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Posted On Friday, 03.02.2012 / 12:46 PM

By Erin Nicks -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Potential lineups for Senators, Blackhawks

KANATA, Ont. – Here are the projected lineups for Friday's game between the Ottawa Senators and the Chicago Blackhawks at Scotiabank Place:

SENATORS
Milan Michalek - Jason Spezza - Bobby Butler
Colin Greening - Kyle Turris - Daniel Alfredsson
Nick Foligno - Jim O’Brien - Chris Neil
Zenon Konopka - Zack Smith - Erik Condra

Filip Kuba - Erik Karlsson
Chris Phillips - Matt Gilroy
Jared Cowen - Sergei Gonchar

Robin Lehner will start in goal, with Alex Auld the backup.

Goalie Craig Anderson, out with a hand injury, spoke to the media on Thursday but did not offer any timeline for his return.

Kaspars Daugavins and Matt Carkner will be healthy scratches.

BLACKHAWKS
Andrew Brunette - Patrick Kane - Marian Hossa
Patrick Sharp - Marcus Kruger - Viktor Stalberg
Bryan Bickell - Dave Bolland - Andrew Shaw
Brandon Bollig - Jamal Mayers - Jimmy Hayes

Duncan Keith - Brent Seabrook
Nick Leddy - Johnny Oduya
Sami Lepisto - Dylan Olsen

Ray Emery will start in goal, with Corey Crawford the backup. It will be Emery's first start in Ottawa since he was bought out of his contract by the Senators following the 2007-08 season.

"It's exciting -- I have good memories of being here," Emery said following the Hawks' morning skate. "That said, it's an important time of year for the team. We've got 17 games left here and it's a real fight in the West. I want to stay focused and win the game. You always get motivation from playing your old teams, especially when you see the success they've had here."

Defenseman Nicklas Hjalmarsson (upper body) is day-to-day, as is Jonathan Toews (upper body).

Sean O’Donnell, Brendan Morrison and Michael Frolik will be healthy scratches.
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Posted On Saturday, 02.25.2012 / 11:45 AM

By Erin Nicks -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Lineups for Bruins, Senators

KANATA, Ont. – Here are the projected lineups for Saturday night when the Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins meet at Scotiabank Place. The Senators held a full practice, while the Bruins, coming off a 2-1 shootout loss to Buffalo on Friday night, did not skate.

SENATORS

Milan MichalekJason SpezzaBobby Butler
Colin GreeningKyle TurrisDaniel Alfredsson
Kaspars DaugavinsZack SmithErik Condra
Nick Foligno – Jim O’Brien – Chris Neil

Filip KubaErik Karlsson
Chris PhillipsSergei Gonchar
Jared CowenMatt Carkner

Alex Auld
Robin Lehner

Zenon Konopka and Brian Lee are the healthy scratches.

Robin Lehner was called up from Binghamton on Friday, while Craig Anderson (hand) is out indefinitely. Alex Auld has started just seven games this season, going 2-3-2 with a 3.28 goals-against average and a .883 save percentage. His last start was Feb .9 against Nashville – a game the Senators won 4-3.

“Personally, I’m excited to have the opportunity to help the team,” Auld said. “I’ve been in this situation a couple of times where you have to fill in for injury, and I’ve been in situations where you have to play every night as well. It’s fun – it’s why you play the game. I’m really looking forward to it.”

BRUINS

Brad MarchandPatrice BergeronTyler Seguin
Milan LucicChris KellyDavid Krejci
Daniel Paille - Gregory CampbellShawn Thornton
Benoit PouliotCarter CamperJordan Caron

Zdeno CharaJohnny Boychuk
Dennis SeidenbergJoe Corvo
Andrew FerenceAdam McQuaid

Tim Thomas
Tuukka Rask

Rich Peverley (knee) and Nathan Horton (concussion) are out, while Andrew Bodnarchuk and Josh Hennessy are the healthy scratches.  

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Posted On Thursday, 02.23.2012 / 6:06 PM

By Erin Nicks -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Hand laceration has Anderson out indefinitely

KANATA, Ont. -- After coming off a 5-2 victory against the Washington Capitals on Wednesday night, Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson suffered a hand laceration at home while preparing a meal, which required medical treatment at a local hospital.

Anderson is expected to make a full recovery, but is out indefinitely. The Senators have yet to make any call-ups from Binghamton. 
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Posted On Wednesday, 02.22.2012 / 1:16 PM

By Erin Nicks -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Potential lineups for Senators, Capitals

KANATA, Ont. -- Here are the projected lineups for Wednesday's game between the Ottawa Senators and Washington Capitals at Scotiabank Place. The Sens held a full practice, while the Caps went with an optional skate.

SENATORS
Milan Michalek - Jason Spezza - Bobby Butler
Colin Greening - Kyle Turris - Daniel Alfredsson
Kaspars Daugavins - Zack Smith - Erik Condra
Nick Foligno - Jim O'Brien - Chris Neil

Filip Kuba - Erik Karlsson
Chris Phillips - Sergei Gonchar
Jared Cowen - Brian Lee

Craig Anderson will start in goal, with Alex Auld the backup.

Zenon Konopka and Matt Carkner will be healthy scratches.

With 15 points in his last six games and after being named the NHL's Third Star of the Week, Spezza was quick to give credit to linemates Michalek and Butler for his recent streak.

"I've been opportunistic and my linemates have given me some good chances in good scoring areas," he said. "I've managed to bury the puck on 2-on-1's and odd-man rushes which you don't get a lot of these days. The guys have done a good job of getting me the puck, and I feel pretty good right now.

"You just play, and try and figure out what you're doing well and build on it. I think there's still areas of my game that I'm trying to get better at, but you don't change too much equipment-wise and you just stick with what you’ve got."

CAPITALS
Matt Hendricks - Mathieu Perrault - Alexander Semin
Jason Chimera - Brooks Laich - Troy Brouwer
Joel Ward - Marcus Johansson - Mike Knuble
Jay Beagle - Jeff Halpern - Keith Aucoin

Karl Alzner - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Dennis Wideman
Jeff Schultz - Mike Green

Tomas Vokoun will start in goal, with Michal Neuvirth the backup.

One player missing from the Capitals' line rushes Wednesday was team captain Alex Ovechkin, who left the ice after about eight minutes and did not return.

Caps coach Dale Hunter said after the skate that Ovechkin is a game-time decision due to a lower-body injury.

"I don't feel well," Ovechkin said. "We'll see how it goes tonight. It's not an injury, it's just regular stuff."

Hunter also added that defenseman Roman Hamrlik will be a healthy scratch.
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Posted On Saturday, 02.11.2012 / 11:44 AM

By Erin Nicks -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Oilers, Senators

KANATA, Ont. – Here are the projected lineups for a Saturday afternoon game between the Ottawa Senators and the Edmonton Oilers at Scotiabank Place:

SENATORS

Milan MichalekJason SpezzaBobby Butler
Colin GreeningKyle TurrisDaniel Alfredsson
Kaspars DaugavinsZack SmithErik Condra
Nick Foligno – Jim O’Brien – Chris Neil

Filip KubaErik Karlsson
Jared CowenSergei Gonchar
Chris PhillipsBrian Lee

Craig Anderson
Alex Auld

Craig Anderson returns as the starting goaltender, while Zenon Konopka and Bobby Butler remain as the healthy scratches.

OILERS

Taylor HallSam Gagner  - Jordan Eberle
Magnus PaajarviShawn HorcoffAles Hemsky
Ryan SmythEric BelangerLennart Petrell
Ben EagerAnton LanderRyan Jones

Ryan Whitney – Cory Potter
Ladislav SmidJeff Petry
Andy SuttonTom Gilbert

Nikolai Khabibulin
Devan Dubnyk

Andy Sutton will return to the lineup, after sitting out the last two games as a healthy scratch. Cam Barker will likely sit versus Ottawa.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (shoulder) remains out for approximately seven-to-10 days.


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Posted On Thursday, 02.09.2012 / 1:24 PM

By Erin Nicks -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Fisher set for Ottawa homecoming

KANATA, Ont. -- Nashville Predators forward Mike Fisher, who makes his first trip back to Ottawa since being traded last February, is excited to be back facing his old friends.

"It feels great. It's good to be here to see a lot of close friends and family," Fisher said. "It took a while (to settle in); I don't think I did until the summer. It's definitely strange being in the other locker room. I hope it will be good. I had a lot of good years here and the fans always treated me really well."

Nashville coach Barry Trotz knows that the night is special for Fisher, as a part of him never truly left Canada's capital.

"One thing Fish will tell you is that he really loved his time in Ottawa," Trotz said. "Obviously we (benefited) from getting him; he's become a big part of Nashville just as he was in Ottawa. But I know there's a big piece of Mike Fisher in Ottawa. He was always in the community and he's always had ties. I could tell in the last week he was getting a little antsy, and it will be a bit strange for him."

Fisher, who was always a fan favorite in Ottawa, will likely get a rousing ovation when he takes the ice. Trotz wants to be sure his star gets a chance to bask in it.

"I'm going to ask him (about putting him in the starting lineup)," he said. "There are two trains of thought: I could start him, or I could wait for that first whistle and have him come out. Hopefully the referees will give him a long chance to get to the faceoff circle. I'll let him decide that. And I know what his answer will be: 'You decide that … I've got enough on my mind.'"
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Posted On Thursday, 02.09.2012 / 1:22 PM

By Erin Nicks -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Senators defenseman Phillips to play 1,000th game

KANATA, Ont. -- Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Phillips, who will play in his 1,000th game on Thursday, insists it's just another day at the office.

"Once you're into the game, it's all business and we're trying to get back to our winning ways," he said. "I'm very proud of it -- it's a lot of games, and to do it all with one team makes it a little bit sweeter, for sure."

Phillips, the No. 1 pick in the 1996 Entry Draft, has made it through the long haul in Ottawa.

"There was talk early on of being trade bait, possibly being moved," he said. "And later on, I've had the opportunity of maybe moving on, but I'm certainly glad that everything worked and nothing happened, and I was able to continue to help this team out and have this night tonight.

"I think my role is more defined after that long being a defensive player, and priding myself on that. I came in as playing power play and putting some points up in junior, but that's definitely changed over the years. No matter what's been asked on the ice, it;s fun."

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, who celebrated his 1,000th game earlier in the season, knows what Phillips is going through.

"I played on the road, which I think was a little bit easier," he said.  "Here, we're at home, there's more distractions. But you just gotta go with the flow. We know it will be nerve-wracking for him, being here and anticipating the game. Once you get to the rink and get into your routine and that kind of settles you down. But we're going to be sure it's fun to join him in this game tonight, and hopefully we can get a win for him."
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Posted On Thursday, 02.09.2012 / 1:18 PM

By Erin Nicks -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Senators, Predators

KANATA, Ont. -- Here are the projected lineups for Thursday night's game between the Ottawa Senators and the Nashville Predators at Scotiabank Place:

SENATORS
Milan Michalek - Jason Spezza - Bobby Butler
Colin Greening - Kyle Turris - Daniel Alfredsson
Kaspars Daugavins - Zack Smith - Erik Condra
Nick Foligno - Jim O'Brien - Chris Neil

Filip Kuba - Erik Karlsson
Jared Cowen - Sergei Gonchar
Chris Phillips - Brian Lee

Alex Auld
Craig Anderson

Auld gets his first start since Dec. 30. Lee replaces Matt Carkner (healthy scratch), while Zenon Konopka is also a healthy scratch.

PREDATORS
Sergei Kostitsyn - Mike Fisher - Martin Erat
Colin Wilson - David Legwand - Patric Hornqvist
Brandon Yip - Nick Spaling - Jordin Tootoo
Jerred Smithson - Craig Smith - Matt Halischuk

Ryan Suter - Shea Weber
Roman Josi - Kevin Klein
Francis Bouillon - Ryan Ellis

Pekka Rinne
Anders Lindback

Brian McGrattan is day-to-day with an upper body injury and didn't participate in practice. Gabriel Bourque is a healthy scratch.
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Posted On Tuesday, 02.07.2012 / 12:30 PM

By Erin Nicks -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Blues vs. Senators

KANATA, Ont. -- Here are the projected lineups for Tuesday’s game between the Ottawa Senators and the St. Louis Blues at Scotiabank Place:

SENATORS
Milan MichalekJason SpezzaColin Greening
Erik CondraKyle TurrisDaniel Alfredsson
Nick FolignoZack SmithChris Neil
Kaspars DaugavinsZenon KonopkaJim O'Brien

Filip KubaErik Karlsson
Jared CowenSergei Gonchar
Chris PhillipsMatt Carkner

Craig Anderson
Alex Auld

Brian Lee is day-to-day with a lower-body injury while Bobby Butler is a healthy scratch.

BLUES

Jamie LangenbrunnerDavid BackesT.J. Oshie
David PerronPatrik BerglundMatt D'Agostini
Chris PorterVladimir SobotkaChris Stewart
B.J. CrombeenScott NicholRyan Reaves

Carlo ColaiacovoAlex Pietrangelo
Kris RussellRoman Polak
Barret JackmanKevin Shattenkirk

Brian Elliott
Jaroslav Halak

Jason Arnott is day-to-day with a bruised shoulder. He made the trip to Ottawa but is not expected to play. Alexander Steen (concussion), Andy McDonald (concussion) and Kent Huskins (ankle) remain out.
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Posted On Saturday, 02.04.2012 / 12:59 PM

By Erin Nicks -  NHL.com Correspondent /NHL.com - At the Rink blog

Projected lineups for Maple Leafs-Senators

KANATA, Ont. – Here are the projected lineups for Saturday night’s game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Place.

The Leafs held an optional skate, while the Senators, after a 2-1 overtime loss to the Islanders on Friday, also went with an optional practice.

SENATORS

Milan MichalekJason SpezzaErik Condra
Nick FolignoKyle TurrisDaniel Alfredsson
Colin GreeningZack SmithChris Neil
Kaspars DaugavinsZenon Konopka – Jim O’Brien

Filip KubaErik Karlsson
Jared CowenSergei Gonchar
Chris PhillipsMatt Carkner

Craig Anderson
Alex Auld

On Friday, Jim O’Brien was called up from Binghamton as “insurance” for an ailing Spezza, who is battling the flu. Spezza played against the Islanders, but O’Brien still went into the lineup, replacing Bobby Butler, who was a healthy scratch. On Saturday, coach Paul MacLean said that there would be no changes to the lineup.

MAPLE LEAFS

Joffrey LupulTyler BozakPhil Kessel
Clarke MacArthurMikhail GrabovskiNikolai Kulemin
Matthew LombardiTim ConnollyJoey Crabb
Colby ArmstrongDavid SteckelMike Brown

Carl GunnarssonDion Phaneuf
John-Michael LilesCody Franson
Jake GardinerLuke Schenn

James Reimer
Jonas Gustavsson

Darryl Boyce (back) remains out while Jay Rosehill and Mike Komisarek are the healthy scratches.



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