This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s Hockey Fights Cancer match-up 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.
A preview of tonight’s tilt can be found below. The Hurricanes are currently scheduled to hold a 10:30 a.m. morning skate at PNC Arena, so check back then for updates.Last updated: 6:45 p.m.
CANES LINES: WARM-UPS6:45 p.m.
Head coach Bill Peters teased that he might juggle the lines tonight, and he indeed did. Below is how the team will line up tonight.
Healthy extras will be defenseman Noah Hanifin and forward Andrej Nestrasil, who skated this morning. This marks Hanifin's second game as a healthy scratch in his rookie season.
Best of luck to our friends down the road in their home opener at Bojangles' Coliseum!
BEFORE THE FACEOFF4:30 p.m.
Hear from both sides, as Michelle McMahon previews tonight's faceoff between the Senators and Hurricanes!
LINEUP NOTES AND PETERS QUOTES11:15 a.m.
It was a very limited skate this morning for the Hurricanes, as Cam Ward, Jay McClement and Andrej Nestrasil hit the ice around 10:30 a.m.
Shortly after, head coach Bill Peters spoke briefly with the media. He confirmed that Ward would indeed be the starter, reiterating that the plan in the back-to-back was to have both goaltenders play.
It also appears he will shuffle the deck and bring in two fresh bodies – Brad Malone and Michal Jordan – heading into tonight’s game. Just how they line up isn't set in stone.
A video of Peters' scrum is below, but here are some highlights:On tonight's match-up:
"We have to get off to a better start. I don't think we started on time last night, so that will be a priority this evening."On the month of November:
"It’s a good schedule coming up. We get to play, and you want to keep playing and get in the rhythm of playing. It’s very rare that you have four days between games, and we looked like we had a little bit of rust accumulation there in the first period, but then we got going."On tonight's opponent:
"They're a very good team that’s very good in transition. ... They’ll be dangerous and a good test this evening.”On how he wants to see his team play:
CANES HOST SENS TO CLOSE OUT HOMESTAND
A four-game homestand will draw to a close on Saturday night when the Carolina Hurricanes play host to the Ottawa Senators for the first of two times this season.
In the front half of a back-to-back set at home, the Canes were bested 4-1 by the Dallas Stars, the top team in the Western Conference. Carolina and Dallas were tied at one heading into the latter part of the third period when the Stars scored thrice, including an empty-net tally as time ticked down to zero, to come away victorious.
“It took a little while to get up to speed. It wasn’t the best start, but we got our legs under us and started playing consistent hockey,” said Jordan Staal, who opened the scoring just over three minutes into the second period. “Still found a way to beat ourselves, and it’s frustrating. Still a lot of good things, but we have to have that killer instinct to finish games.”
Among the positives the Canes can glean out of the game: they limited an otherwise potent Stars’ offense to just a goal for 50-plus minutes and Eddie Lack put forth a solid goaltending effort. Even still, the team did not come away with two points, but they have a chance to rebound with another puck drop tonight.
“We can’t really dwell on this one for too long when we play tomorrow,” Staal said after the game. “We have to let it go when we leave the rink and prepare for tomorrow.”
The Senators have won four of their last five games, and their last two victories have been decided in extra hockey; Ottawa defeated Montreal 2-1 in overtime on Nov. 3 and Winnipeg 3-2 in the shootout on Nov. 5. At 7-4-2 (16 points), the Senators slot in at second place in the Atlantic Division.
Cam Ward is expected to get the start in net for the Hurricanes. Peters cited Ward’s career numbers against Ottawa as a determining factor for which game he would start in the back-to-back set; in 23 career games against the Senators, Ward is 13-7-2 with a 2.38 goals-against average and one shutout.
Special teams will likely factor in tonight more than it did a night ago for Carolina. Friday’s game marked the first of the season and just the fourth home game in franchise history in which the Canes have not had a power-play opportunity.CANESPR NOTES:
The Hurricanes have dominated the Senators in Raleigh as of late. The Canes are 11-0-2 in their last 13 games between the two teams at PNC Arena. They’ve outscored Ottawa 44-19 in that time, and they’ve limited the Senators to one goal or fewer in nine of the 13 contests. … Jordan Staal has points in two straight games and in three of his last four games. He is one point shy of recording 100 points with the Canes.
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