Here are 5 things you need to know before tonight's preseason game in Buffalo against the Sabres.
The Sens still have nearly 60 players at training camp so once again the coaching staff and management have crafted a line-up using only a fraction of the players available. You can find the roster for tonight's game here.
Some line-up notes for tonight...
- A few Sens will be making their preseason debuts tonight. Curtis Lazar, Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Chris Wideman were all inactive on Monday night during the split-squad games against Toronto.
- Here's how the forward lines and defense pairings looked during this morning's skate...
Puempel - Zibanejad - Chiasson
Lindberg - Pageau - Lazar
Prince - McCormick - Dzingel
Greening - Ewanyk - Stortini
Cowen - Kostka
Lepine - Wideman
Mullen - Chabot
Matt O'Connor and Chris Driedger are both making the trip to Buffalo after seeing roughly 30 minutes each of crease time during the Toronto split-squad games. Head coach Dave Cameron addressed the media this morning and confirmed both goalies would again see some action tonight:
A familiar face will be getting the nod in goal at the other end of the ice tonight as the Sabres announced yesterday former Senators goaltender Robin Lehner as their starter.
3. From the coach
As we mentioned above, the coach spoke with the media this morning before leaving with the team to Buffalo. Here are a few notable quotes...
What he's looking for from his line-up tonight:
For us, it's about details now. You have to be able to play with details. If you play with details than you're telling me you're smart and you read the play. That's all detail is...your ability to read the play.
On roster spots being up for grabs in training camp:
We have depth so it's a healthy competition within. I think what this team should know from when I coached last year is that I'm going to play the best guys. And that's nothing personal.
On how the captains will be assigned tonight:
I don't know if I'll do a C but three As or whatever.
His impression of Shane Prince and Matt Puempel so far in camp:
For those guys, I want to see that they can think the game. I want to see that they can play without the puck as well as they can with it. I think that both guys have the designation that they're offensive guys but to play in the National Hockey League they have to establish their game first. And their game is a 200-foot game and as good without the puck as you are with it.
On evaluating constantly re-evaluating the line-up:
There's auditions to see who's going to dress every night and they'll play wherever we deem gives us the best chance to win.
4. Last meeting
These teams last met back on March 6th, 2015 in Ottawa with the Sens scoring 3 unanswered goals in the final 2 periods to beat the Sabres 3-2. Mark Stone (1G + 1A) and Milan Michalek (0G + 2A) each had multipoint nights while Andrew Hammond stopped 24 of 26 to earn the win. You can see the full highlights from that game below...
Tonight's game will be available on RDS2 and TSN5 to viewers in the Sens region along with on the radio at TSN 1200. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m.