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At the Wild: Hurricanes at Senators

by Chris Stevenson

OTTAWA -- The Ottawa Senators will try and win consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 29-Jan. 3 when they play the Carolina Hurricanes at Canadian Tire Centre on Monday.

The Senators will also get a look at forward Shane Prince, who was called up from Binghamton of the American Hockey League on Sunday and will make his NHL debut.

Prince, 22, was the Senators' second round pick (No. 61) in the 2011 NHL Draft.

With the Senators a longshot to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs, they are getting a look at some of their prospects. Forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who was called up Dec. 14, was returned to Binghamton, but it's expected he will be called up again this season. He had two goals and three assists in 23 games with Ottawa.

Prince is tied for the Binghamton scoring lead with 18 goals and 20 assists.

"It's a surreal feeling. Exciting, for sure," Prince said. "It's the call you're waiting for your whole life."

Prince was called up four years to the day the Senators traded forward Chris Kelly to the Boston Bruins for the pick they used to select Prince from the Ottawa 67's of the Ontario Hockey League.

"My conversation with Shane this morning simply is play. Don't get caught up in playing the perfect game because that's just going to add pressure," Senators coach Dave Cameron said.

"He's probably like the other 40 guys who are dressing, he's going to make a mistake. Don't let that inhibit your play. You're quick, you're fast, get some pucks to the net and have some fun with this."

Prince will play on a line with David Legwand and Erik Condra.

The Senators are 2-0-1 in their past three games and are coming off a 7-2 win against the Edmonton Oilers. They matched the most goals they've scored in a game this season.

Robin Lehner will start his ninth consecutive game in goal for Ottawa with No. 1 goaltender Craig Anderson out with a right hand injury.

Anderson skated Monday without a stick and no date has been set for his return.

The Hurricanes, in last place in the Metropolitan Division, are enjoying their best stretch of the season with a 9-5-3 record in 2015, but coach Bill Peters wasn't happy with what he saw in their 6-3 loss against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.

"It was one of our worst efforts of the year, definitely our worst effort since the new year, in Minnesota and I'm really excited to see how we bounce back," he said.

Peters will shake things up a bit Monday.

Center Victor Rask, 21, will come out of the lineup and be given a chance to watch the game.

"He'll learn a lot," Peters said. "He looks more mentally tired than physically tired and he's been making some mistakes he hasn't made all year."

Peters said Rask will return to the lineup Tuesday against the New York Islanders.

It's expected forwards Brad Malone and Chris Terry will go into the lineup in place of Rask and Alexander Semin. It will be Semin's 15th healthy scratch of the season.

Cam Ward will start in goal for the Hurricanes.

Here are the projected lineups:


Eric StaalJordan StaalJiri Tlusty

Jeff SkinnerRiley NashElias Lindholm

Nathan GerbeAndrej NestrasilChris Terry

Brad MaloneJay McClementPatrick Dwyer

Andrej SekeraJustin Faulk

Tim GleasonMichal Jordan

Ron HainseyBrett Bellemore

Cam Ward

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Alexander Semin, Victor Rask, John-Michael Liles

Injured: Ryan Murphy (lower body)


Mike HoffmanMika Zibanejad - Bobby Ryan

Milan MichalekKyle TurrisMark Stone

Clarke MacArthurCurtis LazarAlex Chiasson

Shane Prince - David LegwandErik Condra

Marc Methot - Erik Karlsson

Jared Cowen - Cody Ceci

Patrick Wiercioch - Eric Gryba

Robin Lehner

Andrew Hammond

Scratched: Mark Borowiecki

Injured: Zack Smith (wrist), Chris Neil (thumb), Craig Anderson (hand), Chris Phillips (undisclosed)

Status report: Cameron is continuing to rotate his young defensemen. Monday it will be Borowiecki's turn to sit with Cowen returning to the lineup after he was a healthy scratch against Edmonton on Saturday. Karlsson and Methot are the only defensemen not to have been healthy scratches this season for Ottawa. … With the Hurricanes facing back-to-back games, Peters didn't rule out Ward starting again Tuesday. … Nestrasil will move from wing to center. Peters said he wants to see him play each position so the Hurricanes can figure out where he is best suited.

Who's hot: Skinner has two goals in his past two games. … Karlsson has a goal and four assists in his past three games. … Hoffman has two goals and two assists in his past three games. … Turris has two goals and three assists in his past three games. … Ryan has four assists in his past two games.

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