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Hurricanes finally return home

Ottawa (6-5-2) at Carolina (7-4-2) 7:00 p.m. EST

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Ticker) -- The Carolina Hurricanes are

likely weary from all the travel they have endured. Now,

they're in for a huge dose of home cooking.

The Hurricanes return home for what amounts to an extended stay

on Friday when they host the Ottawa Senators.

Carolina has played three home games this season, second-fewest

in the NHL, with eight of its last 10 contests coming on the

road. The Hurricanes return to Raleigh for a three-game

homestand and 12 of their next 15 games will be here at the RBC

Center.

Carolina concluded its recent two-game road swing with a jarring

3-2 loss to the Washington Capitals on Thursday. The Hurricanes

held a one-goal advantage late in the third period, but Capitals

left wing Alexander Semin scored twice in the final 2:43,

including the game-winner with 10 seconds left.

"It's a tough way to lose a hockey game," said Carolina coach

Peter Laviolette, who was deprived a milestone by the late

rally.

A Massachusetts native, Laviolette was bidding to become the

all-time winningest American-born coach in NHL history. With

239 victories, he remains tied with former Tampa Bay Lightning

coach John Tortorella.

The Senators, and Dany Heatley in particular, enter this game

red-hot, going 4-0-1 over their last five.

Heatley, who leads the team with nine goals, has tallied in each

game over that span, including Thursday's 4-1 triumph over the

Philadelphia Flyers.

Ottawa's Filip Kuba continued to pile up assists with one more

against the Flyers. In his first year with the Senators, the

defenseman has not scored a goal but is tied for second in the

league with 14 assists.

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