .943 N/A
GAA 1.70 N/A

Game Notes

  • This afternoon’s game is another Fox Sports Southeast broadcast (find the channel for your area here). Please note Spectrum Raleigh is now broadcasting FSSE on Channel 324.
  • Today is the first of three matchups between the Hurricanes and Senators this season. The Sens will visit Raleigh for the only time next Friday, and the Canes will make a return visit to Ottawa on February 12.
  • The Hurricanes have had the Sens’ number the past few years: 20-6-5 in their last 31 games, and they swept the season series last year. Overall, the Canes are 55-34-5 with eight ties against the Sens, and 22-23-3 with four ties on the road.
  • There are more than a few connections between the two teams. Curtis McElhinney payed seven games for the Sens in 2011, Canes hockey ops VP Rick Dudley was the Sens’ GM for one season in the late ‘90s, and even goalie coach Mike Bales played 22 games for Ottawa over a span of two seasons, from 1995-97.
  • By playing tonight, Justin Faulk will record his 518th game as a Hurricane, passing Niclas Wallin for number four all-time. Next up on the list: Tim Gleason at 546.
  • The Dougie Counter: 205 consecutive games with a shot and counting for Dougie Hamilton.
  • Andrei Svechnikov and Brady Tkachuk were both taken in the top-four of the 2018 NHL Draft, and they’ve had remarkably similar stat lines so far: 11 goals and 19 points for Svechnikov; 10 goals and 20 points for Tkachuk.
  • Jean-Gabriel Pageau has been activated from injured reserve and will return to the Senators lineup today after suffering an achilles injury in training camp.

Lines and Rosters

Carolina Hurricanes

Brock McGinn - Sebastian Aho - Teuvo Teravainen
Jordan Martinook - Lucas Wallmark - Justin Williams
Andrei Svechnikov - Victor Rask - Micheal Ferland
Warren Foegele - Greg McKegg - Saku Maenalanen

Jaccob Slavin - Brett Pesce
Calvin de Haan - Justin Faulk
Trevor van Riemsdyk - Dougie Hamilton

Petr Mrazek
Curtis McElhinney

Injuries and Scratches: Clark Bishop (lower body), Jordan Staal (IR, upper body)

Ottawa Senators

Brady Tkachuk – Colin WhiteMark Stone
Ryan DzingelMatt DucheneBobby Ryan
Rudolfs BalcersChris TierneyMagnus Paajarvi
Zack Smith – Jean-Gabriel Pageau – Mikkel Boedker

Christian WolaninCody Ceci
Ben Harpur – Dylan DeMelo
Mark BorowieckiChristian Jaros

Marcus Hogberg
Anders Nilsson

Injuries and Scratches: Craig Anderson (concussion), Thomas Chabot (upper body), Mike Condon (hip), Justin Falk (upper body), Maxime Lajoie (healthy), Nick Paul (healthy)