Jan 25, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Nathan Gerbe (14) carries the puck past the Ottawa Senators defesnemen Marc Methot (3) during the 2nd period at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes: Game #75 At Ottawa Senators

Mar 28, 2014; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Chicago Blackhawks right wing Kris Versteeg (23) and Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson (65) chase the puck in the first period at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

The Carolina Hurricanes (32-32-10) will take on their second team fighting for a playoff spot in the East for the second time in three days when they take on the Ottawa Senators (31-29-14) tonight at 7:30 p.m. The game will be televised on Fox Sports: Carolinas and broadcasted on the radio at 99.9 FM The Fan.

The Hurricanes have won the previous two meetings including a 6-3 win on Jan. 25.

Hurricanes’ Lineup
Jiri Tlusty – Eric Staal – Andrei Loktionov
Nathan Gerbe – Jordan Staal – Alexander Semin
Jeff Skinner – Riley Nash – Patrick Dwyer
Drayson Bowman – Manny Malhotra – Elias Lindholm
 
Andrej Sekera – Justin Faulk
John-Michael Liles – Ron Hainsey
Brett Bellemore – Jay Harrison
 
Cam Ward
[Anton Khudobin]
Possible Scratches: Mike Komisarek, Radek Dvorak and Justin Peters (Healthy).
 
Senators’ Lineup
Milan Michalek – Jason Spezza – Ales Hemsky
Clarke MacArthur – Kyle Turris – Mark Stone
Colin Greening – Zack Smith – Chris Neil
Mike Hoffman – Mika Zibanejad – Erik Condra
 
Marc Methot – Erik Karlsson
Eric Gryba – Jared Cowen
Cody Ceci – Patrick Wierioch
 
Craig Anderson/Robin Lehner
Possible Scratches: Bobby Ryan and Chris Phillips (Injured).

Hurricanes’ Outlook

In Saturday’s game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the team played a decent game, but mistakes led to the defeat. It’s hard to play mistake-free hockey, but the three that led to goals were pretty bad ones that shouldn’t have happened.

However, the Canes are getting some big plays from Andrei Loktionov, who has really jelled well with Eric Staal and Jeff Skinner nicely. Riley Nash also had a big game in creating the goals.

The defense needs to step up on taking shots. Jay Harrison is the only one that unloads from the point and deflected goals are a big part of a lot of team’s games. We’re not seeing that from the Hurricanes.

Cam Ward should be the starter tonight, as inferred from practice. The 30-year-old has had some success against the Senators and it allows Anton Khudobin to play tomorrow against the tougher Pittsburgh Penguins.

Senators’ Outlook

While the Senators are still in the hunt for a playoff spot, the team has pretty much fallen out of the main race over the past two weeks with a 3-4-3 record in their last 10.

However, they did get a big win yesterday, defeating the Calgary Flames, 6-3, scoring four unanswered and instilling some hope for a playoff rebound.

It won’t be easy though, as star Bobby Ryan is injured and will miss the remainder of the season.

The Senators are just like the Blue Jackets in that they know how important this game is and will fight for the win, even if they played yesterday.

Superstar defenseman Erik Karlsson leads the team with 70 points in 74 games. Jason Spezza has 61 in 69 games.

A recap will be posted after the game.

Tags: Andrei Loktionov Cam Ward Carolina Hurricanes

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