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Game Day 5: Sens @ Panthers

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

Here are 5 things you need to know before tonight's game in Sunrise against the Panthers.

1. Line-up

Some line-up notes for tonight...

  • The coach has decided to go with 7 defenseman again tonight as Patrick Wiercioch checks back into the line-up in place of Shane Prince.
  • The coach also mention that he may use Borowiecki at forward tonight as well.

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

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2. Goalies

Craig Anderson once again gets the call in nets for the Sens tonight. This will be Andy's 12th consecutive start. His record for the season currently sits at 12-7-3. Andrew Hammond continues to progress and is getting closer to returning but in the meantime, Chris Driedger backs up against the Panthers.

Roberto Luongo will start in goal for the Panthers tonight.

3. Last meeting

Rewind back to March 29th of last season for the most recent match-up between these teams as the Sens dropped a Sunday afternoon matinee at home to the Panthers 4-2. Erik Karlsson and Jean-Gabriel Pageau provided the offense for the Sens in that game and Craig Anderson stopped 33 of 36 in defeat.

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

4. From the coach

Sens head coach Dave Cameron met with the media earlier today in Sunrise after the team's morning skate. Here are some of his pre-game thoughts...

An update of Kyle Turris who didn't participate in the morning skate:

Maintenance day. He's going to play tonight.

On changes to the line-up:

Going with 7 D tonight. Patty Wiercioch is in, Prince is out.

On potentially playing Mark Borowiecki at forward:

I may use him at forward.

On facing the Panthers:

Should be a good hockey game. Two teams that are trying to find their way in terms of consistency and getting to the upper echelon of the teams in the East. Two teams that are playing well right now.

An update on Andrew Hammond's status:

He's close. I don't know when he's coming in though but he's close. Day-to-day.

On sitting Shane Prince tonight:

I want all my players to improve. I'm just using my line-up and my depth and putting some NHL guys in.

5. Broadcast

Tonight's game will be available on TSN5 and RDS on the radio at TSN 1200. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m.

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