Ottawa Senators (15-23-9) at Carolina Hurricanes (22-19-8)
|Date & Time||Tuesday January 30, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes -200 / Ottawa Senators +140 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Ottawa Senators and Carolina Hurricanes kick off their post all star schedule as the two sides meet up in Raleigh on Tuesday night.
The Sens are hoping for some good fortune as they head to the road to face off with the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night as they kick off their second half of the season with hopes of turning their disappointing campaign around. The Senators made it all the way to the Eastern Conference final last season and had high hopes heading into this season but they have been one of the league’s biggest disappointments as they sit near the bottom of the Eastern Conference and don’t look as though things are going to be any better heading into the second half unless they can find their scoring touch as they have been among the league’s worst offenses. The Sens are expected to send Craig Anderson to the crease here as he will face off against Cam Ward who continues to man the Hurricanes crease and to me gives the home side a bit of an edge in the crease in this contest.
The Hurricanes meanwhile have quietly pieced together a strong first half but because of the strength of the Metro division they have flown under the radar and don’t get the recognition they deserve as a potential dark horse in the Eastern Conference. Carolina has a pretty young roster with most of their significant pieces in line to be around for a while and that is huge news for the Canes as they have a chance to do some special things with this core and if they can add a piece or two at the deadline they could be competitive as early as this season. The Canes have dominated this series with a staggering 14-2 mark in their last 16 meetings and while they have struggled at home recently they should be able to right the ship here against a sluggish Senators team.
The Senators are 16-35 in their last 51 overall and are winless in their last six Tuesday games while Carolina is 9-4 in their last 13 against the Atlantic and winless in their last four home games. Ottawa has some big holes in their roster right now while Carolina seems to be on the way up and in this one I think the Canes extend their dominance in this series.