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Hurricanes roll into Ottawa tonight

Tuesday, 11.15.2005 / 12:00 AM ET / 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."

SCHEDULE

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AWAY
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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
2 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
3 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
4 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
5 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
6 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
7 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
8 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 53 11 48 7 59
B. Ryan 52 19 26 -1 45
M. Hoffman 49 23 18 6 41
M. Stone 51 14 24 -13 38
M. Zibanejad 52 11 21 -2 32
K. Turris 47 13 17 -10 30
J. Pageau 53 12 8 3 20
Z. Smith 52 10 5 5 15
C. Ceci 46 5 10 -3 15
C. Lazar 48 5 9 0 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 21 17 4 .913 2.91
A. Hammond 3 5 2 .900 3.10