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, N.C. (AP) Carolina Hurricanes coach Bill Peters wants his team to see the big picture and not just focus on the playoff standings.Brock McGinn scored twice to lead the Hurricanes to a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night. Jeff Skinner also scored, Elias Lindholm had two assists and Cam Ward stopped 29 shots to help Carolina remain one point ahead of Columbus for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference.”I’d rather be playing well and not care if I’m in by one or out by two,” Peters said. ”I’d rather be playing well and building toward something. That’s what we’re doing.”McGinn tied the score with just over three minutes left in the first period and gave the Hurricanes the lead 35 seconds into the third. Skinner capped the scoring with 6:43 left as Carolina, seeking its first playoff appearance since 2009, won its second straight after a three-game skid.”It was definitely a big win for us, coming off of a couple of losses,” McGinn said. ”We just want to build on it going Make no mistake about it Henrik Lundqvist Jersey Kids
, the Nashville Predators are a shorthanded team. They are currently operating without All-Star defenseman P.K. Subban, as well as top six forwards Filip Forsberg, Viktor Arvidsson and Kyle Turris.But they also know they’re capable of playing h four core players on injured reserve.To that end, defenseman Ryan Ellis says the Predators have to simplify their game and not get caught out of position as much.“They wanted it more,” he said of the loss in Calgary Saturday night. “At times, we played well and at times they outplayed us, so it’s just about getting back to basics. We’ve obviously been hit with the injury bug Jimmy Vesey Jersey
, and when that happens, you have to play very predictable for your teammates.”Nashville (19-10-1) is only 8-7-1 in its last 16 games, its depth being eroded by injuries. But it has won seven of its last nine at home, and in Ottawa, it has appeared to draw a favorable foil to open its final stretch of home games before Christmas.The Senators (13-14-4) are coming off a 2-1 overtime loss Sunday to Boston, and are starting a three-game road trip. Life away from the Canadian capital hasn’t been kind to Ottawa, which is only 3-9-1 on the road. Only New Jersey owns a worse road record at 3-10-2.Backup goalie Mike McKenna gave the Senators a chance to steal two points by making 42 saves, but he couldn’t stop Torey Krug’s one-timer at 3:07 of overtime that led to Ottawa’s third loss in four games.“We’re still making strides to get where we want to be defensively,” Senators forward Zack Smith said. “We have to figure that out pretty quick here … Mike stood on his head for a lot of the saves tonight.”Ottawa will also bring a shorthanded roster to Nashville. Defenseman Dylan DeMelo (upper-body injury) won’t go on the road trip, while forward Bobby Ryan (concussion) and center Matt Duchene (lower-body injury) presently reside on IR.This will be the teams’ first meeting of the season. They’ll conclude their season series on December 17 in Ottawa.