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Tuesday, 15.11.2005 / 12:00 AM / News
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Hurricanes roll into Ottawa tonight
"You have to be aware of top players, and he's one of them," said Alfredsson of Carolina's Eric Staal (photo)

Both the Ottawa Senators and Carolina Hurricanes will be playing to win back some respect tonight when they meet at the Corel Centre at 7:30 p.m.

 

The Hurricanes are coming off a 9-0 loss to the Atlanta Thrashers last weekend. The one-sided loss came after the Southeast Division-leading 'Canes rolled off nine straight victories. For Ottawa, they will be looking for revenge after the Hurricanes handed them their first loss of the season (first of just two this season) by a 3-2 score back on Oct. 24 in Carolina.

 

Senators coach Bryan Murray summarized what the Hurricanes did well in that first meeting.

 

"They played very well with the puck. Their (defence) joined the play well. Martin Gerber was pretty good in the third period. We got an early lead and forgot we had to keep playing."

 

Defenceman Wade Redden said Carolina never gave up, despite falling behind early on during the first game.

 

"We had a two-goal lead but they chipped away. They're a pretty scrappy team and they play well as a team. Tonight is going to be a good quick game."

 

Captain Daniel Alfredsson says his team will have to keep a close eye on one of the league's budding superstars.

 

"(Eric) Staal wasn't on the ice that much two years ago but he's one of the elite players in the league now. You have to be aware of top players, and he's one of them."

 

Asked to comment on Carolina's big loss to the Atlanta Thrashers in their last game, Murray warned they'd be much better tonight.

 

"You know full well what happened. When teams get comfortable and when you win, it becomes harder to win your next game. Emotions are different, and I believe what happened in Carolina is what was happening over here a little bit. We went to Boston (won 5-2 on Nov. 10) and felt very comfortable and didn't play very well, and Dominik Hasek didn't allow anything to happen. I think you'll see a fired up team come out against us tonight but we'll try to respond from the beating they took."

 

Dany Heatley agrees Carolina will be a tough opponent once again.

 

"When you lose like that after a streak, you're hungry and ready to go."

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 64 41 18 5 172 142 87
2 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
3 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
4 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
5 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
6 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
7 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
8 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 62 15 34 1 49
B. Ryan 58 17 31 9 48
K. Turris 62 16 29 -3 45
M. Hoffman 59 23 17 24 40
M. Stone 60 15 25 12 40
M. Zibanejad 60 16 19 3 35
C. MacArthur 53 13 13 -10 26
M. Michalek 57 11 15 -1 26
D. Legwand 60 8 14 -4 22
A. Chiasson 56 9 12 -8 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 13 11 7 .927 2.37
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02