Gameday: Carolina Hurricanes vs. Ottawa Senators

The Carolina Hurricanes will look to win their second game in a row against the Ottawa Senators after beating the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.

In that game Jeff Skinner, Jiri Tlusty and Justin Peters all had strong efforts to earn the win for the team. Skinner scored his second goal in a row on the power-play, while Tlusty added two goals in the game and Peters played a strong game including an amazing glove save on Jaromir Jagr.

Coach Kirk Muller has not announced who will be the starting goalie, but given that Peters has started the last three and has had strong efforts, it is expected that the 26-year-old will be in net for the Canes.

UPDATE: Muller announced that Peters will be in net tonight.

Although the Senators have been without star players Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson for most of the season, the team is currently sitting at 6th place in the Eastern Conference. The main reason for the Sens’ success has been the play of Craig Anderson. Before Anderson went down with an

Craig Anderson will be tough to beat for the Hurricanes’ offense. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

injury, the American-netminder was a front-runner for the Vezina Trophy. Since coming back from injury Anderson has lost two games, but won his last against the New Jersey Devils.

The Hurricanes will have to figure out a way to solve Anderson similar to how they did against Tuukka Rask if they want to beat the Senators. Ottawa also plays a gritty offensive game, so defensemen Tim Gleason and Jay Harrison will have to be ready to play a tough game in the defensive end.

The Sens also have the second-best penalty kill percentage in the NHL. The Canes were struggling on the man-advantage in late March, but in the past three games have clicked for three goals. If Carolina can continue its power-play goal streak past the Senators game, it would mean a lot to the specialty teams that have dealt with a lot of problems this season.

Look for Jordan Staal to have a big presence in the offensive end. His line of Skinner and Chad LaRose played well against the Bruins and helped end the team’s seven-game losing streak.

Topics: Jeff Skinner, Justin Peters

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