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Carolina eyes seventh win in 10 games; Ottawa seeks third straight victory

by Callum Fraser / Correspondent

HURRICANES (28-22-6) at SENATORS (21-29-5)

7:30 p.m. ET; TSN5, RDS, FS-CR, NHL.TV


The Game

The Carolina Hurricanes will try for their seventh win in 10 games when they visit the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Tuesday.

The Hurricanes, 6-2-1 in their past nine games, are three points behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

Goalie Petr Mrazek could start for Carolina, which will finish a five-game road trip, its longest of the season.

The Senators will try for their third straight win; they have outscored opponents 9-2 in their past two games following a five-game losing streak.

Goalie Anders Nilsson will start for Ottawa; he is 6-2-0 with a 1.88 goals-against average, .949 save percentage and one shutout in his past eight starts.


Players to watch

Hurricanes center Sebastian Aho has 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in his past 13 games.

Senators forward Mark Stone has five points (three goals, two assists) in a three-game point streak.


They said it

"We have to take away their time and space and get to our game. That's what we always talk about. When we do that, we look like a pretty good team. And when we don't, we're throwing caution to the wind and you never know what could happen." -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour


"It's actually pretty different each night in the NHL. Some nights you play against a team and you're like, 'Holy cow, I don't know what I was doing out there, I didn't have any space.' And then the next night, against the same team, can be a little bit different. It's just kind of how you feel. It's definitely a streaky league. You've got to just find a way to make yourself feel good every day." -- Senators forward Ryan Dzingel


Hurricanes projected lineup

Nino Niederreiter -- Sebastian Aho -- Justin Williams

Micheal Ferland -- Lucas Wallmark -- Teuvo Teravainen

Andrei Svechnikov -- Jordan Martinook -- Brock McGinn

Warren Foegele -- Greg McKegg -- Saku Maenalanen

Jaccob Slavin -- Dougie Hamilton

Brett Pesce -- Justin Faulk

Calvin de Haan -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

Petr Mrazek

Curtis McElhinney

Scratched: Patrick Brown

Injured: Jordan Staal (upper body)


Senators projected lineup

Brady Tkachuk -- Colin White -- Mark Stone

Ryan Dzingel -- Matt Duchene -- Bobby Ryan

Zack Smith -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Magnus Paajarvi

Chris Tierney -- Rudolfs Balcers

Thomas Chabot -- Dylan DeMelo

Maxime Lajoie -- Cody Ceci

Mark Borowiecki -- Christian Jaros

Ben Harpur

Anders Nilsson

Filip Gustavsson

Scratched: Darren Archibald

Injured: Mikkel Boedker (undisclosed), Craig Anderson (eye)


Status report

Ferland did not practice Monday because of soreness, but is expected to play. … The Hurricanes recalled Brown, a center, from Charlotte of the American Hockey League. … The Senators will dress 11 forwards and seven defensemen. … Ottawa recalled Gustavsson and Archibald, a forward, from Belleville of the AHL. … Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said Anderson won't play but is "90 percent" and will join Ottawa for its four-game road trip, which begins at the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.


Stat pack

Teravainen has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in his past nine games and is one point from 200 in the NHL.

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