For the second time in his career, Ryan Dzingel will debut with the Ottawa Senators.
The winger will play his first game back in Ottawa colours tonight when the Sens visit Calgary, 19 days after being acquired from Carolina.
"It's been a long time since I've had a game so I've been itching to get out there and I can't wait," Dzingel said. "They got me prepared very well ... and I'm excited to get going."
Dzingel rejoined his teammates for practice Sunday after completing his mandatory quarantine after being acquired from the Hurricanes on Feb. 13.
After a couple of skates, including one yesterday in Calgary despite a day off, Dzingel is ready to go tonight.
"I'm going to keep it as simple as possible," he said. "Especially in the first game of a new system, new team [and] I didn't get to practice too much."
In the Sens' morning skate today, Dzingel lined up to the left of Chris Tierney, who is one of just a handful of Senators still on the roster that Dzingel previously played with in Ottawa.
"I love playing with him," Dzingel said. "He slows the game down and makes great plays and loves to dish the puck so I'm always willing to get the puck in the slot and shoot it so I'm excited to play with him again and it's always fun being out there with him.
"I have good chemistry on and off the ice with him so it'll be nice to have a familiar face with the same jersey on."
When Dzingel hits the ice tonight, it will be his 248th game for the Senators.