NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Wednesday, December 12th
(All times eastern)
Ottawa Senators (18-7-3) at Carolina Hurricanes (16-12-3), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators are showing signs of rebounding from a
horrid stretch, and will try for their third straight win when they visit the
Carolina Hurricanes tonight at the RBC Center.
Ottawa was an incredible 16-3-0 before a seven-game losing streak from
November 21-December 4. That stretch included three shootout losses.
However, the Senators have countered with two straight wins and still lead the
Eastern Conference and the Northeast Division with 39 points. The club's most
recent win came on Friday in Dallas.
Antoine Vermette and Chris Kelly posted a goal and assist each to lead the
Sens past the Stars, 4-2, at American Airlines Center. Christoph Schubert and
Mike Fisher had a goal each for the Senators.
Ray Emery stopped 23-of-25 shots for his fourth win of the year.
Jason Spezza had a nine-game point streak snapped. He had four goals and 12
assists during the run and leads Ottawa with 24 helpers on the year.
However, Daniel Alfredsson tallied an assist to stretch his points streak to
five games. He has three goals and seven helpers over the stretch, and leads
the team with 40 points (19 goals, 21 assists).
Ottawa is 2-0-1 on a five-game road trip that wraps in Pittsburgh on Thursday.
The Senators are 8-2-2 as the visiting club this year.
The Hurricanes concluded a five-game road trip of their own on Sunday with a
5-2 loss versus the Red Wings, ending the swing with a 2-3-0 record.
Erik Cole had both goals for the Hurricanes, who play the first of back-to-
back home games tonight and are 8-5-1 at home this season. Cam Ward allowed
five goals on 38 shots.
Carolina is currently tied with New Jersey for the second most points in the
East with 35, which is also tops in the Southeast standings.
The Hurricanes will host Calgary on Friday.
Carolina posted a 5-3 victory in Ottawa on October 11, the Senators first loss
of the season after starting the year with five wins. The victory by the
Hurricanes snapped a three-game losing streak to the Sens, though the club has
lost three in a row at home to Ottawa.
12/12 10:31:49 ET