The Carolina Hurricanes will make up their originally scheduled Friday night game against the Ottawa Senators today at noon in an effort to string together a three-game winning streak. The game will be televised on Fox Sports: Carolinas and broadcasted on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.
The two teams met once before on Nov. 24. The Canes won by a convincing 4-1 score.Hurricanes’ Lineup: Jiri Tlusty – Eric Staal – Alexander Semin Nathan Gerbe – Jordan Staal – Drayson Bowman Jeff Skinner – Elias Lindholm – Tuomo Ruutu Manny Malhotra – Riley Nash – Radek Dvorak Andrej Sekera – Justin Faulk John-Michael Liles – Ron Hainsey Jay Harrison – Mike Komisarek Anton Khudobin/Justin Peters Possible Scratches: Cam Ward and Patrick Dwyer (Injured). Brett Bellemore (Healthy). Senators’ Lineup: Zach Smith - Jason Spezza – Erik Condra Clarke MacArthur – Kyle Turris – Bobby Ryan Cory Conacher – Mika Zibanejad – Milan Michalek Colin Greening – Stephane Da Costa – Chris Neil Jared Cowen- Erik Karlsson Cody Ceci – Chris Phillips Eric Gryba – Patrick Wiercioch Robin Lehner/Craig Anderson Possible Scratches: Marc Methot (Injured).
Hurricanes’ Outlook: After defeating the Philadelphia Flyers with six minutes left in the game, the Hurricanes were able to make a quick turnaround and have another strong third period, dismantling the Buffalo Sabres, 5-3.
The first line has been the story of the past two games, scoring five of the Canes’ eight goals in the two matches. However, Eric Staal is the only linemate to not score. But the captain is still creating the opportunities for his linemates.
Drayson Bowman returned to the lineup on Thursday night, while Patrick Dwyer missed the game. He also missed practice yesterday. With everyone else healthy, expect Dwyer to be given plenty of time to heal.
Anton Khudobin was in net against the Sabres and just like most games, it will be a question if he’ll be in net again – not because of bad play, but because of a heavy workload.
Senators’ Outlook: After a tough start to the season, the Senators are fighting back sitting sixth in the Atlantic Division. The team has an impressive 6-1-3 record in their last 10.
One player that is usually relied on in Ottawa, Craig Anderson, has not been the rock he has been for the Sens and the team is starting to turn more to Robin Lehner in net, however, a starter has not been announced yet.
The Canes will have to watch for the Senators’ speed and transition game in this one, while finding opportunities against an inconsistent defense.
A recap will be posted after the game.