We've got 5 things you need to know before tonight's 10 p.m. start in Vancouver against the Canucks...
1. Starting Goalies
Craig Anderson gets the call again tonight for the Senators. Anderson sports a record of 3-1-0 on the season with his lone loss coming against the Tampa Bay Lightning last weekend. His 3 wins this year have him tied for second for the league lead.
At the other end of the rink, it looks like Ryan Miller is set to make his third start of the season for the Canucks. Miller's record sits at 1-1-0 this season after he missed a block of games due to an undisclosed injury. He dropped his most recent appearance to the Anaheim Ducks this past Sunday by a score of 4-2.
2. Stats Dump
Since the trip out west is pretty rare, I thought I'd delve into the Sens' statistics against the Canucks on the road but what I found wasn't super pretty.
To date the Sens have played 19 games against the Canucks in B.C. and have a record of 6-12-1 while being outscored 61-42 in the process. Former Sens captain Daniel Alfredsson leads the franchise in road games played against the Canucks with 13 and points with 8. The current active leaders in away game points against Vancouver are Clarke MacArthur (3 points in 2 GP) and Chris Neil (3 points in 9 GP).
Tonight's game also marks the first time these teams have faced-off in the month of October and the earliest these teams have ever met in a season.
3. Projected line-up
Some pretty significant changes to the Sens forward lines tonight as head coach Guy Boucher looks to find some chemistry in the top 9. Matt Puempel returns to the line-up after Phil Varone cleared waivers yesterday and Thomas Chabot will be the lone scratch tonight.
4. From the coach
On changing up the forward lines for tonight's game against the Canucks:
When you're on the road you don't have the last change and when we were at home I was able to match the lines that I wanted. Today won't be the case so we're trying to get drive and reliability on every line so that we're able to play against whatever they throw at us.
Put on a pot of coffee because it's a late one. Catch the game tonight at 10 p.m. on TSN5 and RDS2.