The Senators lost 2-1 to the Buffalo Sabres on Monday for their second straight defeat. Ottawa has gone 2-5-2 since winning five of its first seven games.
The players held a meeting after the game to discuss their problems.
“I think everybody realizes the urgency there is here,” captain Daniel Alfredsson said. “We’re not up to our potential, and we’ve got to be better. Every individual has got to step up and, whatever it is, we’ve got to do a lot of things better to win more games.”
Defenseman Wade Redden scored Ottawa’s only goal on a power play at 4:10 of the third period, finding the net for the third straight game.
However, his goal was one of the few bright spots for the Senators, who have not scored an even-strength goal in their last three games. Ottawa also fell to 0-6 in one-goal games.
Defenseman Chris Phillips said that “frustrated” is the best way to describe the team’s mood.
“That sums up a lot of guys’ emotions, I’d say,” he said.
The Hurricanes are coming in off a come-from-behind 2-2 tie with the Philadelphia Flyers.
“We’ve had a number of ties that looked like that going the other way,” Carolina coach Paul Maurice said. “You’re not quite as frustrated, because you know the other team had the upper hand in the game, and we found a way to get a point.”
Carolina, which is averaging an NHL-high 32 shots per game, got the tie despite being outshot 43-24. However, the Hurricanes have won just once in their last five games (1-2-2).
“Down 2-0, it’s got to be a bit of a confidence booster,” Maurice said. “That’s a great team and they’re on a roll, playing at the top end of their game.”
STANDINGS (through Nov. 18): Hurricanes - 16 points, 3rd place (tied), 5 PB, Southeast Division. Senators - 17 points, 5th place, 30 PB, Northeast Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Hurricanes - Josef Vasicek, 8 goals; O’Neill, 10 assists; Erik Cole, 14 points; Jesse Boulerice, 48 PIM. Senators - Marian Hossa, 9 goals and 18 points; Radek Bonk, 12 assists; Chris Neil, 40 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through Nov. 18): Hurricanes - Power play: 13.8 percent (11 for 80), 22nd in NHL. Penalty killing: 82.9 percent (63 for 76), 17th (tied). Senators - Power play: 26.7 percent (20 for 75), 2nd. Penalty killing: 84.3 percent (70 for 83), 11th.
2002-03 SEASON SERIES: Senators, 3-0-1.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Hurricanes - 1-4-3-0 on the road; Senators - 3-4-2-1 at home.