Wednesday, March 29, 2023
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NHL Preview: Ottawa Senators (27-25-4) at Carolina Hurricanes (38-10-8)


LAST GAME: Feb. 20, 3-1 loss at Boston: Pastrnak scored twice including his 40th goal of the campaign as Boston earned a 3-1 victory at TD Garden. He became the fifth Bruins player with consecutive 40-goal seasons. DeBrusk opened the scoring for the home side as Boston reached the 90-point mark to match the NHL record for fewest games to 90 points in a season. McAvoy provided an assist on each of the Bruins’ three goals. Giroux had Ottawa’s lone goal in the contest giving him 23 on the year, tied for sixth most by a player in their first year with the team. Ullmark earned the win for Boston with 30 saves while Mandolese took the loss for Ottawa in turning aside 30 shots. Scratches: Brassard, Heatherington; Injuries: Forsberg, Holden, Norris, Sanderson, Talbot; Shots: OTT – 31,
BOS – 32; PP: OTT – 0-3, BOS – 0-4.

BROADCAST INFORMATION: This evening’s game against Carolina will be broadcast regionally on TSN5 and RDS2. On the radio, the game will be available locally via TSN 1200 (English) and 94,5 Unique-FM (French).

WHAT’S NEXT: Ottawa concludes a three-game road trip tomorrow evening at Montreal at 7 p.m. The contest will mark the fourth of four regular-season meetings and the second of two matchups at Bell Centre.

INJURY REPORT: G Forsberg and C Norris are on IR and will not oppose the Hurricanes this evening. Total man-games lost: 203.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS: Re-assigned D Heatherington, D Larsson and G Mandolese to Belleville (AHL) on Feb. 20; Acquired future considerations from Chicago in exchange for D Zaitsev and two draft picks on Feb. 22; Recalled D Larsson from the B-Sens on Feb. 24.

OTTAWA vs. CAROLINA – History:
2022-23 (0-0-0): Feb. 24 @ Carolina, March 4 @ Carolina, March 10 @ Ottawa
2021-22 (2-0-1): 12/2/21 @ Carolina (3-2 win), 1/27/22 @ Ottawa (3-2 SO loss), 2/8/22 @ Ottawa (4-3 win)
Series record (includes Hartford): Overall: 43-52-8-7; Home: 28-21-4-4; Away: 15-31-4-3
Last Ottawa win: @ Ottawa: 2/8/22 (4-3); @ Carolina: 12/2/21 (3-2)
Last Carolina win: @ Ottawa: 1/27/22 (3-2 SO); @ Carolina: 11/11/19 (8-2)
Last OT result: 11/1/16 (2-1 OT win) @ Ottawa
Last shootout: 1/27/22 (3-2 SO loss) @ Ottawa
Most goals, game: Scored: 6, (5x, Last: 12/12/07, 6-0 win); Allowed: 8, (11/11/19, 8-2 loss); Both teams: 11, (3/18/03, 6-5 win)
Last Game: 2/8/22, 4-3 win @ Ottawa; OTT Goals: Tkachuk (x2), Formenton, Tierney; CAR Goals: Svechnikov, Smith, Trocheck;
OTT Scratches: Bishop, Kelly, Mete; OTT Injuries: Batherson, Norris, Pinto, Sabourin, White; OTT Goalie: Forsberg; CAR Goalie:
Raanta; OTT PP: 0-5; CAR PP: 0-4; Shots: 31-45.
Career vs. Carolina: Giroux leads all players in career games played (48), in assists (33), in points (46) and is tied with DeBrincat in
goals (13); Hamonic leads in penalty minutes (24) against Carolina.

ROAD SCHOLARS: The Senators have a record of 11-13-2 on the road this season … Brady Tkachuk leads with 12 goals on the road this season while also ranking first with 16 assists while the Senators serve as visitors … Through 26 road games this season, Tkachuk maintains the club lead with 28 points … The Senators registered an 18-20-3 record over 41 road contests in 2021-22.

BACK-TO-BACK GAMES: Ottawa will play back-to-back games on 12 occasions in 2022-23 and will open their eighth set of the season this evening when the team visits Carolina ahead of visiting Montreal tomorrow night … The Senators played 17 back-to-back sets last season and earned a record of 6-9-2 in the first half of contests on consecutive nights (5-2-0 this season) while posting an 8-8-1 record (4-3-0 this season) in the second half of games on consecutive days.

ON THE POWER PLAY: The Senators are 54 for 210 (25.7%) on the power-play in 2022-23 … Drake Batherson leads with 11 powerplay goals while Batherson, Alex DeBrincat, Tkachuk and Stützle maintain the club lead with 22 points while the team enjoys a man advantage … Ottawa has recorded multiple power-play goals 13 times in an individual contest in 2022-23 after having done so 11 times in 2021-22.

ON THE PENALTY KILL: Ottawa has overcome 166 of the 203 occasions the team has been shorthanded in 2022-23 to maintain an efficiency of 81.8% through 56 regular-season games … The team has registered five (Joseph x2, Watson x2, Motte) shorthanded markers this season after recording nine such goals in 2021-22.


The Hurricanes earned a 4-1 win over the St. Louis Blues at PNC Arena on Tuesday, extending their win streak to four games. Seth Jarvis (1g, 2a) and Andrei Svechnikov (2g, 1a) each tallied three points, and Sebastian Aho (1g, 1a) and Brent Burns (2a) added multi-point games of their own as the four skaters combined for all 10 of Carolina’s points. Frederik Andersen stopped 35 of 36 shots in net to record his third straight win.

Jake Gardiner, upper-body, missed 56 games (10/12-2/21)
Ondrej Kase, concussion, missed 55 games (10/14-2/21)
Max Pacioretty, torn Achilles, missed 11 games (1/21-2/21)
2022-23 Man-Games Lost Due to Injury: 218


Feb. 24 Ottawa 7 p.m. BSSO HRN
Feb. 25 Anaheim 7 p.m. BSSO HRN
March 1 at Vegas 10 p.m. TNT HRN
March 3 at Arizona 9:30 p.m. BSSO HRN
March 5 Tampa Bay 3 p.m. TNT HRN

  • All times are Eastern | BSSO = Bally Sports South | HRN = Hurricanes Radio Network

— Carolina is facing Ottawa in the first of three meetings between the teams during the 2022-23 season. The Senators return to PNC
Arena on 4/4, and the Hurricanes travel to Canadian Tire Centre on 4/10.

— The Hurricanes and Senators are meeting for the 111th time in their regular-season histories. Carolina holds a 59-38-8-5 overall record,
including a 34-13-4-2 home record and a 40-34-5-5 record since relocation.

— Ottawa won the season series 2-0-1 in 2021-22 (Carolina: 1-2-0), but the Hurricanes are 8-4-0 in the teams’ last 12 meetings dating
back to 2/24/17 (Senators: 4-7-1).

— Carolina suffered a 3-2 loss against Ottawa at PNC Arena on 12/2/21. Andrei Svechnikov and Teuvo Teravainen scored for the Hurricanes, and Sebastian Aho tallied two assists as Antti Raanta made 17 saves in net.

— The Hurricanes posted a 3-2 shootout win over the Senators at Canadian Tire Centre on 1/27/22. Nino Niederreiter and Derek Stepan lit the lamp for Carolina, and Andrei Svechnikov scored the game-deciding goal in the shootout as Frederik Andersen stopped 37 of 39 shots faced in regulation and overtime before denying all three of Ottawa’s shootout attempts to earn the win.

— Carolina fell to Ottawa, 4-3, at Canadian Tire Centre on 2/8/22. Brendan Smith, Andrei Svechnikov and Vincent Trocheck scored for the Hurricanes, while Antti Raanta made 27 saves in net.

— Sebastian Aho has registered 13 points (5g, 8a) in 14 career regular-season games against Ottawa.

— Brent Burns has recorded 22 points (6g, 16a) in 21 career regular-season games against the Senators.

— Calvin de Haan is a native of Carp, Ont., about 25 miles southwest of Ottawa, and played youth hockey with the Ottawa Valley Titans.

— Jordan Staal has earned 29 points (10g, 19a) in 42 career regular-season games against the Senators.

— Paul Stastny has tallied 19 points (6g, 13a) in 27 career regular-season games against Ottawa.

— Hurricanes Head Coach Rod Brind’Amour was born in Ottawa.

— Hurricanes Assistant Coach Tim Gleason was selected by the Senators in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2001 NHL Draft, but he was traded to LAK before appearing in an NHL game with the Senators.

— Julien Gauthier was selected by the Hurricanes in the first round (21st overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft and tallied one assist in five NHL games with Carolina in 2019-20. He also played 184 AHL games with Charlotte from 2017-20, posting 103 points (69g, 34a). Gauthier recorded eight points (5g, 3a) in 17 postseason games in 2019 to help the Checkers capture their first Calder Cup.

With their win over the Blues on Tuesday, the Hurricanes have improved to 20-6-2 (42 points) on home ice this season. Carolina’s .750 home points percentage ranks tied with TOR for third in the NHL, trailing only BOS (24-2-3, .879) and TBL (22-4-2, .841). The Hurricanes have now posted at least 20 home wins in each of the past three seasons (2020-21: 20-3-5, 2021-22: 29-8-4), joining the Lightning (also 2020-21: 21-7-0, 2021-22: 27-8-6) as just the second NHL team to accomplish the feat. This marks just the fourth time that Hartford/Carolina has won 20 or more home games in at least three consecutive seasons, as the Whalers/Hurricanes also accomplished the feat in four straight seasons from 1985-89, three straight seasons from 1998-01 and a franchise-record seven straight seasons from 2005-12.

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