The Carolina Hurricanes won't play another home game until the middle of February, going on the road for the next six games.
But the Canes left town off a rock-solid victory. With Dan Ellis making 33 saves in goal, the Canes topped the Ottawa Senators 1-0 at PNC Arena.
The Sens (5-2-1) came into the game leading the NHL's Eastern Conference, and with goalie Craig Anderson being named the NHL's first star for the month of January. But Ellis bettered Anderson this night, notching his second win of the season, his 13th career shutout and making Eric Staal's first-period goal stand up.
The Canes (3-3) open their road swing Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers. Cam Ward was expected to start in goal for Carolina, although Canes coach Kirk Muller may opt to stick with the hot hand and go with Ellis again.
"He looks very confident," Muller said of Ellis. "He's had a lot of games this year to prepare and it's an opportunity for him. Like any athlete in pro sports, when you get the opportunity you have to take advantage of it."