Fresh off an offensive surge against the Buffalo Sabres, the Ottawa Senators look to continue their winning ways with the Carolina Hurricanes in town.
The two teams met back in Raleigh last week with the Hurricanes controlling the play, on their way to a 1-0 win. Paul MacLean’s team will be looking for a different outcome tonight when they play the second game in a four game homestand.
Carolina is coming off what amounts to a mid-season vacation as they’ve had a couple days off since their 4-1 win in Toronto on Monday night. Two day breaks are pretty rare in this condensed schedule so you can expect a Canes team with a ton of jump. This is the third game on a six game road trip for Kirk Muller’s team.
The Sens are expected to have Sergei Gonchar back in the lineup tonight. Great news as this should help bring down Erik Karlsson’s minutes a little bit. Free agent acquisition Mike Lundin will make his Sens debut tonight, wearing #10.
For now Ottawa will carry eight defenceman which means Borowiecki and Wiercioch are healthy scratches. Daugavins is the scratch up front. Here is how the Sens lined up at the morning skate.
Craig Anderson gets another start in the Ottawa goal, his league leading tenth of the season.
Puck drop is just after 7:30 PM. Metro Family night down at SBP tonight which means you can get a ticket, a hot dog and a drink starting at just $24.75. With prices like that, why watch it on TV? Hope to see a packed house tonight.
- While Craig Anderson continues to steal the show here in Ottawa, Robin Lehner has been just as impressive down in Binghamton. Last night Lehner stopped 29 shots in a 3-0 win over the Adirondack Phantoms. The shutout was Lehner’s third of the season. Newest BSen Brett Lebda added an empty net goal and received some power play time in his Binghamton debut.
- Congratulations goes out to former-Ottawa Senator Wade Redden has he gets set to suit up in 1000th game in the National Hockey League. While the name Redden is rarely spoken in this city without the words, “We should have kept Chara”, the reality is Redden was a quality player for this organization and even better representative in the community. Congrats to Wade on an accomplishment that has been a long time coming!