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Gameday: Hurricanes at Senators

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
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OTTAWA – Remember when I said it was cold here last month? Well, it’s colder.

This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s game 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.

The Canes will be on the ice at Canadian Tire Centre for an 11:30 a.m. morning skate. Check back here then for lines and plenty more!

Last updated: 3:00 p.m.



COLD
3:00 p.m.

It's supposed to finally get on the right side of 0 degrees Fahrenheit this afternoon in Ottawa, which is currently a snow-blown, Hoth-like environment.

Though not as cold back in the Triangle right now, there is still some winter weather expected this evening and into tonight. Because of this, the Cool Bars event slated for the Downtown Raleigh Carolina Ale House has been canceled.

Not to worry: three Cool Bars stops remain, including another one at the new Downtown Raleigh Carolina Ale House location, which is set for the final road game of the season on Thursday, April 9.

Stay warm tonight, Caniacs!




QUOTE 'EM
1:00 p.m.

Head coach Bill Peters touched on a couple of subjects after the morning skate.

On the decision to scratch Victor Rask: "He needs to watch a game. He’ll learn a lot. He’ll meet with Roddy after the game and discuss what he sees. It looks like he’s more mentally tired than physically tired, making some mistakes that he hasn’t all year. He’s going to go right back in when we play the Islanders. It will be good to get him a little rest. He’ll recharge, and away we go."

On Andrej Nestrasil back in the middle: "We’ve have him in the middle a few times. Against Anaheim he was seven for 10 in the circle and real responsible in the defensive zone. He knows how to play. We don’t know for sure, moving forward, where Nesty is going to play. We know he can play each wing, and I know he likes the right side better than the left, but we have to know by the end of the season exactly where we project him moving forward. Is it going to be as a winger, or is it going to be as a center?"

On looking to bounce back in Ottawa last month and this month: "Totally different scenarios. Vancouver played real well, and we made a few mistakes that ended up in our net. We didn’t play well in Minny, so our battle level and compete need to be much better. The Vancouver and Ottawa sequence was a back-to-back, and this isn’t, so I expect us to have much more energy and execution."

On a potential goaltender for tomorrow's back-to-back vs. NYI: "We’ll take it game-by-game. You know how we beat it up on the plane on the way home. We’ll make an educated and intelligent decision and play the goaltender we think gives us our best chance."



CANES LINES: MORNING SKATE
11:45 a.m.

Here's how the Canes looked in this morning's skate at Canadian Tire Centre.

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Skinner-Nash-Lindholm
Gerbe-Nestrasil-Terry
Malone-McClement-Dwyer

Sekera-Faulk
Gleason-Jordan
Hainsey-Bellemore

Ward
Khudobin

Victor Rask, Alexander Semin and John-Michael Liles look to be the healthy extras.

We'll have more from inside the room following the skate.



CANES EYE REBOUND EFFORT IN OTTAWA
6:00 a.m.

HURRICANES at SENATORS
Hurricanes at Senators
CANADIAN TIRE CENTRE | 7:30 p.m.
TV: FOX SPORTS CAROLINAS | RADIO: 99.9 FM
ARTICLES
RECAP: CANES DOWNED BY RED-HOT WILD
INFOGRAPHIC: MIN 6, CAR 3
VIDEOS
HIGHLIGHTS: MIN 6, CAR 3
GAMEDAY LINKS
IN-GAME TWITTER
FIRST GOAL CONTEST
On the heels of a 6-3 defeat at the hands of the Minnesota Wild two nights ago, the Carolina Hurricanes will be looking for a rebound effort when they visit the Ottawa Senators tonight.

Aside from the Canes’ ability to battle back from a three-goal deficit and make it a one-goal hockey game in the second period, there wasn’t much redeeming about the loss to a Wild team that extended its point streak to 10 games.

“It was a very bizarre game,” head coach Bill Peters said. “It was as bad as we've played in a long time.”

Minnesota scored 75 seconds into the match, made it 2-0 before the first period was halfway over and added a third goal before the horn sounded in a game that got away from the Hurricanes early, despite their efforts to fight their way back into it in the second period.

“It's obviously not the start we wanted. It's tough when you dig yourself a hole three goals down in the first period,” said Jeff Skinner, who scored for the second time in as many games. “It's tough coming back, especially against a good team like that. Too big of a hole there.”

“Lack of compete,” Peters said, simply. “I thought we had some guys play. Just not enough guys competed or showed up on time. Too many passengers.”

The Canes will look to rebound against the Senators, a team they met a month ago in Ottawa. In that tilt, Carolina was coming off a 3-0 loss to Vancouver Canucks at home the night before, again looking to bounce back. They did so by breaking a 2-2 tie late in the third period to secure a 3-2 victory. Nathan Gerbe had the game-winning goal, and Anton Khudobin made 30 saves on 32 shots.

“It was a good effort,” Peters said after that game. “Everyone played good, valuable minutes, and we found a way.”

Tonight marks the third game in a five-game homestand for the Senators, who have won two of six games in February. They’re coming off a 7-2 trouncing of the Edmonton Oilers.

The Hurricanes, who will host the New York Islanders in the second half of a back-to-back set on Tuesday night in Raleigh, had a scheduled off day in Ottawa on Sunday. There has been no word on potential lineup changes or a starting goaltender.

NOTES: The Canes have earned at least a point in 15 of the last 18 games against the Senators. They are 12-3-3 in that time. … The Canes have killed 48 of their last 50 penalties (96 percent). Their 87.5 penalty-killing success rate ranks second best in the NHL.



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