The Senators have a win and loss against the Hurricanes this season, the most recent a 6-0 Senators’ shutout in Raleigh, N.C., on Dec. 12. Although goaltender Martin Gerber stopped all 31 shots in 54:27 of action, he didn’t start in the win, so, therefore, didn’t earn the victory. The former Hurricane came in to replace the injured Ray Emery (hip) at 5:24 of the first period, with the score 2-0 for Ottawa.
Gerber gets the start tonight and the chance to earn his 21st victory of the season, when Ottawa hosts Carolina at Scotiabank Place (7:30 p.m., Rogers Sportsnet, The TEAM 1200 Radio). Asked at his post-practice news conference what he expected from his goalies, head coach John Paddock said, “I’m looking for them both to stop the puck every night. It doesn’t have to be one. It’s supposed to be both.
“I think a little more consistent effort. Consistent production,” said Paddock when asked about what he wants from his team tonight. “When you lose a player like Dany (Heatley), we gotta find a way to win these games. We’ve been tied going into the third periods and we’ve had some specific breakdowns. Special teams have hurt us. If we do a better job in those situations, we win one or both of those games.”
Team captain Daniel Alfredsson
echoed his coach’s thoughts. “Overall, we can play a better game as a team. The big part now is special teams. We gotta find a way not to let in one or two goals (on penalty killing). If we do that, we put ourselves in a good position (to win).”Players join in Canadian Forces Appreciation Night
Tonight the Senators host the fourth annual Canadian Forces Appreciation Night for more than 2,600 Canadian Forces members and their families, thanks to the generosity of the CF supporters and Senators fans. More than 1,300 tickets were provided through the CF Appreciation Night supporters and another 1,300 were received from the Ottawa Senators Tickets for Troops campaign.
In honour of the special evening, Senators players (Spezza and Vermette in photo) donned Support The Troops baseball caps this morning after practice.
Five Senators also recorded messages of thanks to the troops, which will be played on the videoboard during tonight’s game.
All fans in attendance at the game are encouraged to wear red in support of the troops, while all Senators players will be sporting a Support our Troops ribbon on their helmets. Sensations at Scotiabank Place will also be selling specially produced camouflage T-shirts for $25, with proceeds donated to the Military Families Fund (MFF).