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Game Day 5: Sens @ Sabres

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

Here are 5 things you need to know before tonight's season opener in Buffalo against the Sabres.

1. Line-up

Some line-up notes for tonight...

  • Head coach Dave Cameron mentioned this morning that winger Clarke MacArthur would be a game time decision tonight. When MacArthur spoke with the media the other day he mentioned that he didn't sustain a concussion and he was just waiting to be medically cleared to return.
  • If MacArthur is unable to go tonight, Sens rookie Shane Prince will enter the line-up against the Sabres
  • Matt Puempel was assigned to Binghamton yesterday

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

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According to the Buffalo Sabres twitter, here's how their lines and pairings looked during this morning's skate...

2. Goalies

With Andrew Hammond on the shelf with a groin injury, Sens goalie coach Rick Wamsley confirmed that Craig Anderson would get the start in Buffalo. Starting the season with 3 games in 4 nights, the coaches also stressed that they would re-evaluate their starting goaltender on a daily basis. Rookie Matt O'Connor is serving as the team's backup in place of Hammond.

Former Senators netminder is expected to start in goal for the Sabres tonight.

3. Last meeting

These two teams split their 2015 preseason meetings, with each squad earning a win on the opponent's home ice. The most recent contest saw the Sabres out-gun the Senators to earn a 6-4 win in Ottawa. Clarke MacArthur (0G+2A) and Mark Stone (1G+1A) each finished with multi-point efforts in the lose.

Here are the full highlights from that game...


We caught up with Sens defenceman Cody Ceci earlier today for some quick comments and you can read/listen to his pre-game thoughts here.

Sens TV has all the best pre-game quotes from after today's morning skate in Buffalo which you can watch below...

5. Broadcast

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.

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