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Projected lineups for Sabres, Senators

Tuesday, 02.05.2013 / 1:10 PM

By Erin Nicks - NHL.com Correspondent / 2012-2013 At the Rink blog

OTTAWA -- Here are the projected lineups for the Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night at Scotiabank Place:

SABRES

Thomas VanekCody HodgsonJason Pominville

Marcus FolignoTyler EnnisDrew Stafford

Steve OttMikhail GrigorenkoJochen Hecht

John ScottCody McCormickNathan Gerbe

Jordan LeopoldMike Weber

Adam PardyTyler Myers

TJ Brennan – Alexander Sulzer

Jhonas Enroth

Ryan Miller

Injuries: Patrick Kaleta, Andrej Sekera, Robyn Regehr, Ville Leino, Christian Ehrhoff

Scratches: Matt Ellis

Enroth exited the ice first after practice, indicating that he is likely to get the start. He has a career record of 3-0-1 against the Senators, with a 2.16 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage.

Ehrhoff skated briefly at the beginning of practice, then left the ice and did not return. Pardy, who was recalled from Rochester on Monday, is expected to fill the hole in the lineup.

SENATORS

Mika ZibanejadKyle TurrisDaniel Alfredsson

Milan MichalekZack SmithJakob Silfverberg

Colin GreeningPeter ReginChris Neil

Erik CondraStephane Da CostaJim O'Brien

Marc MethotErik Karlsson

Andre BenoitChris Phillips

Patrick WierciochMark Borowiecki/Sergei Gonchar

Craig Anderson

Ben Bishop

Injuries: Guillaume Latendresse, Jason Spezza, Jared Cowen, Mike Lundin

Scratches: Kaspars Daugavins, Mark Borowiecki

Da Costa, who was called up from Binghamton on Monday, will see time on the fourth line, flanked by Erik Condra and Jim O'Brien.

Coach Paul MacLean said Gonchar (flu) is expected to play, and Borowiecki would likely come out of the lineup. Both will take warm-up Tuesday night.

With only one goal in their last two games, offense has become a serious issue for the Senators. The loss of Spezza, who required back surgery to repair a herniated desk, is significant. However, the team knows that they must make up for his absence by any means necessary.

"You can never replace [Jason Spezza]," Turris said. "He's one of the best players in the League. To fill that void, we've got to simplify things, and get pucks and bodies to the net. Everybody kinds of tenses up [with the lack of offense] -- that's when you’ve got to keep shooting. Hopefully one goes off somebody's butt and in, and they all start trickling in after that."

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery