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Methot back for Senators for early start

Saturday, 01.25.2014 / 9:00 AM

By Kurt Dusterberg - NHL.com Correspondent / 2013-2014 At the Rink Blog

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Methot back for Senators for early start

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Ottawa Senators will try to overcome two frustrating trends when they face the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday at noon.

In games that start before 7 p.m., the Senators are 1-7-2 this season. Then there is the issue of playing at Carolina, where the Hurricanes are 10-0-1 against the Senators in the past 11 games.

Ottawa defenseman Marc Methot is expected to return to the lineup after sitting out the past two games.

Carolina forward Patrick Dwyer will miss his second straight game with a lower-body injury.

Here are the projected lineups:

SENATORS

Clarke MacArthur - Kyle Turris - Bobby Ryan

Milan Michalek - Jason Spezza - Mika Zibanejad

Colin Greening - Zack Smith - Chris Neil

Cory Conacher - Stephane Da Costa - Erik Condra

Jared Cowan - Erik Karlsson

Marc Methot - Chris Phillips

Eric Gryba - Cody Ceci

Robin Lehner

Craig Anderson

HURRICANES

Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Alexander Semin

Jeff Skinner - Jordan Staal - Elias Lindholm

Drayson Bowman - Manny Malhotra - Nathan Gerbe

Tuomo Ruutu - Riley Nash - Radek Dvorak

Andrej Sekera - Justin Faulk

Ron Hainsey - John-Michael Liles

Mike Komisarek - Jay Harrison

Anton Khudobin

Justin Peters

Injured: Patrick Dwyer (lower body), Cam Ward (lower body)

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