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Friday, February 1st (All times Eastern)

Ottawa Senators (5-1-1) at Carolina Hurricanes (2-3-0), 7 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Ottawa Senators will need more balanced production with center Jason Spezza out with a herniated disc.

So far, so good.

The Senators take aim at a third straight victory on Friday as they visit the Carolina Hurricanes.

Spezza did not play in Wednesday's 5-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens and it was announced the following day that he will undergo back surgery that will sideline him indefinitely.

The 29-year-old had two goals and three assists in five games this season after notching 34 goals and 84 points in 2011-12.

Without Spezza, the Sens got goals from five different players versus the Habs. That included second-period markers from Daniel Alfredsson, Chris Phillips and Mika Zibanejad, who scored the first goal of his NHL career.

"I try to keep myself calm after a goal, but I couldn't after this one," said the 19-year-old Zibanejad, the sixth overall pick of the 2011 draft. He had an assist in nine games last season and was playing in his second tilt of this campaign after getting recalled from the AHL on Monday.

Jim O'Brien and Chris Neil added tallies for the Senators, who have points in six of their first seven games (5-1-1). Craig Anderson continued his strong early play, stopping 31-of-32 shots in his 300th career game.

"We're very pleased with the production we're getting from everybody," said Sens coach Paul MacLean. "Everybody's contributing on offense as far as the four lines. We're still getting contributions from our defense and that's going to be important moving forward."

MacLean's offense has had its troubles scoring goals at Carolina's PNC Arena, where Ottawa has lost eight of its past nine. The Sens have been outscored 32-13 in that span and have been held to a single goal in seven of the meetings.

The Hurricanes have won five of the past seven encounters overall and could use a victory on Friday after falling to 2-3-0 on the campaign with a 5-3 loss to the Boston Bruins on Monday.

Carolina rallied to tie the game at three-all after trailing by scores of 2-0 and 3-1, but Boston's David Krejci netted the game-winner with under two minutes to play.

Eric Staal had a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes, who were coming off a home-and-home sweep of Buffalo. Staal has four goals and two helpers in his last three games.

"We did some good things, but obviously not enough to try and salvage at least a point in this game," Staal said.

Jeff Skinner scored in his fourth straight game, with five tallies over that time, and defenseman Jamie McBain also lit the lamp. Cam Ward made 33 saves.

Carolina begins a six-game road trip on Saturday in Philadelphia.

02/01 10:49:40 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
2nd
NYR 1
CAR 0
 
Final
TOR 118
NYK 108
Final
CLE 105
MEM 91
Final
MIA 100
BOS 84
 
4th
BRK 106
DET 102
 
4th
SAC 99
LAL 93
 
4th
ORL 85
PHI 94
 
4th
WAS 89
PHO 104
 
3rd
MIN 42
IND 61
 
3rd
OKC 53
NOP 57
 
Final
UVA 76
HARV 27
Final
BGU 68
FERST 82
 
Final
ARMY 72
MAINE 69
 
Final
QUIN 60
ORST 52
Final
CLST 69
USF 65
 
Final
CARK 55
CCAR 72
 
Final
UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
Final
RAD 74
CORN 61
 
Final
UNT 62
CREI 58
Final
CAN 67
HC 48
 
Final
USB 67
GHND 52
 
Final
OKST 64
MD 73
Final
WINT 100
REIN 72
 
Final
UGST 68
SMISS 55
Final
NEOM 77
TXPA 72
 
Final
STLU 58
VERM 55
 
Final
UNCA 62
WCU 66
 
Final
EVAN 81
ALAST 63
 
Final
HART 82
FIU 69
 
Final
VALPO 82
GOSHEN 55
 
Final
LIP 69
PEAY 63
 
Final
DEN 46
BRY 48
 
Final
MONT 62
SD 67
 
Final
MTST 65
TENST 47
Final
SAMF 64
LAMON 50
 
Final
SCAR 78
COKR 52
 
Final
HAMP 75
NARZ 66
 
Final
SDU 71
SDCHR 61
 
Final
BC 71
USC 75
 
Final
NICST 64
TROY 65
 
Final
BRAD 47
UCI 55
 
Final
UGA 65
SHU 47
 
2nd
ALA 60
APP 59
 
2nd
KSU 41
NDST 42
 
2nd
WASU 55
SJST 35
 
9:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ALCOR
 
10:00pm Tonight
SEAT
SACST
 
3rd
DET 1
COL 0
 
3rd
EDM 5
DAL 5
 
2nd
BOS 1
BUF 1
 
2nd
NYR 1
CAR 0
 
2nd
CHI 2
TOR 0
 
9:00pm Tonight
WIN
PHI
Final
NOS 14
ATL 30
Final
HOU 25
BAL 13
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
Final
CHI 14
DET 20
Final
TAM 3
GBP 20
Final
PIT 20
KAN 12
Final
MIA 37
MIN 35
Final
NYJ 16
NEP 17
Final
STL 27
NYG 37
Final
OAK 26
BUF 24
Final
DAL 42
IND 7
8:30pm Tonight
ARI
SEA