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Game Day 5: Sens @ Panthers

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

The Sens take on the Panthers in the first half of a Florida back-to-back and we've got 5 things to help get you set for tonight's puck drop in Sunrise.

1. Starting Goalies

Craig Anderson makes his third straight start for the Sens tonight after a tough outing against the Hurricanes on Friday. Anderson is 15-8-1 this season and has been solid since returning to the team on February 11th.

Tweet from @Media_Sens: #Sens coach Boucher indicates to media that Craig Anderson will start, but rest of lineup is game-time decision. Lazar (upper body) is out.

At the other end of the rink, James Reimer will start in goal for the Ducks. Reimer is 12-7-4 this season for Florida but has been heating up lately earning 3 wins in his last 4 appearances.


2. Line-up notes

Not a lot of info to pass along today but there are a few things we do know. Both Mike Hoffman and Mark Stone participated in today's morning skate but their availability for tonight's game is still up in the air. Stay tuned to Sens twitter for the latest but word may not come until after they've taken warm-up. The coach also mentioned that Curtis Lazar got a little banged up against the Hurricanes on Friday and as a result will be inactive tonight to make sure it doesn't get any worse. He also took part in today's skate so this looks more like a short-term issue for now.

Tweet from @Media_Sens: So that leaves #Sens Stone and Hoffman as game-time decisions tonight, while Lazar (day-to-day, upper body injury) won't play in Florida.


3. Previous meeting

It was a track meet the last time the Sens visited the Panthers with the two squads combining for 11 goals (including 5 in the first period). Unfortunately, Ottawa ended up on the wrong end of a 6-5 final that night. Noteable performance from Ryan Dzingel in that game who notched a pair of opening frame goals in defeat.

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

Video: OTT Recap: Sens squander lead, fall to Panthers, 6-5


4. From the coach

Sens head coach Guy Boucher met with the media this morning in Sunrise and spoke about the importance of every game and more...

On facing a division rival tonight:

They're all big games because those two points whether they're at the end or at the beginning those are the points that help you make it in or get taken out of the mix. It's a dog fight and I've said it from Day 1 and that's exactly what we have right now. You win two, you're at the top. You lose two, you're under the bar. That's how it's been all year and it will continue that way until the end. 


5. Broadcast

It's a 7:30 p.m. start tonight in Sunrise and you can catch all the action on Sportset, Sportsnet 360 and TVAs.

Tweet from @Senators: It's a #Sens game day!The 4-game road trip continues tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Sunrise against the Panthers. Tune in on Sportsnet or TVAS.

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