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Wednesday, February 28th (All times eastern)

Carolina Hurricanes (32-26-7) at Ottawa Senators (37-22-4), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Carolina Hurricanes and the Senators will complete a home-and-home series tonight, when they get together at Ottawa's Scotiabank Place.

The Senators won the opener of this set in Raleigh on Tuesday evening, as Jason Spezza had a goal and two assists to give Ottawa the 4-2 victory.

Dany Heatley added a goal and an assist and Wade Redden and Anton Volchenkov each had a goal for the red-hot Senators, who have won seven of their last eight contests.

Heatley, Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson each have eight-game point streaks intact.

Martin Gerber made 23 saves for Ottawa, which has 78 points and currently sits in fourth place in the Eastern Conference.

Eric Staal and Josef Vasicek each scored a goal and John Grahame made 31 saves for the Hurricanes, who had won three of four coming into Tuesday's contest.

Carolina has 71 points and has dropped out of the playoff picture for the time being, as the 'Canes are now one point behind Montreal and the Islanders for the final two postseason spots in the East.

The Senators have won two of three meetings with Carolina this year and four of the last five encounters overall.

Ottawa is 20-11-2 as the host club this year, while the Hurricanes are 16-13-3 away from the RBC Center.

The Senators made a move to add some offense before Tuesday's trade deadline, when they acquired left wing Oleg Saprykin from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2008 draft. Along with Saprykin, the Senators also get a seventh-round selection in this year's draft.

Saprykin has career-highs in every major offensive category this season, notching 14 goals and 20 assists for 34 points. He also left Phoenix as the team's leader in plus/minus this year with a plus-eight rating. The 26-year- old Russian is expected to make his debut with the Senators tonight.

Carolina's biggest move before the deadline came last Friday, when they nabbed veteran forward Anson Carter from the Columbus Blue Jackets for a 2008 fifth- round draft pick. Carter has played in two games with the Hurricanes so far and has yet to manage a point.

02/28 10:19:08 ET


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