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Carolina trying to end three-game skid; White returns for Ottawa

by Callum Fraser / Independent Correspondent

HURRICANES (9-6-1) at SENATORS (5-9-1)

7 p.m. ET; SN1, TVAS2, FS-CR, NHL.TV


The Game

The Carolina Hurricanes will try to end a three-game losing streak when they play the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday.

The Hurricanes have been outscored 13-6 in the streak. The are 4-6-1 since starting the season 5-0-0.

James Reimer, who hasn't won a game since Oct. 8, will start for Carolina. He is 2-3-0 with a .907 save percentage and 2.81 goals-against average in six games this season.

Senators forward Colin White, out since sustaining a hip injury on Oct. 21, returns to the lineup. He takes the spot on the second line of forward Artem Anisimov, who will be out long term after sustaining a groin injury in a 3-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday.

Anders Nilsson will make his third start in four games for Ottawa; he is 3-3-1 with a .923 save percentage and 2.92 goals-against average in seven games this season.


Players to watch

Hurricanes forward Andrei Svechnikov has been held without a point in his past two games after having has seven points (five goals, two assists) in his previous four games.

Senators forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau has five points (four goals, one assist) during a four-game point streak.


They said it

"It's going to be a competitive game. We've watched their last few games and they've been really good. They're playing fast … they're doing what their coach is asking them to do. We're going to have to be ready." -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour on the Senators

"Speed, skill down the middle. Most shot attempts in the league; they shoot from everywhere. They forecheck, they skate, their back end is really solid. One of the better teams in the League, if you look at it depth-wise. They're a deep team." -- Senators coach D.J. Smith on the Hurricanes


Hurricanes projected lineup

Andrei Svechnikov -- Sebastian Aho -- Warren Foegele

Nino Niederreiter -- Jordan Staal -- Teuvo Teravainen

Ryan Dzingel -- Lucas Wallmark -- Martin Necas

Brock McGinn -- Eetu Luostarinen -- Brian Gibbons

Jaccob Slavin -- Dougie Hamilton

Jake Gardiner -- Brett Pesce

Joel Edmundson -- Trevor van Riemsdyk

James Reimer

Petr Mrazek

Scratched: Haydn Fleury

Injured: Erik Haula (lower body), Jordan Martinook (core muscle surgery)


Senators projected lineup

Brady Tkachuk -- Chris Tierney -- Anthony Duclair

Vladislav Namestnikov -- Colin White -- Tyler Ennis

Nick Paul -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Connor Brown

Filip Chlapik -- J.C. Beaudin -- Jonathan Davidsson

Thomas Chabot -- Nikita Zaitsev

Erik Brannstrom -- Ron Hainsey

Mark Borowiecki -- Dylan DeMelo

Anders Nilsson

Craig Anderson

Scratched: Cody Goloubef, Bobby Ryan, Mikkel Boedker

Injured: Scott Sabourin (nose), Logan Brown (shoulder), Artem Anisimov (groin)


Status report

Martinook is back practicing with the Hurricanes … The Senators placed Anisimov on injured reserve and there is no timetable for his return.


Stat pack

Hamilton has nine points (three goals, six assists) in his past nine games. … The Senators have alternated wins and losses for the past seven games (4-3-0).

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