A Saturday night Battle of Ontario game that also actually has some significance to the Atlantic Division standings? Sign us up and here's 5 things to get you ready for tonight's tilt in Toronto.
1. Starting Goalies
Craig Anderson gets the call in goal tonight for the Senators. Anderson is 6-1-1 in his last 8 starts against the Maple Leafs which includes a pair of shutouts over that span. His record on the season sits at 13-7-1.
At the other end of the rink, it will be Frederik Andersen for the Leafs. Andersen has been up and down this season for Toronto and has just 2 wins in his last 7 starts which has his season record at 23-12-10.
2. Projected Line-up
A couple of changes for the Sens tonight as Marc Methot will return to the line-up after missing Thursday's game in New Jersey with an illness. Chris Neil will also be back in the line-up which is typically pretty fun for games against the Leafs. To make room, Fredrik Claesson and Curtis Lazar come out.
Bobby Ryan missed today's morning skate and the coach relayed that he is a bit under the weather but expects him to play. I'd probaby treat it as a game time decision similar to Methot on Thursday though.
Here's a look at the lines and pairings for tonight's game:
3. Previous Meeting
These teams met in Toronto just under a month ago and it was a pretty nice finish for the visitors that night. Mike Hoffman tied the game with just 1:11 remaining in the third period to force extra time and then Tom Pyatt sealed the victory in the shootout.
It was a good one and you can check out the full highlights from that game below...
Video: Hoffman, Pyatt power Senators past Maple Leafs, 3-2
4. From the coach
What he liked about Thursday's game:
We only allowed 21 shots, the shots were 35-21 for us and I think that's characteristic of when we play well. When we won against Washington we gave them 20 shots and the same thing with Pittsburgh. We don't give a lot of scoring chances and the guys are really keen on being structured and being together with a pack mentality. When we play like that we're at our best.
On facing the Leafs:
Obviously, we're playing a good team. Toronto has some great offence and their forecheck is very aggresive which can create a lot of problems in your zone so we have to do well against that.
Game time is set for 7 p.m. tonight in Toronto and you can catch all the action on CBC and TVAS2.