The Carolina Hurricanes will attempt to close out an impressive 4-1 roundtrip in Canada’s snowy Capital City on Tuesday night as they take on the cellar-dwelling Ottawa Senators.
In order to get possible reinforcements into Ottawa before the heaviest stuff hit on Tuesday, the Canes recalled Patrick Brown on Monday, as Micheal Ferland missed practice due to assorted bumps and bruises, and a number of other Canes are dinged up during this long road stretch. No word yet on if Brown will draw into the lineup or not, but with no extras available previously, the Canes needed an extra body in the event that something came up.
There has been no confirmation on who will take the crease for the Canes either, but with time off before a weekend back-to-back, it will likely be Petr Mrazek between the pipes again for Carolina (Update 5:45 pm: Team has confirmed Curtis McElhinney will get the start in net). Below are the familiar lines expected for the Canes tonight:
Nino Niederreiter - Sebastian Aho - Justin Williams
Micheal Ferland - Lucas Wallmark - Teuvo Teravainen
Andrei Svechnikov - Jordan Martinook - Brock McGinn
Warren Foegele - Greg McKegg - Saku Maenalanen
Jaccob Slavin - Dougie Hamilton
Brett Pesce - Justin Faulk
Calvin de Haan - Trevor van Riemsdyk
Expected Scratches: Patrick Brown (healthy), Jordan Staal (IR upper-body)
With trade rumors swirling around just as swiftly as the blizzard around Ottawa, the Senators will look to block out all of the discussion and focus on the task at hand. Coach Guy Boucher has indicated that Anders Nilsson will take the net again, and his backup will be minor-league callup Filip Gustavsson after Craig Anderson was ruled out after...well, read for yourself:
Craig Anderson got a tennis ball in the eye yesterday in the gym. He won’t backup tonight but will make trip tomorrow.— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) February 12, 2019
Other than that, the Sens expect to roll with the same lines they used in their 5-2 thrashing of the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday. As you would expect in Canada, even with severe winter weather, the plan is for the game to take place as scheduled at 7:30 p.m., but as such, it could be a sparse audience for the last place Senators.
Tonight’s Sens game is still being played at @CdnTireCtr. With poor weather conditions we would remind anyone attending tonight to please drive safe and plan to take extra time for travel. #GoSensGo— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) February 12, 2019
The Canes will seek to gain a measure of revenge against a Sens team that handed them a 4-1 home defeat in January. Below are the lines that the Sens expect to roll out, perhaps for the final time with changes expected soon:
Ryan Dzingel - Matt Duchene - Bobby Ryan
Brady Tkachuk - Colin White - Mark Stone
Zack Smith - Jean-Gabriel Pageau - Magnus Paajarvi
Ben Harpur - Chris Tierney - Rudolfs Balcers
Thomas Chabot - Dylan Demelo
Maxime Lajoie - Cody Ceci
Mark Borowiecki - Christian Jaros
Injuries and Scratches: G Craig Anderson (eye), RW Darren Archibald (healthy), LW Mikkel Boedker (IR upper-body), RW Marian Gaborik (IR back), RW Jack Rodewald (IR undisclosed)