The Carolina Hurricanes roll into Ottawa with some confidence behind them. They’ve won three games in a row, including two wins over the Flyers and Blue Jackets. The Hurricanes have done this before, though, they look good for a week and then a clueless team in the other. That’s what you are usually going to find with averages clubs. Prior to winning three straight games, the Hurricanes lost four of five games.
It’s been a little bit of this and a little bit of that with Carolina. And that’s how you get a record of 18-17-3. After Jeff Skinner and Elias Lindholm switched teams, there weren’t many expectations in Raleigh. The most ideal situation for future success probably would have been to tank for a high draft pick. They’re likely just going to be stuck in the middle playing like this. How many elite players can Raleigh attract to come and play there? Wave enough money in their face, but the Hurricanes have to do it the smart way.
The Senators are going to be in a position of drafting high in the 2019 draft. They already have a young core to build on, so adding some more pieces would be beneficial. Jack Hughes will be waiting for the worst team in the league this season. Put him on the same ice with Thomas Chabot and Brady Tkachuk and there is something to work with for the future in Ottawa.
The Sens are currently tied for last in the league with the LA Kings. There are four or five teams near the bottom who should turn on tank mode. Craig Anderson will be out again on Sunday, but they will get back Jean-Gabriel Pageau. This will be his debut, as he missed the entire start of the season with an Achilles heel injury. It’s taken months to recover, but he is ready to provide some much needed help for the Sens. Head below for our free Hurricanes vs. Senators pick.
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Ottawa Senators Pick
The Hurricanes are 9 points behind the Sabres for the final seed in the Eastern Conference. Spoiler alert, the Hurricanes aren’t going to be playing in the playoffs. Neither are the Senators, so this is ultimately a meaningless game when it comes to the playoff picture. Marcus Hogberg will be back in net for the Sens tonight.
It’s been a good learning experience for him, but he would certainly appreciate a little more help from the defence. The same goes for Anderson and Mike McKenna who haven’t gotten much support when in net. Hogberg enters with a 3.68 GAA and 0.895 save percentage in three games this season. He is still searching for his first win of the year.
Kanata has typically been a friendlier place for the Senators, where they’ve gone 11-8-4. The Sens have gotten pummeled on the road with a record of 4-14-1, but their play at home has been more encouraging. They have scored an average of 3.35 goals per game home, compared to just 2.22 goals per game for the Hurricanes.
Prior to beating the Flyers in their last road game, the Hurricanes had lost four of their last five games away. Also note that they’ve gone 1-3 in their previous four trips to Ottawa. This looks like a spot that the Sens should be able to end this six-game losing streak. After winning three in a row, expect a typical letdown for the Hurricanes against the Sens. It’s tough to ignore the price that Ottawa is getting in this spot.