After a dramatic 4-3 win over Columbus, the Senators will look for their first road victory of the season. Tonight's opponent is the Carolina Hurricanes. The Hurricanes have lost five of their eight games like the Senators, but sit two points ahead of Ottawa due to overtime losses. The only change tonight has Kaspars Daugavins replacing the injured Daniel Alfredsson.
Colin Greening - Jason Spezza - Milan Michalek
Nick Foligno - Mika Zibanejad - Kaspars Daugavins
Erik Condra - Zack Smith - Chris Neil
Zenon Konopka - Stéphane Da Costa - Jesse Winchester
Filip Kuba - Erik Karlsson
Sergei Gonchar - Jared Cowen
Chris Phillips - David Rundblad
Craig Anderson (starter)
Stats and talking points after the jump.
Here are my talking points:
- Zibanejad's ninth game: Let's get the big one out of the way. Is this going to be Mika Zibanejad's last game for the Senators this season? The decision could go either way, Bryan Murray and Paul MacLean are not going to make the decision before they have to.
- Daugavins replaces Alfredsson: As you may have heard, Daniel Alfredsson did not make the trip due to a minor hip injury. In his place will be Kaspars Daugavins. Daugavins has 4 goals and 2 assists in 7 games so far for Binghamton. In only his second career NHL game, you know he is going to want to impress.
- Spezza, Michalek and Karlsson: These three are among the leaders in major statistical categories. Jason Spezza is currently third in the NHL in points and could jump into the lead with a huge night, sitting four points behind Phil Kessel. A Milan Michalek hat trick would put him level on goals with the league leading Kessel. Erik Karlsson continues to lead the league in assists and is also leading the defencemen in points. He is one assist ahead of Spezza for the league lead.
- Lethal power play, brutal penalty kill: The Senators have the 3rd ranked power play in the NHL but the 29th ranked penalty kill. Senators games have a lot of goals scored in them.
- Seven straight losses in Carolina: The Senators haven't won in Carolina in almost four years. The last one coming on 12 December 2007.
- Rundblad's streak: David Rundblad's streak of not being on the ice for a goal against is now at four straight games.
Here are the 2011-2012 comparative statistics for the Senators and the Hurricanes: