Ottawa Senators (32-20-6) at Carolina Hurricanes (24-24-8)
|Date & Time||Friday February 24, 2017, 7:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Carolina Hurricanes -131 / Ottawa Senators +119 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Ottawa Senators look to continue their road success as they skate into Raleigh to do battle with the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.
The Senators look to get another victory on the road with a short handed roster as they head into Raleigh to take on the struggling Hurricanes who are playing their way out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Ottawa will likely be without Mark Stone for at least another game who was sidelined with an injury last week and without him the Sens offense is pretty underwhelming and it could end up costing them a spot in the playoffs as well. Ottawa has had a pretty strong season and up until last week they looked as though they could make a serious run at the Canadiens for top spot in the Atlantic division, but know with the uncertainty surrounding some of their better players they are going to have to be creative and find new ways to score goals and win games.
The Hurricanes meanwhile look to continue their strong play on home ice as they are 17-8-1 in front of their fans this season, but they have dropped five of their last seven in Raleigh and five overall and currently sit in last place in the Eastern Conference. Carolina had a pretty strong start to the season and many thought they had a shot at sneaking into the playoffs as a wild card team but they are currently 12 points back of the Islanders for the final spot and will need a miracle if they’re going to challenge down the stretch. Carolina is expected to send Cam Ward to the crease as he will face off against Craig Anderson who has come back and played very well since his return to action earlier this month.
The Sens are 5-2 in their last seven games overall and 20-41 in their last 61 Friday games while the Canes are 2-7 in their last nine against the Eastern Conference and 6-2 in their last eight against the Atlantic. The Canes are struggling but have been good at home and with the Sens down some serious names here I give the edge to the home team.