NHL Hockey

Final 1 2 3 Tot
Ottawa 0 0 0 0
Carolina 2 0 2 4
4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ETNaN:� BRT, February 24, 2023
PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina  Attendance: 18,788

Streaking Hurricanes aim to stay hot vs. Senators

Ottawa Senators at Carolina Hurricanes

  1. The Senators were 2-0-1 against the Hurricanes last season, with Ottawa recording a pair of one-goal regulation wins and Carolina's win earned via a shootout. Only Florida (3-0-0) and Washington (3-1-0) recorded more points against the Hurricanes last season than Ottawa.
  2. Ottawa has the best special-teams goal-differential in road games this season (+9, 25/16), but the Senators' even-strength goal-differential on the road is third worst in the NHL (--25, 46/71), with only the Ducks (--35) and Coyotes (--26) below them.
  3. Alex DeBrincat has scored seven goals over his last five games against the Hurricanes (all for the Blackhawks), with at least one goal in each game. It's the longest goal streak versus Carolina since John Tavares scored in five straight games against the Canes from 2018 to 2020. Tavares is also the last player with a longer streak (six games from 2012 to 2013).
  4. The Hurricanes have a league-best 28-4-3 record since November 26. It's also the team's best record over any 35-game span in Whalers/Hurricanes franchise history. Carolina has a 14-0-3 record in one-goal games during this stretch.
  5. Andrei Svechnikov ended a career-worst 19-game goal drought when he scored the first of his two goals against St. Louis on Tuesday. It was his fourth multi-goal game this season, all of which have been against Western Conference teams (as have 16 of his 21 goals).
  6. Brent Burns has tallied at least one point in 11 of Carolina's last 12 games (since Jan. 19: five goals, nine assists), and the game in which he did not register a point is the only game the Hurricanes failed to win over that stretch (Feb. 11 vs. Rangers, lost 6-2). Burns' total of 14 points since January 19 ties him for third highest among NHL defensemen.

Andrei Svechnikov doesn't have to score plenty of goals to make an impact for the Carolina Hurricanes.

But it sure does help when he makes it into the scoring column.

Svechnikov's most productive game in more than three months came earlier this week, and he'll try to build on that Friday night when the Hurricanes host the Ottawa Senators in Raleigh, N.C.

Svechnikov scored two first-period goals to snap a 19-game scoreless streak in Tuesday night's 4-1 victory against the St. Louis Blues.

"Everybody gets fixated on the goals, and I get it," Carolina coach Rod Brind'Amour said. "He has been really good this year, even this last however many games he went without scoring. He was pretty impactful pretty much every night."

The Metropolitan Division-leading Hurricanes have plenty of players falling into that category. They hold a four-game winning streak and are 13-1-1 in their last 15 games.

However, Svechnikov has goals in back-to-back games only twice this season while racking up 21 total goals.

Second-year player Seth Jarvis of the Hurricanes has two career three-point games, and they have come to pass over the past three games.

Carolina continues to look to shore up certain areas. It has had perfect penalty-killing numbers in three of the last four games, though like Svechnikov's case, those statistics might be misleading as well.

"It wasn't probably as good as we'd like it," Brind'Amour said. "We gave up a couple of really good opportunities. With penalty killing, the goalie is always the best penalty killer and (Frederik Andersen) made some really good, unreal saves."

The Hurricanes have killed off 82.0 percent of their opponents' power plays this season.

The Senators have been idle since dropping a 3-1 decision to the Boston Bruins on Monday.

Ottawa hasn't allowed more than three goals in regulation in its last five games (3-1-1).

Senators coach D.J. Smith said goaltender Cam Talbot will rejoin the action after being out since Jan. 25, an absence of nine games with a lower-body injury.

"Tabs is our guy and he has been great for us all year," defenseman Jake Sanderson said. "I know he's itching to get back."

Yet the Senators were 6-2-1 while Talbot was out.

Ottawa inserted forward Julien Gauthier in the lineup for the first time on Monday after he was acquired in a weekend trade from the New York Rangers. That's notable for this game in Raleigh because Gauthier is a former first-round draft pick of the Hurricanes.

"I wanted a fresh start, a new opportunity with a new, young team," Gauthier said. "Getting that opportunity is huge and I'm really grateful for it."

Gauthier was minus-1 with two shots on goal in his debut for the Senators with less than 10 minutes of ice time.

There will be another Ottawa lineup change at Carolina after Wednesday's trade of defenseman Nikita Zaitsev to the Chicago Blackhawks. Zaitsev was with the Senators for four seasons, playing in 28 games this season with five assists.

The Hurricanes are close to a week removed from the hubbub of their historic outdoor game as part of the Stadium Series. It has taken time to shake free from the euphoria that was connected to that experience in front of about 57,000 fans.

"It has kind of come down," Svechnikov said. "We just have to play our game."

On Friday, the Hurricanes will be playing the fourth contest of their five-game homestand.

--Field Level Media

Updated February 24, 2023

Sports Data API Powered by STATS © 2023 by STATS PERFORM.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS PERFORM is strictly prohibited.