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Game Day 5: Sens @ Red Wings

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

The Sens are in Detroit set to square off against the Red Wings tonight and we've got 5 things to help you get ready for puck drop.

1. Line-up

Some line-up notes for tonight...

  • Sens head coach Dave Cameron confirmed yesterday that both Curtis Lazar and Mike Hoffman wouldn't play in tonight's game as a result of their injuries.
  • The coach did hint that Hoffman may be ready for tomorrow's game in Ottawa.

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

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2. Goalies

It was confirmed after this morning's optonal skate that Andrew Hammond would start in goal tonight in Detroit. Hammond's only other appearance this season was a 5-4 shootout loss to the New Jersey Devils a little over a week ago. Craig Anderson will serve as back-up tonight and all signs point to him being the starter for the second half of the home-and-home series with Detroit tomorrow night.

Jimmy Howard appears to be in line to start tonight's game for the Red Wings.

3. Last meeting

These two teams last faced off against each other back on March 31st, 2015 in Detroit with the Sens earning a 2-1 shootout win. Andrew Hammond stopped 16 of the 17 shots he faced while Mika Zibanejad, Kyle Turris and Mark Stone all scored in the shootout.

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


We had a few extra tidbits from after today's optional skate so we thought we'd pass along some of them...

Andrew Hammond on the team progressing:

We're still figuring it out a little bit but I think in practice we're developing the details a little bit more and everyday we're getting a little bit closer. It's still a little bot of a work in progress but we're definitely heading in the right direction.

Shane Prince on building off Wednesday's win against the Flames:

It was kind of a weird game but in the end we did win. It's good to bounce back and get a win under our belts at home. It's exactly what we needed going in to Detroit here and hopefully get another one and come back home.

Matt Puempel on his comfort level playing in the NHL:

I think after my first game of the year in the NHL, you feel more comfortable than you did the year before obviously. You feel a little more comfortable with the knowing the guys better and knowing what to expect from the coach so I'm feel comfortable and excited.

Dave Cameron on building momentum:

You can't get on a roll unless you win the first one. It's as simple as that, we're trying to get on a roll.

You can watch Sens TV's best of the locker room from Detroit below...

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 7:30 p.m.

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