February 1, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Ottawa Senators center Kyle Turris (7) carries the puck during the 2nd period against the Carolina Hurricanes at the PNC center. The Hurricanes defeated the Senators 1-0. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Game #11 Preview – Carolina Hurricanes @ Ottawa Senators


For the second time in less than a week, the Senators face a Southeast Division foe that they have had some problems with in the past.

 

4-4-0, 10th Eastern Conference

 VS

6-3-1,T-2nd Eastern Conference

 

7:30 PM

TV: Rogers Sportsnet,   Radio:  Team 1200

 

HEAD TO HEAD

This is the second meeting of the season between the Senators and Canes.  Dan Ellis shut out the Senators and made Eric Staal‘s first period goal stand up in the 1-0 win last Friday.

 

LAST GAMES

Ottawa won its divisional matchup against Buffalo 4-3 on Tuesday, while the Hurricanes have had an extra day of rest after beating Toronto 4-1 on Monday.  Cam Ward made 41 saves for the win.

 

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Jeff Skinner, CAR – Skinner is second on the Hurricanes in goals and points, with 5 goals and 4 assists for 9 points in 8 games.  One of two Canes to be averaging a point per game or more (with Eric Staal).  Had 3 assists in Monday’s win over Toronto.

Milan Michalek, OTT – With the absence of Jason Spezza, Michalek will be counted on to provide offense for the Senators.  In the five games without his centreman, Michalek has only a goal and an assist, so more will be expected from him if the Senators are going to be successful in the long term.

 

TOP 3 STORYLINES FOR THE GAME

1. Ward Or Ellis – Who will get the start for the Canes?  Ward has struggled this season, but is coming off his best game on Monday.    Dan Ellis shut out the Senators 6 days ago but was pulled in his next start against the Flyers.

2. Lundin Ready To Debut? – One of Ottawa’s off-season free agent signings, Mike Lundin,  is finally ready to play after a broken finger.  When he gets into the lineup remains to be seen, but at least he is back on the payroll and ready to go.  The Senators will carry 8 defensemen for the time being.

3. Even Steven –   Since the last lockout they are exactly .500 against the Canes, before last weeks loss.  So if past history is any indication, the Senators will win this game now that they are one game below .500.


PARTING SHOT

The time is coming where Ottawa will hit a tough stretch in their schedule.  They need to win this type of game, especially at home, if they are going to stay in the playoff race.  They currently sit tied with the Bruins in points, but have played 2 extra games.  Banking the points early is vital to the success later.

 

Enjoy the game!

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