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This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s tilt between the Carolina Hurricanes and Ottawa Senators in one handy location. Make this a regular stop throughout the day, as we update it with notes, photos and more as puck drop draws near.
A preview of tonight’s game can be found below. Just a handful of Canes will skate at Canadian Tire Centre in the morning, but we’ll have updates to pass along around midday. Check back here for more!Last updated: 6:45 p.m.
CANES LINES: WARM-UPS6:45 p.m.
All 23 players took warm-ups tonight, as expected, but here's how the Canes will look tonight with Brad Malone, Chris Terry and Brett Bellemore drawing into the lineup.
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Alexander Semin, Andrej Nestrasil and John-Michael Liles are the Canes' healthy extras. The puck will drop shortly after 7.
CANES TO JUGGLE LINEUP12:30 p.m.
Just a handful of players skated this morning with goaltender Anton Khudobin, who will get the nod in net tonight against the Senators.
Head coach Bill Peters said the plan is to dress all three players who did not play last night: Brad Malone, Chris Terry and Brett Bellemore. Who comes out, though, is still in question.
"We're going to warm all 23 up tonight," he said. "We've had some good discussion on that, and we'll make a decision here tonight."
The Canes will be seeking a bounce-back effort after being shut out 3-0 by the Vancouver Canucks.
"It's huge. It's the best way to do it, having the opportunity to get back in the win column," Peters said. "We're going to be challenged to be much better than we were last night. More commitment and a little more mental toughness are needed."
More from Peters, who spoke to us at noon today.On tonight's game plan:
"We need a bounce-back effort. ... We need guys to be better. We need the power play to be better and dangerous. We need to get off to a good start and build a game here tonight on the road."On offensive struggles last night:
"I don't think we had a problem getting through the neutral zone in the first period. The shots were 12-4. I didn't think we had enough desperation or hunger to score. I didn't think we stayed with it well once we got behind. To me, that was the game. ... We've got guys in all alone numerous times. You've got to find a way to score, especially if you're a goal scorer."On the struggles of the man advantage last night:
"The power play got outworked, in my opinion, and that's where the game turned. At the end of the first period we were a dominating team, and then we got the power play and didn't do anything with it."
HURRICANES LOOK TO BOUNCE BACK AGAINST SENS6:00 a.m.
A night after being shut out by Ryan Miller and the Vancouver Canucks at home, the Carolina Hurricanes are looking to bounce back against the Ottawa Senators.
The game is the first of three meetings between the two teams and the first in a two-game Canadian road trip that precedes the NHL All-Star break.
“This isn’t one that we’re too pleased with, so it’s nice to be able to have a little redemption tomorrow,” Riley Nash said after Friday night’s loss. “We’ve been playing some pretty good hockey. Getting back into the win column would be huge to get that confidence back and get that mojo going again.”
“I think it’s important for us tomorrow to show a little fight, a little response,” Eric Staal said. “We’ve got to find a way to elevate and make some plays.”
The tale of the tape in the Canes’ 3-0 loss to Vancouver? Ryan Miller was solid in net in back-to-back nights, stopping all 27 shots he faced, and the Hurricanes couldn’t generate enough offensively while surrendering quality chances against.
“We were on the attack, but we have to fight hard to find that first one. As the game went on, they got those bounces to get their two,” Staal said. “I don’t think we battled enough or worked enough to create more offensively.”
The Hurricanes continued their penalty killing prowess on Friday night, going two-for-two on the man disadvantage. They have not allowed a power-play goal in a franchise-best 12 consecutive games, killing off 30 penalties in that stretch.
Ottawa is coming off a 4-1 win over Montreal on Thursday. Prior to that, the Sens had won just two of their last six games. They are 4-4-2 in their last 10 games, and with 44 points, they rank seventh in the Atlantic Division.
In net, the Canes will turn to Anton Khudobin, who finished off the third period in Friday night’s shutout loss. Victorious in his last three starts, which were all shootout decisions, Khudobin made four saves in his relief effort. In four career appearances against Ottawa, he is a perfect 4-0-0 with a 1.75 goals-against average.
“We knew Dobby was going tomorrow, so it gave him a little bit extra work,” Peters said. “He’ll feel good going into the game.”
NOTES: The Canes have earned at least a point in 14 of the last 17 games against the Senators. They’ve posted an 11-3-3 record in that span. … Alexander Semin, who hasn’t scored a goal since Dec. 4, is a career point-per-game producer against Ottawa, recording 28 points (13g, 15a) in 25 games.