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Game Day 5: Sens @ Jets

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

We've got 5 things before tonight's game in Winnipeg as the Sens look to bust out of their 3-game losing slump.

1. Starting Goalies

Mike Condon (19-12-6) gets the nod in goal tonight in Winnipeg. Condon is 2-1-1 in his last 4 starts for the Sens but allowed 2 goals or fewer in each game racking up .950 save percentage and a 1.69 goals against average over that span. His most recent action came in a brilliant 34 save shootout win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on March 23rd.

Tweet from @Media_Sens: #Sens HC Guy Boucher has informed media that @Condibear1 will start in goal tonight @NHLJets. Alex Burrows will also return from injury.

At the other end of the rink, Connor Hellebuyck (24-19-4) will start for the Jets. Hellebuyck is coming off a 4-3 win over the Devils on Tuesday.

 

2. Projected line-up

Mostly injury news to pass along (as usual). For starters, Erik Karlsson and Zack Smith have been ruled out for tonight's game and both have travelled back to Ottawa for treatment. According to the coach, Karlsson is day-to-day and hasn't been ruled out for Monday's game in Detroit while Smith is looking at a lengthier layoff. Sticking with the bad news, the coach also shared an update on Marc Methot and it's more of the same unfortunately. Boucher said he didn't expect Methot to return prior to the end of the season. Finally, Alex Burrows is set to return tonight against the Jets and will take Smith's spot in the line-up.

Here's how the line and pairings look...

Tweet from @Senators: Here's a look at the #Sens projected line-up for tonight's game in Winnipeg: pic.twitter.com/oo8tKI26ZR

 

3. Previous Meeting

These teams met in Ottawa on February 19th with the Jets leaving with a 3-2 win. Mark Stone and Zack Smith potted the goals for the Sens in defeat while Mike Condon made 17 saves to pick up the loss.

The full highlights from that game below...

Video: OTT Recap: Senators lose to Jets after late review

 

4. From the coach

On losing a veteran player out of the lineup but getting one back:

In a sense, you almost get 4 quarters for a buck because they've got the same type of strengths; guys that go to the net, guys in the right places defensively, guys who have a very high work ethic and guys who inspire their teammates because of their personalities and because of what they do on the ice and how they pay the price. In that respect, we're lucky. That's what those trades have given us, they've given us that depth where we got interchangeables between players and we're lucky to have that.


On the current mood of this hockey team:

It's the same that it's been all year. We've got our target; we've always said that it was about making it to getting in wherever, whenever and against whomever. We're on target now, we've got to keep that target. But having said that, we're also in the same spot we were all year with tons of adversity, injuries, guys missing and big pieces. We were out three months without our number one goalie, we've had Stone out, we've had Bobby out for a long time, we've had other guys and we've pulled through so we're in the same position now. Obviously Erik is a gigantic part of our team but we were able before that to manufacture some great games without some top guys and we're going to have to do it.

Video: April 1: Sens vs. Jets - Boucher Pregame Media

 

5. Broadcast

Game time is set for 7 p.m. tonight in Winnipeg and you can catch all the action on Sportsnet.

Looking for a spot to watch the game? Check out tonight's Molson Canadia Puck Party at Sens House. We're giving away front row seats to an upcoming Sens game AND a limo ride to and from Canadian Tire Centre.

Tweet from @Senators: It's a #Sens game day!The road trip continues tonight at 7 p.m. in Winnipeg against the Jets. Catch the game on Sportsnet. pic.twitter.com/srUKHTRcSq

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