Here are 5 things you need to know before tonight's game in New Jersey against the Devils.
Some line-up notes for tonight...
Craig Anderson will once again get the start for the Sens tonight against the Devils. So far this season, Andy's record sits at 19-13-4 while his goals against is at 2.79 and his save percentage at .916%. Andrew Hammond backs up him up tonight.
Cory Schneider will start in goal for New Jersey tonight.
3. Last meeting
These two teams last squared off in Ottawa back on December 5th with the Sens rallying from a 2-0 deficit in the 3rd period to take it 3-2 in overtime. Erik Karlsson notched the game winner while Mark Stone and Mike Hoffman provided the rest of the offense. Craig Anderson was stellar turning aside 29 of the 31 shots he faced in the victory.
So yeah. Looks like I'm so excited for a home game my brain fast-forwarded a day. Of course what I meant to say about the previous meeting was that it was actually on December 30th and saw the Sens drop a 3-0 decision to the Devils (even though they outshot them 36-21) at Canadian Tire Centre.
You can watch the full highlights from that game below...
4. From the coach
Sens head coach Dave Cameron met with the media after today's optional skate and shared some thoughts on the line-up and more...
Update on Mike Hoffman and Kyle Turris:
On if Matt Puempel will draw into the line-up tonight:
On what he would expect from Puempel should he play:
Gordie Howe hat trick (laughs). I'd really like that. For me, all the guys that come up is that I have to trust you away from the puck. If I do that, you're going to play and then your offensive side will come out. It's the same message I give to all the guys that got called up. Obviously, when you're not here there's something you're working on in your game to get you to the National Hockey League level. Matt's been up with us and played well for me last year in our stretch run. He just has to get back to that but he endeared himself to me because he was good away from the puck and he has an offensive upside.
On Jared Cowen returning to the line-up:
Jared has a chance to re-establish his game and get back to playing some real solid hockey. He should be real excited I would think.
On Cowen spending the past 9 games as a healthy scratch:
Well it's not so much what he wasn't doing, it was what other guys were doing better. Jared's game is quite simple: first pass and physicality. Simple as that.
On the prospects of Chris Phillips returning to the line-up:
I know he's rehabbing and I know he's getting better. I leave that to my medical staff. I just want to know how he's feeling. I talked to him and I know he's feeling better, I know he's skating with equipment on...where's it going from there? I can't give you an honest answer.
His impression on Fredrik Claesson's time with the Sens:
I thought Freddy was steady. Freddy came up and played steady hockey for us and played some real good games. That's what I told him going back: "Go back and just continue to develop your game and keep knocking on our door".
On facing the Devils tonight:
We've got to play a real solid 200-foot game for 60 minutes. There's no magic. They're a hard working team, they've got great goaltending and we'll have our hands full.
You can catch Sens TV's best of the locker room for more great pre-game comments...
Tonight's game will be available on TSN5 and RDS on the radio at TSN 1200. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m.