We've got 5 things to help get you ready for today's preseason matinee in St. John's, Newfoundland against the Carolina Hurricanes.
With the Sens having played last night in Ottawa, today's official roster sees some inactive players from last night checking in to the line-up. You can find the roster for today's game here.
Some line-up notes for tonight...
- With no morning skate today and Dave Cameron's propensity to shuffle lines during preseason games, it would be pretty tough to predict lines and defence pairings. So instead, here's my best guess based off of previous lines at skates and preseason games. Take it with a grain of salt and expect something different on the ice in St. John's. Obviously, there are still some scratches to be made.
Hoffman - Zibanejad - Puempel
Lindberg - Pageau - Lazar
Paul - Smith - Neil
Prince - O'Dell - Chiasson
Dzingel - McCormick - Stortini
Wiercioch - Ceci
Cowen - Kostka
Claesson - Wideman
According to the Carolina Hurricanes Game Preview their projected line-up looks like this...
Gerbe - J. Staal - Nestrasil
Versteeg - Nash - Skinner
McGinn - McClement - Terry
Di Giuseppe - Ryan - Tolchinsky
Liles - Wisniewski
Slavin - Murphy
Carrick - Pesce
According to Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen, Andrew Hammond will get the start and is expected to play the full game today much like his counterpart Craig Anderson did last night.
At the other end of the rink, the Hurricanes are expected to start Cam Ward.
3. Last meeting
These teams last met back on March 17th in Carolina as the Sens pulled out a 2-1 overtime win. Mark Stone had the game winning goal (see below) and Sens captain Erik Karlsson chipped in with assists on both goals. Andrew Hammond made 31 saves to ty Hall of Fame member Frank Brimsek as the only other NHL goaltender to start his career with 12 straight games allowing fewer than three goals.
A full recap and highlights from this game can be found here.
4. Out East
The Sens played a pair of preseason plit-squad games in St. John's last year dropping both contests to the New York Islanders 3-2, with the final game needing a shootout.
Current Sens centre Eric O'Dell spent a large parts of the last 4 seasons with the Winnipeg Jets' AHL affiliate based out of St. John's while long-time Senator Colin Greening, who remains banged up from a hit he took against the Sabres last week, hails from the capital of Newfoundland.
Today's game won't be televised so if you're looking to follow along our friends at TSN 1200 will have the call or you can follow our live game tweets on Twitter at @Senators. Puck drop is set for 3:30 p.m.