SENATORS (27-36-9) at HURRICANES (33-29-10)
TV: SNET-E (HD), FS-CR (HD)
Last 10: Ottawa 6-4-0; Carolina 4-5-1
Season series: The Senators and Hurricanes wrap up their four-game season series Tuesday in Raleigh. The teams split the games in Ottawa, while the Hurricanes won 7-1 in the other game played at RBC Center this season. Carolina will look to extend its home winning streak over the Senators to seven games.
Big story: The Hurricanes are fighting for their playoff lives, while the Senators will continue to try and spoil all of their opponents' chances at the post-season as they play out the final string of the 2010-11 campaign. The Eastern Conference's ninth-place Hurricanes (76 points) will need to gain ground on the eighth-place Buffalo Sabres (79 points), as both clubs have 10 games left to play on their respective schedules. Carolina has missed the playoffs the past two seasons.
Senators: With consecutive wins over the Devils last Thursday and the Lightning this past Saturday, the Senators are refusing to go quietly into the off-season. But now that it has no shot at this year's playoffs, all Ottawa can do is get a closer look at players that will return for next season and assess which direction the club is heading in.
One decision toward the future was made on Monday as Senators GM Bryan Murray announced that they signed goalie Craig Anderson to a four-year contract extension.
"We feel he's brought stability," Murray told reporters at Monday's press conference. "The (goaltending) position is one that we need if we're going to retool, rebuild and improve this hockey team going forward."
Hurricanes: Losing five of its last seven games has put Carolina on the steep uphill point on the road towards the final playoff berth in the East, but the good news is that they have one more head-to-head matchup against the eighth-place Sabres coming up on April 3. But before the Canes can get ahead of themselves, they will need to concentrate on beating the teams that reside behind them in the standings.
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