Carolina Hurricanes (14-24-5) at Ottawa Senators (18-17-8)
|Date & Time||Saturday January 17, 2015, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Ottawa Senators -145 / Carolina Hurricanes +131 --- Over/Under: 5
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The Senators look for their second win in as many games as they welcome the Hurricanes to the Canadian Tire Centre on Saturday night.
The Hurricanes will look to shake off a 3-0 shutout loss at home last night to the Vancouver Canucks as they hit the road to face the Senators in Ottawa who is coming off an impressive home ice win over the Montreal Canadiens. The dismal season for Carolina continued in a losing effort last night putting a dent in their home ice mark and now they take to the road in search of just their fifth victory away from Raleigh all season which is third worst in hockey only to the Sabres and Edmonton Oilers. Carolina is in position to land a respectable draft pick that should go a long way in helping this team get back to relevance but it could come at a price as they could ship out some of their top end roster players for prospects and draft picks as the season goes along. Anton Khudobin is expected to get the start in goal for Carolina as he will go up against Craig Anderson for the Sens.
Ottawa has had a bit of a rough go so far this season as well as expectations were sky high for the Sens in the preseason but they currently sit in seventh place in the Atlantic and face an uphill climb to the postseason. The Sens are a tough team to sort out though as they have the roster to be competitive but simply haven't found the consistency necessary to be a playoff team and now with the Bruins and Red Wings heating up they can pretty well forget about the playoffs unless one of those two teams begins to slide. Craig Anderson has been the better of the two goalies for Ottawa this season and he will look to give them a spark on home ice and while the price is a bit steep for a Sens team that hasn’t been overly impressive this season I think it is worth a swing especially with Ottawa at home and the Canes having such a bad season.