NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Sunday, January 11th (All times eastern)
Ottawa Senators (22-11-5-3) at Carolina Hurricanes (14-18-8-2), 5 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators try to get back on the winning track tonight when they travel to Raleigh to face the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center.
The Senators were dealt their first loss since December 13 on Friday night, as they fell to the Buffalo Sabres, 3-2, at HSBC Arena. Ottawa rallied from a 2-0 deficit with consecutive goals 25 seconds apart in the third period, but Rory Fitzpatrick scored late in the stanza to snap the tie.
Martin Havlat and Todd White both scored for the Senators, who had their six- game winning streak snapped, suffered their first defeat after tying a franchise record with an 11-game unbeaten streak (9-0-2) and lost for first time in eight road games (5-1-2). Patrick Lalime stopped 29 shots.
Bryan Smolinski posted an assist to give him three goals and four assists in his last four contests.
The Senators have 52 points and are five behind Toronto for first place in the Northeast Division.
Ottawa play the third test of a four-game swing on Sunday night in Carolina.
Carolina was dealt a 4-1 setback by the Washington Capitals at the MCI Center on Friday night. Jaromir Jagr posted a goal and two assists to lead the Capitals over their Southeast Division rivals.
Jeff O'Neill lit the lamp for Carolina in the first period, but the Caps scored four unanswered goals for the win. The Hurricanes are 0-5-1 in their last six trips to DC.
Kevin Weekes turned aside just 12 of the 16 shots he faced for the Hurricanes, who were seeking a season-best third straight win. They are now 2-4-0 in their last six overall.
The Canes have lost six of their last eight on the road.
Ottawa is unbeaten in the last nine meetings (7-0-2), including a 6-1 thrashing on November 20. The Senators are also unbeaten in their previous five trips (4-0-1) to Carolina.
01/11 10:59:30 ET