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Game Day 5: Sens @ Islanders

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

We've got 5 key things for you as the Sens close out the regular season on the road against the Islanders.

1. Starting Goalies

Mike Condon (19-13-6) gets the call in goal for the Sens today in their regular season finale. Condon is looking to hit the 20 win mark for the second season in a row after compiling a 21-25-6 record with the Canadiens last year. His last appearance was a 4-2 loss at the hands of the Winnipeg Jets back on April 1st.

Tweet from @Senators: ICYMI: Mike Condon starts in goal today against the Islanders.

At the other end of the rink, nothing confirmed yet but it's probable to see Thomas Greiss (25-18-2) earn the start for the Islanders.

2. Line-up notes

Since the Sens locked up 2nd place in the Atlantic Division yesterday with their win against the Rangers, securing home ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs in the process, there isn't much on the line for them today in Brooklyn. They can't move up...they can't move down. With injuries being an issue down the the stretch for the Sens, several healthy players are sitting out this evening's contest including Derick Brassard, Cody Ceci, Mike Hoffman, Mark Stone, Dion Phaneuf, Kyle Turris and Viktor Stalberg. Checking in in their place tonight is Bobby Ryan, Chris Neil, Chris DiDomenico, Andreas Englund, Jyrki Jokipakka, Colin White and Nick Paul.

No clue how the lines and pairings will look. Feel free to make some guesses in the comments at the bottom.

Tweet from @Media_Sens: It has also been confirmed that Bobby Ryan will return for today's game @barclayscenter. Viktor Stalberg will be scratched in his place.


3. Previous meeting

Rewind back to February 11th in Ottawa when the Sens blanked the Islanders 3-0. Craig Anderson turned aside all 33 shots he faced to earn the shutout while Mark Stone, Zack Smith and Jean-Gabriel Pageau provided the offence in the victory. 

Here's a look at the full highlights from that game...

Video: Anderson shuts out Isles in return to lineup


4. From the coach

An update on his lineup:

We had option A, B and C really for what was going to happen today on us clinching yesterday. And if we did, we knew we were going to leave some guys behind so we made a list. After the game, we also had a few guys that had little boo-boos here and there and so we made decisions according to that. Some guys it's rest, some guys it's injuries that we're trying to get rid of. 
Pageau is playing today really because we can't call up someone else so I'm not expecting him to play much. He's younger, that's why he's here today or else we would have taken him out too. Bobby Ryan is back - that's good because we want him to get a good game of ice time just to make sure he's back in game shape after missing a bit. Chris Neil is playing. Obviously the guys who have come up [from Binghamton] Paul and Englund is coming in, Wideman is playing, DiDomenico is playing… so everybody that we could play that was with us is playing. Condon is in net and O'Connor is coming up. Ceci is here but he's here only per-caution in case somebody was sick or something happened before the game. 

On the importance of giving some guys some rest:

I've seen most guys really tired the last three weeks. It's been very exhausting for everyone. Tough road trips, guys missing, guys playing banged up. So I think for us it was a no brainer. If we got a chance to rest some guys, and not just rest - there's the possibility of injuries. I mean, we've had enough and that's enough. So some of the guys are resting, some guys are out because we don't want to take a chance - especially centers. I think if you lose centers, you're in big, big trouble.

On the anticipation of two teams to prepare for as opponents in the Playoffs:

That's tomorrow, today - not really. Either or, we're ready. For us it's just let's get through today…hopefully no injuries. We're still keeping our habits by giving chances to some guys to get some ice time because we're going to need everybody in the playoffs at some point or another. You're going to change the lineup for whatever reason; we're going to get injuries. If we're lucky enough to go far, all the players that you'll see today most probably will get a game here and there.

Video: April 9: Sens vs. Islanders - Boucher Pregame


5. Broadcast

It's a 5 p.m. start this evening in Brooklyn and you can catch all the action on TSN5 and RDS2.

Tweet from @Senators: It's a #Sens game day!The boys wrap up the regular season in New York against the Islanders at 5 p.m.Tune in on TSN5 or RDS2.


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