Carolina Hurricanes: Three Keys to Payback Against the Ottawa Senators

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RALEIGH, NC – NOVEMBER 1: Sebastian Aho #20 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates with the puck during an NHL game against the Detroit Red Wings on November 1, 2019 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)

After suffering through four straight losses, including a loss in Ottawa on Saturday, the Hurricanes should be eager to get back to their winning ways at home tonight.

Obviously, the Hurricanes having lost 4 games to 4 teams that were all trailing them in the standings at puck-drop is not ideal, to say the least. Especially with one of those teams being the lowly Ottawa Senators.

But as an Ottawa native, I see a lot of the Sens and I’ll tell you first hand not to slight them. Despite having a lackluster roster, they play hard, they’re well coached, and as evidenced first-hand by Canes fans on Saturday night, they have a phenomenal goaltender in Anders Nilsson.

Though the boxscore numbers would dictate that Carolina controlled the game (outshot Ottawa 39-29, won 55% of the faceoffs, won the special teams battle) that was ultimately not the case. The Hurricanes were done in by lazy line changes and poor defensive positioning, as well as some rebounds that James Reimer unquestionably wants back.

But Ottawa is beatable. And, truthfully, any team in the NHL is beatable the Hurricanes play their game. So what are some things they should focus on to claim the back half of their home-and-home with Ottawa?

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