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Preview: Hurricanes at Senators

Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson looking for third straight shutout; Carolina activates Ryan Murphy off injured reserve

by Chris Stevenson / Correspondent

HURRICANES (2-4-2) at SENATORS (5-3-0)

7:30 p.m. ET; RDS2, TSN5, FS-CR, NHL.TV

Hurricanes team scope

The Carolina Hurricanes continue a stretch in which they will play nine of their first 12 games on the road. They are 1-3-2 on the road and are coming off a 4-3 loss at home to the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday in which forward Jeff Skinner scored his third goal in two games. "We've been on the road for a lot of the season and this is a big game for us, especially coming off last game, we didn't get the result we wanted," Skinner said. "We want to turn that around." Skinner, who has five goals and six assists, is tied for second in the League with 11 points. He is on a line with Victor Rask and Lee Stempniak. "When we get rolling around the offensive zone and can get some zone time, that allows us to create some opportunities," Skinner said. "Right now, fortunately, they've been going in for us. Hopefully we can keep that going." The Hurricanes are 16-5-4 against the Senators since March 29, 2009. Defenseman Ryan Murphy (lower body) was activated off injured reserve Tuesday and is expected to play his first game of the season. Forward Martin Frk was claimed off waivers by the Detroit Red Wings.


Senators team scope

Goaltender Craig Anderson is coming off his second straight shutout, making 37 saves against the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday. He will start his second game since rejoining the Ottawa Senators after a one-game leave of absence following his wife Nicholle's cancer diagnosis. The Senators, who went 2-1-0 on their trip to Western Canada, will play 10 of 15 games in November at home. "We had a great road trip. A lot of things happened, both on and off the ice," Senators captain Erik Karlsson said. "Overall with our performance we are happy, but we have to make sure we come back with the same energy tonight and keep reminding ourselves we have a lot to do to accomplish what we want to accomplish. We're not going to be satisfied with anything we've done so far."


Hurricanes projected lineup

Jeff Skinner -- Victor Rask -- Lee Stempniak

Joakim Nordstrom -- Jordan Staal -- Andrej Nestrasil

Teuvo Teravainen -- Elias Lindholm -- Sebastian Aho

Viktor Stalberg -- Jay McClement -- Phillip Di Giuseppe

Ron Hainsey -- Justin Faulk

Jaccob Slavin -- Brett Pesce

Noah Hanifin -- Ryan Murphy

Cam Ward

Eddie Lack

Scratched: Klas Dahlbeck, Jakub Nakladal, Bryan Bickell

Injured: None.


Senators projected lineup

Mike Hoffman -- Derick Brassard -- Bobby Ryan

Zack Smith -- Kyle Turris -- Mark Stone

Ryan Dzingel -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Tom Pyatt

Matt Puempel -- Chris Kelly -- Chris Neil

Marc Methot -- Erik Karlsson 

Dion Phaneuf -- Cody Ceci  
Mark Borowiecki -- Chris Wideman

Craig Anderson

Chris Driedger

Scratched: Thomas Chabot, Matthew O'Connor

Injured: Andrew Hammond (groin), Clarke MacArthur (concussion).


Status report

Hurricanes coach Bill Peters said Murphy would be a game-time decision and the team could use Murphy's puck-moving ability. … Chabot will be a healthy scratch for the fifth game in a row. Senators coach Guy Boucher said a decision on whether to send the 19-year-old defenseman back to junior will be made in the next couple of days. He has played one game this season.


Who's hot

Skinner has three goals and three assists in his past two games. … Rask has three assists in his past two games. … Hoffman has a goal and an assist in his past two games.

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