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Game Day 5: Sens @ Maple Leafs

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

Here are 5 things you need to know before tonight's Battle of Ontario as the Sens are in Toronto to face the Maple Leafs.

1. Line-up

Some line-up notes for tonight...

  • Head coach Dave Cameron confirmed this morning that there will be no changes to the Sens line-up tonight.
  • The lines at practice were also the same as the Sabres game on Thursday

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

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According to the the Toronto Maple Leafs game preview, here's how their line-up is looking...

James van Riemsdyk - Nazem Kadri - Brad Boyes

Shawn Matthias - Tyler Bozak - Joffrey Lupul

Leo Komarov - Peter Holland - Michael Grabner

Daniel Winnik - Nick Spaling – PA Parenteau

Matt Hunwick - Dion Phaneuf

Roman Polak - Morgan Rielly

Jake Gardiner - Scott Harrington

James Reimer

Jonathan Bernier

Injured: Stephane Robidas (knee)

Scratched: Frank Corrado, Mark Arcobello, Martin Marincin

2. Goalies

Craig Anderson is set to start his second game of the season after a strong effort on Thursday against the Sabres. Anderson stopped 26 of 27 in Buffalo and was only beaten by Jack Eichel's first career goal which came on the power play. Matt O'Connor is set to back up again.

From the projected line-ups above it appears that James Reimer will start in goal for the Maple Leafs.

3. Last meeting

These two teams faced on in a pair of split-squad preseason games back on September 21st with the Leafs earning the win in each contest. Erik Karlsson registered points (1G, 2A) on all 3 of the Sens goals during their 4-3 overtime loss in Ottawa.

Here are the full highlights from the game at Canadian Tire Centre...

4. Stat Corner

We're only 1 game into the season so we have an incredibly small sample size to draw from but looking at the NHL's enhanced stats from the Sabres game it was interesting to note that the defence pairing of Jared Cowen and Mark Borowieki actually lead the team in SAT (Shot Attempts For - Shot Attempts Against = SAT or Shot Attempts) with 6.

This pairing came together a bit later in the preseason so while it was just one game, it's something that that pairing will look to build on tonight in Toronto.

A strong start to the season for the Sens top two centres as well. Both Mika Zibanejad (72%) and Kyle Turris (60.7%) were incredibly effective in the face-off circle against the Sabres.

Some other quick stats from last game...

5. Broadcast

Tonight's game will be available on CBC on the radio at TSN 1200. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m.

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