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Monday, October 24th (All times eastern)

Ottawa Senators (6-0-0) at Carolina Hurricanes (4-2-1), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - After having Saturday's tilt in Florida postponed due to the threat of Hurricane Wilma, the Ottawa Senators seek a 7-0 start tonight when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center.

Ottawa is the only unbeaten team remaining in the Eastern Conference, while Nashville has yet to lose out west.

On Friday the Sens kept their run intact with a 4-1 win over the Lightning in Tampa. Dominik Hasek made 23 saves to anchor the victory.

Dany Heatley, Peter Schaefer and Chris Neil all had a goal and an assist for the Senators, who extended their best start in franchise history. Daniel Alfredsson also scored in the win.

Alfredsson (6g, 4a) and Heatley (3g, 6a) both stretched their points streaks to six games, while Neil moved his to five (4g, 3a).

The Senators have scored the first goal in five of their first six games this season.

Ottawa will host Montreal on Thursday.

Carolina, meanwhile, has won three of its last four games. On Saturday, Martin Gerber stopped all 17 shots he faced, as the Hurricanes defeated the Washington Capitals, 4-0, at the MCI Center.

Gerber was playing in place of starting goaltender Cam Ward, who left in the first period with an elbow injury after facing only one shot.

Ray Whitney had a goal and an assist in his Carolina debut. Whitney was on injured reserve for the first six games of the season with a groin injury. Cory Stillman and Rod Brind'Amour each chipped in a goal in the Carolina victory.

On the injury front, Ward underwent an MRI on his elbow Sunday, and his status has not been determined. Gerber is expected to start this evening.

Carolina opens a three-game homestand tonight and will host Boston on Wednesday.

Ottawa went 2-1-1 against Carolina in 2003-04 and is 8-1-3 in the last 12 meetings.

10/24 10:30:41 ET


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