NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, January 17th
(All times eastern)
Carolina Hurricanes (22-22-4) at Ottawa Senators (29-12-4), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The struggling Carolina Hurricanes will try to get back on
the right track this evening, when they visit the Eastern Conference-leading
Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place.
The Hurricanes have dropped three straight and seven of their last nine
contests. The rough stretch has allowed Atlanta to draw even with Carolina for
first place in the Southeast Division after the Hurricanes had the spot all to
themselves for most of the season.
Carolina's most recent setback came Tuesday evening in Toronto. Alexei
Ponikarovsky and Ian White scored third-period goals and Vesa Toskala made 21
saves to lead the Maple Leafs to a 5-4 decision at Air Canada Centre.
Rod Brind'Amour, Sergei Samsonov, Erik Cole and Andrew Ladd scored for the
Michael Leighton started in goal for Carolina and stopped all 11 shots he
faced in the first period, but was pulled after 40 minutes of action and
finished with 20 saves against 23 shots. Cam Ward surrendered two goals on 13
shots in relief.
The Hurricanes are 12-12-2 as the visiting team this year and have lost four
of their last six road contests.
Ottawa, meanwhile, has dropped two straight games and is in danger of losing
three in a row for the first time since an 11-game slide from November 21-
The Senators' latest setback came Tuesday against Washington, as Alexander
Semin had two goals and an assist to lead the Capitals to a 4-2 win at the
Verizon Center. The Caps also swept the season series against Ottawa, as they
won all four meetings.
Dean McAmmond and Wade Redden lit the lamp while Ray Emery turned away 23
shots for Ottawa, which has lost both of its games since losing Dany Heatley
to a separated right shoulder.
Daniel Alfredsson notched an assist in the loss to extend his point streak to
11 games. The Swedish superstar has nine goals and six helpers during his run
and is tied with Anaheim's Ryan Getzlaf for the longest current point streak
in the NHL.
The Senators are 15-7-2 as the host club this season and are playing the first
of two straight at home tonight. Ottawa will also welcome Tampa Bay on Sunday
Carolina and the Sens have split a pair of meetings this year, but Ottawa has
taken four of five and six of the last eight encounters, However, the
Hurricanes have been victorious in two of three and four of their last six
stops at Scotiabank Place.
01/17 10:45:04 ET