Ottawa Senators at Carolina Hurricanes on Nov. 17, 2010

The Ottawa Senators’ see-saw season continued Monday, as they followed up a strong effort against the Boston Bruins with a poor outing in Philadelphia. They’ll have a shot to make up those lost points tonight, but it’ll be a challenge.

Ottawa Senators at Carolina Hurricanes on Nov. 17, 2010
Kyle Turris #7 of the Ottawa Senators scores during the shootout against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on April 13, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Senators defeated the Penguins 3-2 in a shootout. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

THE STORY: The Ottawa Senators’ see-saw season continued Monday, as they followed up a strong effort against the Boston Bruins with a poor outing in Philadelphia. They’ll have a shot to make up those lost points tonight, but it’ll be a challenge. There may be a Canadian bank’s name on the building, but the RBC Centre sure doesn’t feel like home to the Senators. They’ve lost five straight games there.

THE SUBPLOTS: It’s always a mystery figuring out who is hurting and who isn’t on an NHL roster. Coach Cory Clouston acknowledged Tuesday that centre Mike Fisher is playing though an injury, which would explain why his line (with Daniel Alfredsson and Milan Michalek — who recently missed games with a knee injury) has struggled to produce lately. Is the team better served by him playing at 75 per cent speed, or should he just sit out for a bit and get healthy?

THE WILDCARD: The Senators haven’t played all that well in Carolina, but goalie Brian Elliott sure seems to like playing the ‘Canes: His lifetime record is 4-1-0 with a 1.87 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage. If Ottawa is to have a bounce-back game, Elliott will need to put the five goals the Flyers piled up on him in the past and continue playing with the confidence that has allowed him to pick up five wins in his last six games.

THE OPPONENT: The ‘Canes aren’t exactly firing on all cylinders at the moment. In fact, they seem to have stalled completely. After getting embarrassed 8-1 by the Flyers last Thursday, they were completely dismantled by the Montreal Canadiens Saturday night by a score of 7-1 (goalie Cam Ward was pulled in both contests). Cue the bag skate.

THE QUOTE: “It was a tough game. They came at us pretty hard. We knew that was going to happen, and, for the most part, we did a good job of holding in there until the third, when they kind of broke it apart. But we’re just going to have to go back to the drawing board and look at the video. I don’t think we have to change that much. Just focus on details and play our game and not really play to the other team’s game.” — Elliott, breaking down the game against the Flyers.

THE SICK BAY: Senators — No injuries. Hurricanes — No injuries.

THE PREDICTION: This will be a long, emotional day for members of the Ottawa Senators’ organization. In the morning, they’ll attend a service for assistant coach Luke Richardson’s late daughter, Daron, who took her own life Saturday at the age of 14. Then they’ll immediately hop a flight to Raleigh to make it in time for the 7 p.m. faceoff against the Hurricanes. I don’t think the Senators will win, but it doesn’t really matter on a day like this anyways. Senators 3, Hurricanes 4 (SO).

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