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Ottawa seeks third straight win; Carolina has lost four in row in regulation

by Kurt Dusterberg / Independent Correspondent

SENATORS (6-9-1) at HURRICANES (9-7-1) 

7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, TSN5, RDS, FS-CR, NHL.TV


The Game

The Ottawa Senators will try for their third straight win when they visit the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena on Monday.

Goalie Anders Nilsson is expected to start for the Senators; he made 38 saves in a 4-1 home win against the Hurricanes on Saturday and was named the NHLs First Star of the week on Monday, going 3-0-0 with a 1.64 goals-against average and .950 save percentage.

The Hurricanes have been outscored 17-7 during a four-game losing streak. They have three wins in their past 10 games (3-6-1) since starting the season 6-1-0.


Players to watch

Senators forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau has five goals in a four-game goal streak and six points in a five-game point streak.

Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton has at least one point 13 of 17 games this season.


They said it

"I think (Carolina) came back in the second and third and played hard. The one thing is, we're not going to lay down. We're going to play hard as well. We have to keep them away from the net, play mean, put it in behind them and go get them." -- Senators coach D.J. Smith

"When you don't score, it puts a lot of stress on everything. Every mistake you make gets magnified, then that becomes the crucial point of the game. If you score a couple here or there, you don't talk about some of the other mistakes. If we have to win 1-0, then that's the way we have to have the mindset." -- Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour


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)


Hurricanes projected lineup

Andrei Svechnikov -- Sebastian Aho -- Teuvo Teravainen

Ryan Dzingel -- Jordan Staal -- Warren Foegele

Nino Niederreiter -- Lucas Wallmark -- Martin Necas

Brock McGinn -- Eetu Luostarinen -- Brian Gibbons

Jaccob Slavin -- Dougie Hamilton

Joel Edmundson -- Brett Pesce

Jake Gardiner -- Haydn Fleury

Petr Mrazek

James Reimer

Scratched: Trevor van Riemsdyk

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


Status report

Teravainen moves to the top line with Aho and Svechnikov. ... McGinn, who was hit by a shot in the game on Saturday, will be a game-time decision. If he is unable to play, the Hurricanes will go with 11 forwards and seven defensemen. ... Brind'Amour said there is no timetable for Haula's return. He has missed three games and has not been skating.


Stat pack

Tkachuk has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his past six games. Duclair has eight points (five goals, three assists) in his past eight games. … Svechnikov has eight points (six goals, two assists) in his past seven games.

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