Ottawa Senators (9-10-4) at Carolina Hurricanes (8-10-5)
|Date & Time||Sunday November 24, 2013, 5:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes +105 / Ottawa Senators -116 --- Over/Under: 5.5
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The Senators look to win their second straight road game as they head from Detroit to Raleigh to take on the Hurricanes a night after doubling up on the Red Wings. The Canes meanwhile look to shake off an overtime loss and get back in the win column in this one.
Ottawa has been a tale of two teams over the past couple of weeks and a large part of that seems to be correlational to who is between the pipes for the Sens as they seem to play better and win games when it’s Robin Lehner and struggle when it’s Craig Anderson. Anderson is the sole reason for the team’s success last season but after his early season injury this year he seems to have lost some confidence and while that may just be coincidental it seems like the Sens are a better and tougher unit when Anderson is on the bench. Lehner got a huge win in Detroit last night which means the Wings are likely to go back with Anderson in this one and he will try to put up a solid effort in an attempt to reclaim his number one role.
The Hurricanes have had their fair share of injuries as well invluding in the crease as Cam Ward has recently returned from a stint on the injured reserve but unlike in Ottawa it is clear that Ward is the best option on goal on the Hurricanes roster. Justin Peters did a decent job filling in when Ward was out but the latter is a world class netminder that has won a Conn Smythe Trophy and a Stanley Cup. Peters will get the call here though as the Canes are likely to wean Ward back into action which to me gives the Senators the edge as they’re a pesky road team and seem to come away with wins in games like these. However, I’m not confident at all in the Senators but I do like the total as I think both teams will get plenty of shots on goal and with the offensive fire power on both teams I think this one goes over the number.