October 25, 2011
Sens chase first road win in Carolina
By Don Brennan, QMI Agency
RALEIGH, N.C. - The Senators will be out to smash a goose egg when they take on the Carolina Hurricanes at the RBC Center Tuesday night.
The goose egg representing their number of road wins so far.
Only one lineup change will be made - Binghamton callup Kaspars Daugavins replacing the injured Daniel Alfredsson - by the Senators, who will be riding a two-game winning streak as they attempt to improve on their 0-3-0 mark away from Scotiabank Place.
Ottawa is coming off a last-minute home victory over Columbus. Earlier in the week, the Senators also beat Winnipeg.
"It's a big game for us," winger Erik Condra said after Tuesday's morning skate in Raleigh. "We haven't proved we can win on the road yet. We've done it a few times at home and I think if we can just keep building on what we've been doing the past games, carry it over ... we can't get satisfied winning two, we've got to keep going and be hungry to get a third."
It's not as though the Senators have been totally horrible on the road - certainly not as bad as they were while being clobbered by Colorado and Philadelphia at SBP.
They had at least one strong period in each of their losses in Detroit and Toronto, and a 2-1 defeat in Washington was one of the best games of the season.
"We've played well, in spurts," Condra said of the team's road show.
Daugavins is expected to start in Alfredsson's place on the second line, alongside Mika Zibanejad and Nick Folingo, but he could be switched with third-line right winger Chris Neil during the game. Either way, coach Paul MacLean says he'll be one of the top nine forwards.
"We want to come out and have a good road game," said MacLean. "Take our patience we played with at home, and the solid NHL game we played at home, and bring that here on the road. It's harder to do on the road, but the expectation is to come here and do it again."