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Game Day 5: Sens @ Devils

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

The Sens are back in New Jersey looking for the second road win there in the pas week and we've got 5 things you need to know before the puck drops.

1. Starting Goalies

Craig Anderson is back between the pipes tonight against the Devils after splitting this weekend's back-to-back with Mike Condon. Anderson stopped 34 of 37 against the Maple Leafs on Saturday to improve his record on the season to 14-7-1.

Tweet from @Senators: Morning skate in New Jersey. pic.twitter.com/wEGzjR7rdW

At the other end of the rink, Cory Schneider gets the nod in net for New Jersey. Schneider has been very good against the Sens since joining the Devils but his most recent effort was a 3-0 loss to Ottawa (more on that game in a bit). 

 

2. Line-up notes

The injury bug not only bit the Sens over the weekend but thanksfully it looks like it didn't any lay eggs...that's how bad things looked after Sunday's loss to the Jets. The coach provided some updates this morning and while the news certainly isn't great, it's probably not the disaster scenario he described after the Winnipeg game...

  • Bobby Ryan has a broken finger but doesn't require surgery so he'll be out about a month.
  • Mark Stone, contrary to league reports saying otherwise, is actually hurt. He left the Jets game after a hit that earned Jacob Trouba a 2-game suspension because he was hurt, he didn't skate this morning because he's hurt and he won't play tonight because he's hurt. If there is a silver lining here it appears to be a neck injury as opposed to a concussion, either way Stone is out tonight.
  • Mike Hoffman tweaked his groin against Winnipeg and after testing it out this morning for a bit, won't be in action tonight. Consider him day-to-day.
  • Tommy Wingels also left Sunday's game but the coach is hopeful that he'll be in the line-up tonight. Treat this as a game-time decision but it seems like he'll be in the line-up against the Devils.
  • As a result of al these injuries, Casey Bailey and Max McCormick have both been recalled from Binghamton and will be in action tonight.
  • Curtis Lazar and Chris Neil are also expected to play tonight.
  • It appears that Fredrik Claesson won.t be active tonight but that could change depending on what happens with Wingels.

 Tweet from @Media_Sens: Updates from coach Boucher: Stone (neck) and Hoffman (groin) will not play; Bailey, McCormick, Neil and Wingels expected to play tonight.

There were no line rushes at today's morning skate so here's our guess at the projected line-up for tonight's game:

 

3. Previous meeting

I'm not sure that you really need a refresher since it was literally just 5 days ago but since the Sens and The System beat the Devils 3-0 we're going to do it anyways. Dion Phaneuf, Erik Karlsson and Kyle Turris all marked for the Sens while Mike Condon was perfect, stopping all 21 shots he faced.

Video: Condon makes 21 saves in 3-0 shutout of Devils

 

4. From the coach

On Bailey and McCormick being recalled:

I think when Bailey has come up he's done really well. He's smart, he's in the right places and I like the simple things he does with the puck. McCormick is as hardworking as you can get. He's 'Mr. Relentless' and has worked his way up here now because when you make choices you make choices on what you need but also on who deserves it down there. That's the name that was coming up the past two weeks. They always keep me up on who's doing well and it was 'McCormick, McCormick, McCormick...' so that was clear and I think Bailey for what he's done with us when he came up it was clear. Right now, those are the two guys and if we need more in the next few days we'll look at who's doing good down there but hopefully we don't need more.

Video: Feb 21: Sens vs. Devils - Coach Pregame Media

 

5. Broadcast

It's another 7 p.m. start in New Jersey and you can catch all the action on literally the best Sens coverage availble with TSN5 and RDS2.

Tweet from @Senators: It's a #Sens game day!The 4-game road trip starts tonight against the Devils. Puck drops at 7 p.m.Catch the game on TSN5 or RDS2. pic.twitter.com/OpSCx69UPr

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