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Gameday: Senators vs. Hurricanes

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
Tonight, the Hurricanes honor all of those in the public safety sector who serve our community and country. Thank you!


This is the gameday hub, where you can find all the latest news and information related to tonight’s Public Safety Appreciation Night 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. We’ll be passing along rinkside updates from the Hurricanes morning skate at PNC Arena at 10:30 a.m.

Last updated: 1:45 p.m.



PREGAME: PETERS
1:45 p.m.

Head coach Bill Peters met with the media after the Hurricanes' morning skate. Here's a bit of what he discussed.

On tonight's match-up with Ottawa: "They're a real quick team. They've got four lines that are balanced off. ... We're going to have to keep up in the specialty teams battle."

On special teams success: "We've had some practice time, so we've been able to work on that. The young guys that have come in on the penalty kill have been eager and done a good job getting in shooting lanes and doing heavy lifting there. The power play continues to be a work in progress with people shuffling in and out."

On Brendan Woods: "Woodsy came up last year, played a few games and was real good. He's got good speed and can get in on the forecheck. He's a big, physical, strong guy. If he's going to play for us down the road, he's got to be a guy who can get in on the forecheck and be disruptive. ... The challenge for him here tonight will be to make good decisions with the puck, get his feet going and be noticeable."

On how the trade deadline and moves that were made affect the remainder of the season: "We've played twice since the trade deadline and got three out of four points. We're not throwing in the towel. If you think we're going to lay over, you don't know our group. We're not laying down one bit. It stuns you; the trade was made right prior to a game. The player was here ready to go. He was on the power play, and the power play meeting was just about to start. He was coming in for the meeting. Now that game we're on tilt a little bit. Then we responded ... in New Jersey on the road and got a 3-1 win. Went into Tampa and had a 3-2 lead with 10 minutes to go. We're playing. We have a good foundation, great kids in that room and unbelievable veteran leadership."



CANES LINES: MORNING SKATE
10:30 a.m.

Based on line rushes in this morning's skate, here's the Canes lineup you can expect to see tonight.

Nordstrom-Staal-Lindholm
Skinner-Rask-Di Giuseppe
Gerbe-Nash-Malone
Woods-McClement-Terry

Slavin-Hainsey
Hanifin-Pesce
Jordan-Murphy

Ward
Lack

More updates from inside the room in just a bit!



CANES MAKE BRIEF STOP AT HOME
6:00 a.m.

SENATORS vs. HURRICANES
Senators vs. Hurricanes
PNC ARENA | 7 p.m.
TV: FOX SPORTS CAROLINAS | RADIO: 99.9 FM
ARTICLES
NOTEBOOK: WOODS GETS ANOTHER LOOK
CANES RECALL WOODS
CANES ACQUIRE DANE FOX FROM VANCOUVER
VIDEOS
RAW: BILL PETERS, MARCH 7
RAW: BRENDAN WOODS, MARCH 7
GAMEDAY LINKS
BUY TICKETS
PUBLIC SAFETY APPRECIATION NIGHT
SOUTH PLAZA EVENT
IN-GAME TWITTER
FIRST GOAL CONTEST
With 16 games remaining in the 2015-16 regular season, the Carolina Hurricanes make a brief return home to host the Ottawa Senators. It’s the team lone home game in the first 21 days of March.

The Hurricanes are coming off a 4-3 overtime loss in Tampa Bay on Saturday, a high-paced, up-and-down affair. Jeff Skinner and Victor Rask each tallied a goal and an assist in what was a well-earned point on the road against a playoff-bound team.

“It’s a great time of year. The hockey is very fast,” head coach Bill Peters said after a Monday practice. “I hope all the remaining games are like that – high level.”

Carolina (29-26-11) and Ottawa (31-29-7) each have 69 points in the standings and are on the outskirts of the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference.

“We’ve got a lot of important games,” Peters said. “Since the deadline, we’ve gotten three out of four points. We’re going to try to accumulate points and win games.”

Making his PNC Arena debut for the Hurricanes will be forward Brendan Woods, who skated in two games with the Canes last season around the Christmas holiday.

“Obviously I’m a little more prepared knowing what to expect,” Woods said after practice on Monday. “The nerves aren’t as nerve-wracking as what it was the first time getting the first call-up. I’m just coming here to have fun and prove my worth and what I can bring to the team.”

Woods skated on a line with Chris Terry and Jay McClement, who is expected to return from an upper-body injury, in Monday’s practice.

“We’ve got a real good idea of what he’s capable of doing,” said Peters, adding that he had spoken to Checkers head coach Mark Morris about Woods. “We’ll make sure he gets an opportunity.”

Cam Ward will start in net for the Hurricanes. He is 14-7-2 with a 2.37 goals-against average and one shutout in 24 career appearances against Ottawa.

The Senators are victorious in just one of their last four games, though they do own a better than .500 record in their last 10 games at 6-3-1. Tonight marks the third and final meeting of the season between these two teams. The Canes are undefeated in regulation in their last 14 games against the Senators at PNC Arena and have outscored Ottawa 47-21 in those games.

CANESPR NOTES: The Canes have killed off 26 of their last 28 penalties dating back to Feb. 16. The team has the seventh-ranked penalty kill at 83 percent. … The Hurricanes rank first in the league in faceoff win percentage (53.8 percent).



Michael Smith
MICHAEL SMITH is the Web Producer for the Carolina Hurricanes.

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