We look at 5 key things before the Sens kick off their mini 2-game road trip tonight at 7 p.m. against the New Jersey Devils.
1. Starting Goalies
After backing up the previous two games, Mike Condon is back between the pipes tonight for the Sens. Condon played a ridiculous stretch of games from December 1st all the way to February 4th where he boosted his season record to 16-9-5 and included a strong outing against the Devils (more on that later).
At the other end of the rink, it'll be Cory Schneider in goal for the Devils. Schneider has been a bit of a problem for the Sens since joining New Jersey back in 2013 and has compiled a 5-1-1 record in 7 starts against Ottawa which includes a .943 save percentage and a 1.68 goals against average...so yeah...less than ideal.
2. Projected line-up
A few changes tonight as both Curtis Lazar and Chris Wideman return to action in place of Chris Neil and Marc Methot (sick). This results in some mild shuffling but nothing too unexpected as Fredrik Claesson has filled in on the top defensive pairing next to Erik Karlsson in the past.
Here's how the forward lines and defence pairings look:
3. Previous meeting
We're smashing the rewind button all the way back to December 17th, 2016 when the Sens beat the Devil 3-1 in Ottawa. Zack Smith (1+1) and Chris Kelly (0+2) lead the way offensively with a pair of points each while Mike Condon locked things down for the Sens stopping 29 of the 30 shots he faced.
Here are the full highlights from that game:
Video: Condon, Senators beat Devils, 3-1
4. From the coach
On playing 6 of the next 7 games on the road.
I'm not looking at the 7 down the road here. I think you want to look at one game. We've done some good things on the road, we have an approach that's worked for us and this is a rebound game. It's the father's trip too so we had the father's in the meetings, the father's on the ice and I think it's a great day to say thanks for what they've done. No better day to rebound with them around.
On Lazar checking back into the line-up against the Devils:
I make decisions every game on what we need against a certain team and we needed Neil last game for his physicality since it was a big, heavy team that we played against and this one with Hall and the other guys it's a lot about speed so we want to make sure that we have the most speed on the ice.
Game time is set for 7 p.m. tonight in New Jersey and you can catch all the action on TSN5 and RDS.