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Carolina at Ottawa
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, March 24, 2018
Where: Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, Ontario

Teuvo Teravainen and Sebastian Aho are keeping the Carolina Hurricanes' rail-thin postseason aspirations afloat on the strength of their simultaneous career-high seven-game point streaks. The two Finns aim to continue their individual success and bolster the visiting Hurricanes' standing on Saturday in the opener of a home-and-home series against the Ottawa Senators.

"They were dangerous. I thought Seabass (Aho) made some plays. He made a real good play with patience on the first one. ... Turbo's got a great release," Carolina coach Bill Peters said after Teravainen scored and set up a goal and Aho notched two assists in Thursday's wild 6-5 win over Arizona. Teravainen and Aho have combined for 39 points (17 goals, 22 assists) in their past 20 games for the Hurricanes, who have answered a 1-5-0 mark with wins in two of their last three to reside nine points behind New Jersey for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. The Senators, who fell one goal short of a Stanley Cup appearance last season, officially were eliminated from postseason contention following Thursday's 6-2 setback to Edmonton. Ottawa general manager Pierre Dorion said on Friday that the team would attempt to work out a contract with forward Matt Duchene, who scored versus the Oilers to push his point total to seven (four goals, three assists) in the past six games.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, FS Carolinas, Sportsnet1, CITY (Ottawa)

ABOUT THE HURRICANES (32-31-11): Rookie Valentin Zykov registered a two-goal performance in his second game since being recalled from Charlotte of the American Hockey League. "He's a big, heavy, thick guy and he's got some courage and he goes to the net," Peters told the Raleigh News & Observer of the 22-year-Russian, who benefited from playing on the same line as Aho and Teravainen. Jeff Skinner matched Zykov with a two-goal effort, a strong performance considering he had just four points - all assists - in his previous 13 games.

ABOUT THE SENATORS (26-36-11): Dorion also told season ticket holders on Friday during a conference call that captain Erik Karlsson will be extended a contract offer from the team on July 1, the first day the club is allowed to do so. "Erik is a fantastic player," Dorion said, according to the Ottawa Citizen. "The relationship between he, Eugene (Melnyk, owner) and myself is strong, and I want all of you to know that. When we can offer Erik a contract on July 1, we will do so." A two-time Norris Trophy winner, Karlsson has one season remaining on a seven-year pact he signed in 2012.


1. Carolina G Cam Ward improved to 16-8-3 in his career versus Ottawa with a .922 save percentage after turning aside 29 shots in the first meeting with Ottawa.

2. Senators C Jean-Gabriel Pageau, who scored in a 2-1 loss to the Hurricanes on Jan. 30, is mired in a five-game goal drought after scoring four times in the previous six.

3. Carolina D Jaccob Slavin set up three goals on Thursday to increase his point total to seven (two goals, five assists) in the past four contests

PREDICTION: Hurricanes 5, Senators 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Carolina 32-31-8-3 W1 17-15-5-1 15-16-3-2 3-3-1-1 29-28-7-2 9-10-4-1
Ottawa 26-36-4-7 L3 15-16-2-4 11-20-2-3 2-3-1-0 24-33-3-7 8-12-1-3
Last Meeting
Carolina Ottawa
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
1/30/18 OTT 1 CAR 2 39 29 1-3 30 37 0-1
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Carolina S. Aho 1
Ottawa E. Karlsson 1
Goals Player  
Carolina S. Aho 1
Ottawa J. Pageau 1
Assists Player  
Carolina N. Hanifin 1
Ottawa E. Karlsson 1
Saves Player  
Carolina C. Ward 29
Ottawa C. Anderson 37
Total Points Player  
Carolina T. Teravainen 66
Ottawa M. Stone 69
Goals Player  
Carolina S. Aho 27
Ottawa M. Hoffman 24
Assists Player  
Carolina T. Teravainen 40
Ottawa E. Karlsson 48
Saves Player  
Carolina C. Ward 1032
Ottawa C. Anderson 1517
Quickchart Matchup
Carolina Off vs  Ottawa Def
2.7 GF
3.42 GA
34.2 Shots
33.5 Shots
44 PP
51 PK
Ottawa Off vs  Carolina Def
2.73 GF
3.16 GA
30.5 Shots
28.7 Shots
38 PP
40 PK