Catch up on at least 5 things you may have missed today with the Game Day 5 as we inch closer to tonight's 9 p.m. puck drop in Calgary.
1. Starting Goalies
Andrew Hammond gets the start tonight for the Sens in Calgary. Hammond has only seen one other game this season and it was a 5-1 loss to the Red Wings back on October 17th. Chris Driedger will be on back-up duty tonight after it was announced yesterday that Craig Anderson would taking a leave of absence from the team so that he can attend to a personal matter at home.
At the other end of the rink, former-Senator's goalie Brian Elliott is set to start the game for the Flames. Elliott sports a record of 2-3-0 this season with a goals against average of 3.37 and a save percentage of 0.882 in those 5 appearances.
2. Stats Dump
So last game against the Canucks I had this bright idea to look up the Sens history of success in Vancouver but the struggle was real. So hey, why don't we try again in Calgary. Oh…
The Sens have an all-time record of 6-11-2 against in Flames in Alberta and have been outscored 66-43 in those 19 games. Not shockingly, Daniel Alfredsson is the team's franchise leading scorer on the road against Calgary notching a dozen points (3G, 9 A) in a dozen games. The current active points leader is Erik Karlsson who has put up 4 assists in 6 games.
And just like against the Canucks, this is the first time these teams have ever faced-off in the month of October.
3. Projected line-up
Besides the goaltenders, no line-up changes are expected for tonight. After a solid 3-0 win against the Canucks on Tuesday where they limited Vancouver to just 22 shots this isn't really a big surprise. Head coach Guy Boucher shuffled the lines prior to that match-up looking for a spark and he seems to have found it. Of note, winger Ryan Dzingel has started the season en fuego and currently sits second on the team in scoring with 6 points and leads the squad in goals with 4.
4. From the coach
On pre-scouting tonight's game against the Flames:
We know that they've played two really good games against good opponents. I think you can see that the new coach is starting to get his way. They were a team that was turning pucks over at the beginning a lot but the last two games they were really good at not turning the puck over, they put a lot of pucks at the opponent's net and their power play has been really good.
It's another late start for the Sens. Catch the game tonight at 9 p.m. on TSN5 and RDS2.