The Carolina Hurricanes continue their road trip in Ottawa on Tuesday evening. This will be their fifth straight game on the road after three wins and a loss thus far. They are coming off a 3-2 loss to the Devils in Newark, but were on a three-game winning streak going into that game. It’s going to take more than that to get to the playoffs. However, the Hurricanes are right on the cusp of a playoff berth at 62 points.
They trail the Penguins by just a point. A lot can happen between now and April, though. Going on cold spells at this point could thrust them several spots back, so everything is still very well up in the air. What isn’t up in the air is the future of the Ottawa Senators. They aren’t going to the playoffs and won’t have their draft pick this season.
The Avalanche are the biggest standing watchers of the Senators these days. The Sens’ first-round pick will go to the Avalanche as a result of the Matt Duchene trade. That trade was a clear dud for the Sens, who may end of dealing Duchene anyway.
Matt Stone, the point-leader in Ottawa is likely up for a trade as well. Stone leads the roster with 56 points, while Duchene is in 2nd with 53 points. The Avalanche are all for trading Stone and Duchene. Ottawa will likely get something nice in return for both of them, so it makes sense to blow the team up in a losing campaign.
The Senators enter Tuesday night with a record of 21-29-5 for 47 points and last in the league. They’re coming off what is one of their biggest wins of the season with a 5-2 victory over the Senators. We’ll see if they can find some momentum from that game. Head below for our free Hurricanes vs. Senators pick.
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Ottawa Senators Pick
Poor defensive play and goaltending has impacted the Senators immensely this season. There isn’t much of a secret regarding their issues. The loss of Erik Karlsson left a gaping hole on their blue line that is impossible to replace right away. They’ve also had to deal with injuries to Craig Anderson, but even then, Anderson hasn’t looked so hot when he’s been in net. Throwaway from the Vancouver Canucks, Anders Nilsson, has emerged as the best option in net for the Senators.
He is coming off a stellar performance against the Jets and Ducks. He stonewalled the Ducks for 45 saves in a shutout and then allowed 2 goals on 46 shots against the Jets. It doesn’t get much better. However, note all of the shots that were surrendered. That’s way too many and highlights their defensive problems.
With that said, the Sens are much more competent at home in Kanata than they are on the road. They are scoring an average of 3.34 goals per game and allowing 3.03 at home, as opposed to 2.88 goals and 4.35 goals against on the road. The Senators are above the .500 mark with a record of 14-11-4 at home.
Conversely, the Hurricanes are a 14-13-2 team on the road. They have scored 2.79 goals per game and allowing 3 per game in that regard. Carolina haven’t played a game at home since February 3rd. This will be their fifth straight game on the road. I think the Hurricanes are going to be looking forward to going home tonight, while not giving a complete effort against the Senators. The Sens are worth a stab as home underdogs on Tuesday.