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Namestnikov to make Ottawa debut; Allen to make first start of season in goal for St. Louis

by Callum Fraser / Independent Correspondent

BLUES (2-0-1) at SENATORS (0-2-0)

7:30 p.m. ET; RDSI, TSN5, FS-MW, NHL.TV

The Game

Vladislav Namestnikov will make his Ottawa Senators debut against the St. Louis Blues at Canadian Tire Centre on Thursday.

The Senators acquired Namestnikov in a trade with the New York Rangers on Monday for a fourth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft and defenseman Nick Ebert.

Ottawa will try to avoid a third straight loss in regulation, which would be its worst start to a season. The Senators started the 2010-11 season 0-2-1.

Senators goaltender Anders Nilsson will make his season debut; he was 11-11-0 with a .914 save percentage in 24 games last season.

Blues goaltender Jake Allen will make his season debut; he was 19-17-8 with a .905 save percentage in 46 games last season.

Players to watch

Blues forward Sammy Blais has four points (two goals, two assists) during a three-game point streak to open the season.

Senators forward Brady Tkachuk has scored in each of his first two games this season.

They said it

"He's exactly like his brother (Matthew Tkachuk) and exactly like his dad (Keith Tkachuk). They're tough down there. We've got to make sure we keep him outside because he likes to get to the front of the net. They've got some [defensemen] that can get the puck there so we've got to make sure we play him hard." -- Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo on defending Senators forward Brady Tkachuk

"[The Blues are] super hard-working and a very physical team, and they just wore teams down in the playoffs. Every time in the playoffs they stepped up. Every game it was the same thing, get pucks deep and be physical. I think that's something every team can learn from them, just kind of out-will and out-play them." -- Senators forward Brady Tkachuk

Blues projected lineup

Jaden Schwartz -- Brayden Schenn -- Vladimir Tarasenko

Sammy Blais -- Ryan O'Reilly -- David Perron

Robby Fabbri -- Tyler Bozak -- Zach Sanford

Ivan Barbashev -- Oskar Sundqvist -- Alexander Steen

Justin Faulk -- Alex Pietrangelo

Jay Bouwmeester -- Colton Parayko

Vince Dunn -- Robert Bortuzzo

Jake Allen

Jordan Binnington

Scratched: Mackenzie MacEachern, Carl Gunnarsson

Injured: Robert Thomas (upper body)

Senators projected lineup

Brady Tkachuk -- Colin White -- Tyler Ennis

Anthony Duclair -- Chris Tierney -- Bobby Ryan

Vladislav Namestnikov -- Artem Anisimov -- Connor Brown

Vitaly Abramov -- Jean-Gabriel Pageau -- Scott Sabourin

Thomas Chabot -- Nikita Zaitsev

Erik Brannstrom -- Ron Hainsey

Mark Borowiecki -- Dylan DeMelo

Anders Nilsson

Craig Anderson

Scratched: Mikkel Boedker, Cody Goloubef

Injured: None

Status report

The Senators recalled Abramov from Belleville of the American Hockey League on Monday and sent forwards Drake Batherson and Filip Chlapik top the AHL.

Stat pack

Perron needs one goal for 200 in the NHL. … Ryan needs two assists for 300 in the NHL.

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