The Sens are in Edmonton set to take on the Oilers tonight and we've got five things to help get you ready for puck drop.
1. Starting Goalies
After Pierre Dorion announced that Craig Anderson's wife Nicholle had been diagnosed with cancer yesterday, the Sens #1 goaltender has rejoined his team in Edmonton and is in line to start the game tonight against the Oilers. Anderson's return was prompted by his family after an injury to Andrew Hammond against the Flames left the team with little NHL experience in goal. Anderson currently sports a record of 4-1-0 this season in 5 appearances.
At the other end of the rink, Cam Talbot gets the call for the Oilers. Talbot has been very good for Edmonton this season and leads the NHL in wins with 7.
2. Beast Mode
We mentioned Craig Anderson's return above but some of yesterday's comments following Dorion's announcement were quite powerful and really showcased the bonds that exist within the Sens locker room.
Here are what some of Anderson's teammates had to say yesterday…
3. Projected line-up
No line-up changes expected tonight as the Sens will deploy the same squad as the previous two games in Vancouver and Calgary. Shot suppression has been a relatively hot topic for the Sens early in the season and they seem to have found a fairly optimal line-up in that regard. In their last two games this line-up is averaging just 20.5 shots against while generating 30.5 shots for. A far cry from the team who finished dead last in average shots against in 2015-16 with 32.8 per game.
4. From the coach
On having Craig Anderson back with the team:
It's terrific to have him back as a person first of all and a member of our group but as a goaltender he's a terrific #1 goalie. He's got a 4-1 record this year in 5 games played so obviously he's a gigantic part of our team. Right now, to have him back is huge for us but the way he's show focus right now is pretty impressive.
Last late one of this 3-game road trip and you can catch the game tonight at 9 p.m. on TSN5 and RDSI.