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This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s game between the Ottawa Senators and Carolina Hurricanes in one handy location. Make this a regular stop throughout the day, as we update it with notes, videos, photos and more as puck drop draws near.
We’ll have rinkside updates from the Canes’ 10:30 a.m. morning skate at PNC Arena, so check back here then for more!Last updated: 5:00 p.m.
BEFORE THE FACEOFF5:00 p.m.
Setting the table for tonight's St. Patrick's Day match-up between the Ottawa Senators and Carolina Hurricanes!
LINEUP NOTES AND PETERS QUOTES11:40 a.m.
Cam Ward was held out of this morning's skate due to an illness, head coach Bill Peters said. Ryan Murphy, who has missed the team's last two games with an illness as well, will be back in the lineup tonight.
Here's more of what Peters had to say following the skate.On the opposition:
"They're playing real well. They're not giving up anything defensively."On the first two meetings between the teams this season:
"One was a back-to-back, and we competed very hard in that game. I remember that. We had a little bit of travel. In the other game, we did a good job staying above people in the neutral zone and made it hard on them there. Same thing tonight. We have to stay above them and check for our chances. They're not going to give up many goals, so we have to be tight defensively and transition with speed."On Hillen, who has a concussion:
"He's doing better. He was in today. Feeling better, doing better. Hopefully we get him back, but there's no timetable with that injury."
CANES LINES: MORNING SKATE10:45 a.m.
Here's how the Canes lined up in this morning's skate.
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Cam Ward was not on the ice for the skate. Jorge Alves manned the net opposite Khudobin, who looks to make his second consecutive start.
We'll have more updates from inside the room in just a bit.
CANES AIM FOR SEASON SERIES SWEEP OF SENATORS6:00 a.m.
The Carolina Hurricanes will look to sweep the season series against Ottawa for the first time since 1995 when the Senators come to town for their only visit this season.
The Canes have twice defeated the Senators already this season by scores of 3-2 on Jan. 17 and 6-3 on Feb. 16, both in Ottawa.
Since the Canes’ 6-3 at Canadian Tire Centre a month ago, Ottawa has made somewhat of an unlikely surge. They’ve won 11 of 13 games and earned points in 12, backed by rookie goaltender Andrew Hammond, who the Canes will likely face in net. Hammond is 10-0-1 in his first 11 career NHL starts, and he was named the NHL’s third star of the week on Monday. The 27-year-old has yet to surrender more than two goals in one game.
The Senators now trail the Bruins by five points for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Hurricanes snapped a three-game winless streak with a 3-2 win over Columbus on Sunday, repaying the Blue Jackets’ come-from-behind 4-3 overtime victory in Raleigh from just six days prior.
“It was nice to play them again in such a short time and come into their rink to get a win,” said defenseman Justin Faulk, who netted his 14th goal of the season. “We played a full 60 minutes pretty much. We all contributed, and everyone played hard.”
“I thought we battled,” said defenseman John-Michael Liles, who was awarded the fireman’s helmet. “We got some timely goals.”
Timely goals, indeed. After the Blue Jackets scored with just 0.6 seconds left on the clock in the first period, the Hurricanes put a three-spot on the board in the second period to springboard the victory. Anton Khudobin posted 22 saves in net en route to his eighth win of the season
“He was really good in the third,” Liles said. “You could see maybe the back-to-back starting to get to us in the third, especially going down to five D. But at the same time, it was a big team effort, and everybody did their part for sure.”
The one piece of negative news emerging from that game is the MCL injury sustained by Rasmus Rissanen, who left his sixth career NHL game in the second period after landing awkwardly on his right leg. On Monday, it was announced that the 23-year-old defenseman will miss 3-4 weeks.
NOTES: The Canes are 11-0-1 in the last 12 games between the two teams in Raleigh. They have outscored the Senators 43-17 in those games. … The Canes are 13-3-3 in their last 19 games against Ottawa.