Here are 5 things you need to know before tonight's split-squad games against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
With 60+ players in camp, the coaching staff was tasked with creating two line-ups for tonight's split-squad contests. You can find the rosters for both games below...
Some line-up notes for tonight...
- Sens prospect Tobias Lindberg will be skating with NHL regulars Kyle Turris and Clarke MacArthur. We caught up with Lindberg earlier to talk about making the most of this opportunity.
- Here's how the forward lines and defense pairings for tonight's game in Ottawa looked during this morning's skate...
MacArthur - Turris - Lindberg
Michalek - O'Dell - Ryan
Prince - McCormick - Neil
Ewanyk - Dzingel - Guptill
Chabot - Karlsson
Cowen - Kostka
Mullen - Claesson
- Sens defenceman Mark Borowiecki was paired with prospect Ben Harpur this morning during the "away team"'s skate we spoke with Borowiecki about his potential partner for tonight's game in Toronto.
- Here's how the rest of the forward lines and defense pairings for tonight's game in Toronto looked earlier today...
Hoffman - Paul - Chiasson
Perron - Zibanejad - Dziurzynski
Greening - Smith - Schneider
Puempel - Chlapik - Stortini
Wiercioch - Ceci
Borowiecki - Harpur
Lepine - Tuzzolino
A number of Sens will be inactive tonight due to the large amount of players still at camp. Some names to note that won't appear in either game tonight: Mark Stone, Curtis Lazar, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Chris Wideman and Marc Methot. Methot addressed his absence during the second half of yesterday's Sens Fan Fest scrimmage with the media today and stressed that he's fine.
During yesterday's availability, Sens head coach Dave Cameron mentioned that he expected Craig Anderson and Andrew Hammond to each play about 30 minutes tonight. The coach followed that up today saying that Anderson and Matt O'Connor would be splitting tonight's game in Ottawa although he hadn't spoken with his goaltenders to decide on which one would be getting the start.
In the Leafs' crease, it is expected that James Reimer will make the trip to start in goal against the Sens in Ottawa while Jonathan Bernier is slated to start the split-squad game in Toronto.
4. Last meeting
These teams last met back on April 5th, 2015 with the Sens losing in a shootout. Mark Stone (1G + 1A) and Kyle Turris (0G + 2A) each had multipoint nights in defeat while Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier made 45 saves to earn the win. You can see the full highlights from that game below...
Tonight's home game will be broadcast locally on TSN5 while the away game is only available via NHL Centre Ice or Gamecenter Live. Puck drop for both games is schedule for 7:30 p.m.