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Minutes into practice at Scotiabank Place Wednesday afternoon, Carolina Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller was barking at his players to pay close attention to opposition defencemen rushing the puck.

“Especially tomorrow,” Muller said in a voice loud enough to be heard well up in the seats, referring to Thursday’s game against the Ottawa Senators.

No wonder. It’s the Erik Karlsson factor.

Of course, it wasn’t going to be easy. While the Ottawa Senators kicked off their four-game homestand by knocking off the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday, they needed to dive in front of pucks in the final seconds – and they received a lucky bounce or two — to preserve a victory which seemed to be well in hand when they led 4-1 in the second period.

There were still no answers about Jason Spezza’s status following Wednesday’s game – Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean said he didn’t know whether the star centre would be joining the team on the trip to Carolina Thursday – but the 5-1 romp over the Montreal Canadiens did allow the team to breathe a little easier. At least for the time being.