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
6-3-1,T-2nd Eastern Conference
TV: Rogers Sportsnet, Radio: Team 1200
HEAD TO HEAD
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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.
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!