RALEIGH, N.C. -- Here are the projected lineups for the Ottawa Senators and Carolina Hurricanes ahead of their game Friday at PNC Arena:
Milan Michalek - Kyle Turris - Daniel Alfredsson
Colin Greening - Zack Smith - Chris Neil
Jim O'Brien - Mika Zibanejad - Erik Condra
Kaspars Daugavins - Peter Regin - Jakob Silfverberg
Marc Methot - Erik Karlsson
Chris Phillips - Andre Benoit
Patrick Wiercioch - Sergei Gonchar
Scratches: Mark Borowiecki
Illness: Guillaume Latendresse (flu)
Injured: Jason Spezza
Jiri Tlusty - Eric Staal - Alexander Semin
Jeff Skinner - Jordan Staal - Zac Dalpe
Drayson Bowman - Jussi Jokinen - Patrick Dwyer
Andreas Nodl - Tim Brent - Chad LaRose
Justin Faulk - Tim Gleason
Joni Pitkanen - Jamie McBain
Joe Corvo - Jay Harrison
Scratched: Kevin Westgarth, Bobby Sanguinetti
The Senators are beginning to deal with the reality of playing a couple months without center Jason Spezza, who is out after surgery to fix a herniated disc in his back.
"Jason is one of those special players in the League that can make something out of nothing," Ottawa coach Paul MacLean said. "We don't have someone like that to go in there, but we certainly feel very confident about the depth of our team to play with four lines and to play with tempo."
While Spezza's offense will be missed, MacLean said he expects to learn more about his forward group in Spezza's absence.
"We're actually excited by the fact that it's a great opportunity, not only for individuals, but for the team, to play," he said. "It's not necessarily who's out, but who's in. Let's come and play hard. They're not going to wait for us. We're really more concerned about the players who are available to play."
Guillaume Latendresse, who has the flu, is expected to miss Friday's game at Carolina and Sunday's game at Montreal.
For the Hurricanes, Dan Ellis will start in goal for the second time in three games. He stopped 40 of 41 shots in a 3-1 win at the Buffalo Sabres on Jan. 25.