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Game Day 5: Sens @ Sabres

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

The Sens are right back at it tonight against the Sabres and we take a look at 5 things before the puck drops in Buffalo.

1. Starting Goalies

After playing last night in Nashville, Craig Anderson gets a break tonight as it's been confirmed that Mike Condon gets the nod in goal in Buffalo. In Condon's only other start with the Senators, he made 27 saves to blank the Canucks 1-0 on November 3rd.

At the other end of the rink, Robin Lehner will start his second game in the past 5 days against his former club and looks for a repeat of his strong showing this past Saturday at Canadian Tire Centre. Need a refresher on what happened in that game? Keep reading…

 

2. Previous meeting

Rewinding back to last weekend, Lehner turned aside 32 of the 33 shots he faced including several massive saves to keep the Sabres in the game before a pair of third period goals from Kyle Okposo and Sam Reinhart clinched the victory for Buffalo. Lehner is now 2-0-1 in 4 career starts versus the Senators and sports a whopping .953 save percentage and impressive 1.41 goals against average in those games.

Mike Hoffman scored the lone goal for the Senators while stopped 29 of 31 in defeat. You can watch the full highlights from that game below…

 

3. Projected line-up

So it's a bit of a mystery tonight. With no morning skate today we don't have much to go on besides what the coach passed along. Guy Boucher mentioned that one of the forwards was a bit banged up and as a result Mike Blunden has been recalled from Binghamton and "may play". Who's banged up? It's hard to tell to be honest so for that reason we're going to forgo a formal projected line-up today as it would be incredibly inaccurate.

 

4. From the coach

On the progress the team is making on the power play:

If you're an outstanding power play you're going to be at 22% by the end of the year so you need a lot of power plays to score. Yesterday we had one and 30 seconds so that's why I'm not even touching it with the players. In the previous game we scored so if we get 3 or 4 power plays tonight and it's not good then we'll talk about what needs to improve but if we get 1 goal out for 3 tonight that's 33%. That'll be 2 goals in basically 5 tries and that's 40%. That will mean its gotten better so I need a few more power plays to tell you where it's at.

 

5. Broadcast

Standard 7:30 p.m. start tonight in Buffalo and you can catch the game on Sportsnet and TVA.

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