Gameday: Sens at Hurricanes

BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:43 AM ET

ARENA: RBC Center, 7 p.m.

TV: TSN2

RADIO: Team 1200, CJRC 1150 AM, Star 96 FM (Pembroke), The Jewel 1220 AM (Cornwall), The Lake 88.1 FM (Perth), KIX 93.5 FM (Kingston).

KEEP AN EYE ON ...

16 ERIK COLE LW

AGE: 30 HT: 6-foot-2 WT: 205 lbs.

2008-09 STATS: 73 GP 18 G 19 A 37 PTS 71 PIMS

THE SKINNY: The Hurricanes' third-round pick (78th overall) in 1998, he was re-acquired from Edmonton at the trade deadline for Patrick O'Sullivan and a second-round pick in a three-way deal involving the Kings ... Has 10 points (two goals) in 10 games for the Hurricanes since the trade ... Had just 27 points in 63 games with the Oilers this season ... Has played 428 games for the Hurricanes over parts of six seasons ... Played for the U.S. at the 2006 Olympics.

NOTEWORTHY

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Senators are 2-1 vs. Carolina this season. Ottawa lost 2-1 on Nov. 7 at the RBC Center, then won both games at Scotiabank Place: 5-1 on Jan. 13 and 4-2 Feb. 24. In the latter game, Alex Auld made 41 saves and Mike Comrie's first goal in his return to the Senators stood up as the winner ... The Hurricanes are coming off a 3-2 OT victory over the Panthers Monday in Florida. Sergei Samsonov recorded an assist, his 500th career point ... Like the Senators, the Hurricanes are also hot, winning four straight and going 8-1-2 in their last 11 games ... The Senators have only been outshot once in their last 11 games, 29-22 by the Rangers Sunday. Ottawa has outshot opponents 336-277 over those 11 games. -- Bruce Garrioch

BLACK AND BLUE REPORT

SENATORS: G Pascal Leclaire (ankle), out for season; D Alexandre Picard (knee), season; C Cody Bass (shoulder surgery), season; D Jason Smith (knee), likely out for season.

HURRICANES: C Matt Cullen (lower body), may play; RW Scott Walker (upper body), out indefinitely.


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