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Game Day 5: Sens @ Sabres

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

The Sens wrap up their 3-game road trip tonight against the Sabres and we've got 5 things to prep you before the puck drops in Buffalo.

1. Starting Goalies

The streak continues tonight as Mike Condon makes his 27th straight appearance in goal for the Sens. Condon has played in every game for Ottawa since the beginning on December (it's February btw) and has put together a record of 15-8-5.

At the other end of the rink, it'll be former Sens netminder Robin Lehner getting the start for the Sabres. Lehner is 2-0-2 lifetime against the Senators with a nasty save percentage of .951% and a goals against of just 1.42.


2. Projected Line-up

No line-up changes are expected from Thursday's win in Tampa Bay. Both Mark Borowiecki and Curtis Lazar returned to action in that game and will resume their regular roles again tonight against the Sabres. Chris Neil and Fredrik Claesson are the extras.


3. Previous Meeting

The Sens and Sabres squared of three times in November so we're going to look at the last time these teams last met in Buffalo. So rewind back to November 9th when Mike Condon and Robin Lehner combined to stop 59 of the 61 shots they faced through 65 minutes before Bobby Ryan sealed the victory in the shootout (see excellent header image for this blog).

Or just check out the full highlights from that game below...

Video: Condensed Game: Senators @ Sabres


4. From the coach

The Sens held an off-ice workout today and afterward head coach Guy Boucher met with the media in Buffalo. A few pre-game thoughts from the coach...

On facing the Sabres tonight:

We know their goaltender has done really well against us. I'm sure he's always very motivated facing his old team. We know they're a big team with a lot of depth at forward and scoring on many lines. We have not had our best games against them for sure. The last game I think we were a little surprised by Eichel, it was the first game he was back so that put a few curveballs in our preparation but we can't be surprised this time. The last time he killed us and we have to make sure that we're better playing against him today. 

On his team going into tonight's game:

You don't want to focus too much on the opponent. We had two softer All-Star Break games before and after and I think we got our game back last game. We were hard, we didn't give much to the opponent and we were good at both ends of the ice because we were hard so we want to make sure we have that today again.

On ending the road trip on a positive:

For me, it's not about the end or the beginning. It's the fact that we had 3 games before the road trip...we lost one, we won one so this is the deciding factor if this was a successful trip or not. 


5. Broadcast

Game time is set for 7 p.m. tonight in Buffalo and you can catch all the action on Sportsnet or TVAS.

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