Balanced production has the Ottawa Senators off to a strong start, and they may need it to continue for some time.
With top center Jason Spezza out indefinitely, the Senators try for a third consecutive victory overall and some rare road success against the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.
Ottawa (5-1-1) ranks among the NHL leaders with 24 goals and it's gotten that production from 13 players. Daniel Alfredsson was one of five Senators with a goal and 12 with a point in a 5-1 win over Montreal on Wednesday.
"It's goal scoring by committee,'' said coach Paul MacLean, who has watched seven of his players score eight goals in the last two games. "We're going to have to be that hard-working team that grinds out some goals. We did that (Wednesday) and we have to continue to do it.''
The Senators will need that type of team effort to offset the absence of Spezza, who will undergo back surgery Friday to address a herniated disc. Spezza, who has...