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Game Day 5: Sens @ Penguins

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

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

1. Line-up

Some line-up notes for tonight...

  • Head coach Dave Cameron confirmed that winger Clarke MacArthur would not be available for tonight's game. MacArthur is set to be evaluated when the team returns to Ottawa.
  • Sens rookie Shane Prince will enter the line-up against the Penguins in place of MacArthur. Prince appeared in 2 games last season registering an assist.

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


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According to NHL.com, the Pens projected line-up looks something like this...

Forwards

Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Phil Kessel

David Perron – Evgeni Malkin – Patric Hornqvist

Sergei Plotnikov – Nick Bonino – Daniel Sprong

Bobby Farnham – Matt Cullen – Kevin Porter

Defence

Ian Cole – Kris Letang

Olli Maatta – Ben Lovejoy

Brian Dumoulin – Rob Scuderi

2. Goalies

After another solid effort last night in Columbus, Craig Anderson will get the start for the Sens tonight. Anderson is a perfect 3-0 this season and sports a .927 save percentage and a 2.60 goals against average. Andrew Hammond joined the team for the two-game road trip and there was some talk that he might be in line for a start but given Anderson's play early in the season he's earned the opportunity in Pittsburgh.

Marc-Andre Fleury is expected to start in goal for the Penguins tonight.

3. Last meeting

Yes. I've been waiting for this game to come up. When I look back at last season, this is the game that always comes to mind. The entire 6 week drive to the playoffs can be summed up in this one game.

Down 3-0 after the first period, it felt like the magic had run out. After clawing back and putting themselves into the playoff picture in April, it appeared that the Sens wouldn't be able to recover and would miss out on 2 incredibly value points that would ultimately decide their playoff fate.

But then, like so many times during this stretch...they found a way.

4 answered goals, capped off by a Mark Stone overtime strike that nearly shook the building in half kept the Sens alive for another day.

You're going to want to watch every second of the full highlights...several times...so here they are:

4. Stat Corner

During last night's 7-3 win against the Blue Jackets, the Sens produced 7 different goal scorers and as of this morning Ottawa has 4 of the league's top 15 leading scorers (Karlsson, Turris, Stone and Zibanejad).

7 goals, 7 goal scorers. #Depth Next stop: Pittsburgh.

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Speaking of the captain, while he's failed to register a goal this season he's been spending his time dishing them out. Karlsson currently leads the league in assists with 7 after dropping 4 on the Blue Jacket's yesterday.

5. Broadcast

Tonight's game will be available on TSN5 and RDS2 on the radio at TSN 1200. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m.

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