Almost 24 hours after stealing a point in Boston, the Carolina Hurricanes will be back in action against the Ottawa Senators tonight at 5 p.m. in Raleigh. The game will be televised on Fox Sports: Carolinas and on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.Hurricanes Lineup Ruutu – E. Staal – Tlusty Gerbe – J. Staal – Dwyer Skinner – Lindholm – Dvorak Bowman – Malhotra – Nash Sekera – Faulk Bellemore – Hainsey Gleason – Murphy Ward/Peters Possible Scratches: Semin and Khudobin (Injured). Harrison, Komisarek and Westgarth (Healthy). Senators Lineup Greening – Spezza – Michalek MacArthur – Turris – Ryan Conacher – Smith – Zibanejad Condra – Grant – Neil Methot – Karlsson Cowen – Wiercioch Borowiecki – Phillips Lehner/Anderson Possible Scratches: None.
The Senators should be one of the easier teams, the Canes are playing in the month of November, but that doesn’t mean the team can take Ottawa lightly. The team has excellent depth on offense with Jason Spezza, Milan Michalek and Bobby Ryan in the top six.
Cory Conacher also supplies some offense on the third line and then there is also Erik Karlsson on defense. The 23-year-old has no problem lugging the puck up the ice and has a tendency to create chances that way.
The Hurricanes forwards will be tasked with slowing him down, so whichever trio is on the ice will have to be well aware of Karlsson’s presence.
In yesterday’s game against the Bruins, it was the heroics of Cam Ward and Patrick Dwyer that kept the game alive, but the Canes could not earn a win as David Krejci scored in overtime.
The Hurricanes need a better effort against the Sens. It’s become a pattern lately that the team relies on whoever’s in net and one forward to score a timely goal that earns the Hurricanes in two points.
That was great when it was working, but things have started going downhill for the team.
As for the Hurricanes lineup, yesterday Kirk Muller chose to go with Kevin Westgarth instead of Riley Nash, most likely because of Shawn Thornton. The Senators have Chris Neil, so we may see the same lineup, unfortunately.
A recap will be posted after the game.
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