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Game Day 5: Sens @ Hurricanes

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

The road trip continues with a stop in Raleigh tonight and we've got 5 things to get you ready before the Sens take on the Hurricanes.

1. Starting Goalies

Craig Anderson gets the start in goal tonight against the Hurricanes. Anderson is coming off a strong, 29-save performance on Tuesday against the Devils which upped his record on the season to 15-7-1.

 Tweet from @Media_Sens: #Sens coach Boucher indicates to the media that he expects no lineup changes tonight. Hoffman is out and Stone is doubtful. Anderson starts.

At the other end of the rink, Eddie Lack gets the call for the Hurricanes. Lack has not played much this season and when he has he hasn't been great posting a record on 1-3-1 this year with a goals against average just under 4.

 

2. Previous meeting

We're rewinding all the way back to November 26th, 2016 when the Sens edged the Hurricanes 2-1 in Ottawa. Dion Phaneuf and Kyle Turris provided the offence for the Sens while Craig Anderson sparkled stopping 32 of the 33 shots he faced.

Check out the full highlights from that game below...

Video: Turris' late goal helps Sens edge Hurricanes, 2-1

 

3. Projected line-up

The coach provided a few updates today and it looks like Mike Hoffman is out and Mark Stone is doubtful which means we're probably looking at the same line-up as last game. Need a refresher on what that looked like? Here's how the lines and pairing are shaping up...

Tweet from @Senators: Likely no changes to the #Sens line-up tonight with Hoffman out and Stone doubtful. Here's how we're projecting it to look: pic.twitter.com/D2HUIi36OE

 

4. Bullet stats

While I was doing my game prep for tonight, I stumbled across a few things I found interesting so a new Game Day 5 category has been born. Some good bulletpoints before tonight's game...

  • Have you heard that narrative that the Sens struggle against the Hurricanes? I sure have. Turns out the Sens have won 3 of their last 4 against Carolina.
  • The Sens are 35-26-5-6 all-time against the Hurricanes but have a losing record against them in Raleigh (12-16-4-3).
  • Ottawa's only played two games on Fridays this season and are 1-1-0.
  • The Sens have never recorded a hat trick against the Hurricanes.
  • In his rookie season back in 2005, Chris Kelly received a career-high 27 PIMs against the Hurricanes in a 6-2 win after pummeling Chad LaRose for a hit from behind on Patrick Eaves.

Watch: Youtube Video

 

5. Where to watch

We've got ourselves a 7:30 p.m. start tonight in Raleigh and you can catch all the action on TSN5 and RDS but hey...it's Friday. Why not get out of the house, watch the Sens game and possibly win something awesome?

Bacardi and Sens House are giving away two trips to see the Sens take on the Habs in Montreal. Details in the tweet below...

Tweet from @Senators: Tonight at @SensHouseOttawa you can win 1 of 2 trips to see #Sens play in MTL including train and hotel. RESERVE: https://t.co/RjrKjLIrPs pic.twitter.com/sTR4t3VTyd

 

 

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