Ottawa (6-5-2) at Carolina (7-4-2) 7:00 p.m. EST
RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- The Carolina Hurricanes are
likely weary from all the travel they have endured. Now,
they're in for a huge dose of home cooking.
The Hurricanes return home for what amounts to an extended stay
on Friday when they host the Ottawa Senators.
Carolina has played three home games this season, second-fewest
in the NHL, with eight of its last 10 contests coming on the
road. The Hurricanes return to Raleigh for a three-game
homestand and 12 of their next 15 games will be here at the RBC
Carolina concluded its recent two-game road swing with a jarring
3-2 loss to the Washington Capitals on Thursday. The Hurricanes
held a one-goal advantage late in the third period, but Capitals
left wing Alexander Semin scored twice in the final 2:43,
including the game-winner with 10 seconds left.
"It's a tough way to lose a hockey game," said Carolina coach
Peter Laviolette, who was deprived a milestone by the late
A Massachusetts native, Laviolette was bidding to become the
all-time winningest American-born coach in NHL history. With
239 victories, he remains tied with former Tampa Bay Lightning
coach John Tortorella.
The Senators, and Dany Heatley in particular, enter this game
red-hot, going 4-0-1 over their last five.
Heatley, who leads the team with nine goals, has tallied in each
game over that span, including Thursday's 4-1 triumph over the
Ottawa's Filip Kuba continued to pile up assists with one more
against the Flyers. In his first year with the Senators, the
defenseman has not scored a goal but is tied for second in the
league with 14 assists.