Stop #2 of the road trip goes down tonight in Columbus and we've get 5 things to get you ready before the puck drops against the Blue Jackets.
1. Starting Goalies
It's Mike Condon in goal once again as he's set to start his 11th straight game for the Sens. Condon is 3-1 in his last 4 and is coming off a 6-4 win against the Blues on Tuesday.
At the other end of the rink, it looks like Sergei Bobrovsky will be back in goal for the Blue Jackets. Bobrovsky currently sits in the top 5 fo the four major goalie categories this season including leading the league in wins with 27.
2. Line-up notes
Welp...not the best news from the coach this morning who relayed that several of the guys were under the weather the flu so no projected line-up today since it would be a complete guess. It looks like it may offer an opportunity for Fredrik Claesson to re-enter the line-up. Claesson last skated as the 7th defenseman against the Capitals back on January 7th. Not entirely sure which defenceman would come out of the line-up yet but we can all agree hopefully it's not Erik Karlsson.
The forwards are feeing it also as Casey Bailey has been recalled from Binghamton and is en route to Columbus. Again, there's been no indication who he'll be replacing yet.
Keep an eye on our Twitter as we get closer to puck drop for any news regarding who's in or out of the line-up tonight.
3. Some stats
In 20 contests, the Sens have an all-time record of 11-5-2-2 against the Blue Jackets which includes winning 4 of their last 5 in Columbus. Historically, Erik Karlsson has torched the Blue Jackets and in 11 games he's the Sens franchise leader in goals (7), assists (9) and points (16) versus Columbus with his most notorious effort coming against them back on Oct. 14th, 2015 when he compiled 4 assists in a 7-3 victory.
Another interesting stat that I came across this morning was the Sens effectiveness in the face-off circle in 2017. Since January 1st, Ottawa leads the league in facoff win percentage at 54.3% which is up drastically from their season average of 50.2%. The Sens have also given up only 3 goals on the penalty kill over this span which is tied for tops in the NHL.
4. From the coach
On his team dealing with the flu going around:
You're right, this is not the right time to have these guys out with the flu and we'll see how many of them can play and how many can't play and how many guys that we have to call up but we have to debate that now.
On not fully knowing the number of players that are dealing with the flu:
We've got some guys that clearly, for sure have it and some guys where it's starting or in between so I don't know how bad it's going to go during the day so we'll see.
Game time is set for 7 p.m. tonight in Columbus and you can catch all the action on TSN5 and RDS.