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Hurricanes roll into Ottawa tonight

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."

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06