The Sens are in Detroit and we've got 5 things to help you get ready before they face-off against the Red Wings tonight...
1. Starting Goalies
Andrew Hammond is in line to make his first start of the season tonight in Detroit. Hammond put together a record of 7-11-1 last season along with a very respectable .914 save percentage.
At the other end of the rink, Petr Mrazek gets the call in goal for the Red Wings. Mrazek is 0-2-0 on the season but is coming off a campaign that saw him rack up 27 wins in 54 game last year and claim the starters spot in the Motor City.
2. Farewell to the Joe
It's the final home opener at Joe Louis Arena as the Red Wings get set to move into their new barn next season. It's been a fairly even-steven stop for the Sens as they have compiled an all-time record of 8-10-0 at the Joe.
Tonight's aforementioned starter in the visitor end is no stranger to these parts or the Arena. After today's skate Hammond spoke briefly about what playing at the Joe means to him:
"Going back to college it's a special rink for me from the games I got to play here. Obviously living around in the area I'm pretty familiar with it and I get to skate here with a few of the guys during the summer so I have a good understanding of this rink and its history so I think it does make it a little more special. The one season in college that we went to the league finals was probably the only time I've ever gone in to double overtime with that many shots so it was an entertaining game to be a goalie."
3. Projected line-up
One small change to the projected line-up for tonight as Matt Puempel makes his first appearance for the Sens this season in place of Phil Varone . As a result, it looks like Ryan Dzingel moves up to skate with Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Tom Pyatt on the third line after the trio showed some excellent speed and chemistry on Saturday against the Canadiens. Puempel slots in on the fourth line with Chirs Kelly and Chris Neil.
4. From the coach
On Puempel working his way into tonight's line-up in Detroit:
"I told Puempel that I'm not 'giving' him a game. He's earned it. He's practiced real hard, he's increased his pace like I asked him to do, he's starting to force himself in offensively and he's been a lot more relentless than at the beginning. He's a scorer, a guy that has a knack for the net, he's got good hockey sense but his intensity needed to go up a little higher and it did so he deserves to come in."
Puck drop for tonight's game is set for 7:30 p.m. and you can catch all the action on TSN5 and RDSI.