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Game Day 5: Sens @ Blues

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

The Sens are in St Louis tonight set to face the Blues and we've got 5 things to help you get ready for puck drop.

1. Line-up

No line-up changes to the forwards and defence are expected for tonight's game and the team will roll with the same line-up as yesterday's game against the Blackhawks.

Here's a look at the Sens projected line-up for tonight...


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2. Goalies

It was confirmed this morning that Andrew Hammond would start in goal for the Sens tonight. In 7 games this season, Hammond has a record of 2-3-1, a save percentage of 0.923% and a goals against average of 2.42. Craig Anderson gets the night off and will serve as back-up.

Former Senator Brian Eliiott will be in goal tonight for the Blues.

3. Last meeting

These two teams last faced off back on November 25th, 2014 in St Louis with the Sens besting the Blues 3-2 in a shootout. Alex Chiasson sent the game into extra time in the dying seconds and Bobby Ryan sealed the deal with the only goal in the shootout.

You can watch the full highlights from the game below...

4. From the coach

Sens head coach Dave Cameron spoke with the media in St Louis earlier today and here are a few excerpts from that scrum...

On changes to the line-up for tonight:

The burglar is going to start in nets.

On potentially shuffling up his forward lines:

I haven't finalized it. I told the coaches on the plane last night to come in this morning with their line combinations so I've got more numbers than a bingo parlor sitting in front of me now. They're not finalized though.

On what his team needs to do to get the offense going again:

We have to play the right way. No matter how skilled you are offensively if you don't have the puck, you're not going to score. You have to be more committed to getting the puck back. It's hard at this time of year, team's don't want to give it to you so you have to play the system to get it back and when we get it we have to make sure that we hold on to it, we don't give it back and we're not "one and done" in the o-zone.

On the team's focus on defense:

Getting the puck back isn't just playing defensively in your own end. It's how you forecheck, it's how you track back through the neutral zone, it's how you forecheck in the neutral zone...it's all of the above. And then you have to be solid in your own end on top of that.

5. Broadcast

Tonight's game will be available on TSN5 and RDS as well as on the radio at TSN 1200. Puck drop is set for 8 p.m.

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