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Game Day 5: Sens @ Predators

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

The Sens are in Nashville and we've got 5 things to help set the table for tonight's 8 p.m. start against the Predators.

1. Starting Goalies

Craig Anderson is set to make his 9th start of the season for the Sens tonight in Nashville. Anderson currently reps a record of 6-2-0 and sports a goals against of 2.21while his save percentage sits at .930 for the year. In his previous 4 starts, Anderson has only given up 3 goals while facing 124 shots.

At the other end of the rink, Pekka Rinne gets the call tonight. Rinne and the Preds have struggled to earn wins early in the season but the long-time Nashville netminder still has a .916 save percentage in 9 starts.

2. By the numbers

The Sens are 5-5-0 all-time in Nashville dating back to December 1st, 1998 when these teams first faced off in the state of Tennessee. The Sens took that inaugural meeting with the Predators by a score of 3-1 thanks to a pair of points from Daniel Alfredsson (1G, 1A) and Ron Tugnutt stopping 27 of the 28 shots he faced that night.

Alfredsson is also tied with Wade Redden for first in franchise points on the road against the Predators with 5 while current Predators captain Mike Fisher sits third on that list with 3 assists in 6 games played.

In super small sample size news, Craig Anderson's record against the Preds in Nashville is 1-2-0 and he's dropped his last two starts at Bridgestone Arena including a 7-5 loss last year in a bit of a track meet.

3. Projected line-up

No changes to the line-up again tonight which means that Chris Wideman remains the lone scratch tonight. Here's how the lines and pairing are shaping up...

4. From the coach

On pre-scouting tonight's game against the Predators:

There's a lot of skill, there's a lot of cycling, there are guys taking off for breakaways so they're a highly skilled team that's high risk and they've got the players and goaltender to do so.

5. Broadcast

It's a little later than normal as tonight's contest gets underway at 8 p.m. in Nashville and you can catch the game on TSN5 and RDS2.

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