We've got all the broadcast info you need plus 4 more things to get you ready for tonight's 7 p.m. start at MSG versus the Rangers.
We're starting with the broadcast info today because we've had to make some changes and we're looking to make it as easy as possible for you to catch tonight's game. The good news: you can totally catch the game tonight but not on TSN5 or TVAS as previously advertised. Think of it this way, this game is going to be so good it needs it's very own channel for the day.
Here's how it breaks down:
2. Starting Goalies
After a solid 32 save outing last night against the Hurricanes, Craig Anderson is back in net for the Sens tonight in New York. Anderson has compiled an 11-4-1 record this season and has been historically good at MSG sporting a lifetime record there in a Sens jersey of 3-1-1 to go along with a .930 save percentage.
At the other end of the rink, Antti Raanta gets the call for the Rangers. Raanta is a perfect 5-0-0 this season while backing up Henrik Lundqvist.
3. Previous meeting
It's been awhile since these two teams have faced off and a lot has changed since then (including a few notable player swaps). So let's rewind back to January 24th, 2016 when the Sens blanked the Rangers 3-0 at Canadian Tire Centre.
Mike Hoffman led the way offensively notching the game's first goal and adding an assist while Craig Anderson was perfect in net turning aside all 35 New York shots he faced.
Here's a look at the highlights from that game...
Video: Anderson, Hoffman help Senators blank Rangers
4. Projected line-up
Lots of questions marks surrounding the Sens line-up for tonight's game and as a result Max McCormick has been recalled from Binghamton.
The coach wasn't able to pass along any lines or pairings earlier this afternoon given that there were two many different scenarios at play so expect the final line-up to come together closer to puck drop. Both McCormick and Fredrik Claesson will take the warm-up tonight.
5. From the coach
Guy Boucher met with the media in New York today and touched on a number of subjects. As usual the entire chat with the coach is worth watching but here's a brief snippet on...
We've really developed a mental toughess that wasn't there at all at the beginning in terms of staying focused on the now. No matter what the circumstances are we stick to what we do and we're on the same page. We used to drift away whenever something would happen, now guys don't drift. Whether they score or we have a bad stretch or we take penalties that we feel are unfair...anything now doesn't set us off. It's the opposite and you can feel it on the bench. There's a soul to this team but there's also the willingness to be on the same page.