NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, March 20th
(All times eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (25-30-13-6) at Ottawa Senators (39-21-9-5), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators hope to patch together a winning streak
tonight when they continue their battle for the Northeast Division against the
Carolina Hurricanes at Corel Centre.
With 92 points, the Sens are tied with Toronto for second in the division -- a
point behind Boston. Ottawa is also within five of the Eastern Conference-
leading Tampa Bay Lightning.
On Thursday, Patrick Lalime made 23 saves for his fourth shutout of the
season, leading the Senators to a 2-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche at
the Corel Centre.
Peter Schaefer and Wade Redden scored goals just under a minute apart in the
first period for Ottawa, which returned home from a five-game road trip and
snapped a two-game losing streak.
On the injury front, the Sens were without captain Daniel Alfredsson for the
second straight game due to a thigh bruise. He is questionable to return this
The Senators improved to 7-0-1-1 in their last nine at home, but will next
embark on a six-game road trip that begins Tuesday in Boston.
Carolina, meanwhile, dropped a 4-3 overtime decision in Pittsburgh on Friday.
Aleksey Morozov scored 1:17 into the extra frame to provide the heroics for
Sean Hill recorded a goal and a helper for the Hurricanes, who fell to 6-0-1-3
in their last 10 road games. Bred Hedican and Kevyn Adams also scored in
defeat, while Justin Williams added two assists.
Goaltender Kevin Weekes, who appeared in his career-high 61st game of the
season, finished with 27 saves.
The Canes will host Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Ottawa is 2-0-1 against Carolina this season, and 8-0-3 in the last 11
meetings overall. The Hurricanes are 0-4-1 in their last five trips to the
03/20 10:16:37 ET