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Game Day 5: Sens vs Canadiens

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

Here are 5 things you need to know before tonight's Home Opener as the Sens play host to the Montreal Canadiens.

1. Line-up

Some line-up notes for tonight...

  • There was no morning skate today so we won't have any confirmed line-up notes probably until closer to 4 p.m. once Dave Cameron talks to the media.
  • We'll update the projected line-ups throughout the day if necessary so keep checking back for the latest line-up.
  • UPDATE: Dave Cameron confirmed that no line-up changes will be made to the forwards or defence tonight. Chris Wideman and Shane Prince both sit again.

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

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2. Goalies

No confirmed starter named for the Sens as of yet. Craig Anderson has started both games for Ottawa this season and has a perfect 2-0-0 record to begin the year. Anderson's goals against average sits at 2.40 while his save percentage is a sparkling .926%. Matt O'Connor has been the team's back-up this season while Andrew Hammond nurses an injured groin and Sens management has praised O'Connor's work in practice and during the offseason with goalie coach Rick Wamsley so it isn't inconceivable to think he may get an NHL game in the near future to give Andy a break.

UPDATE: The coach confirmed that Matt O'Connor will get his first career start in goal tonight at the home opener.

According to Montreal's game preview, back-up goalie Mike Condon will start in goal for the Canadiens. Carey Price given the night off after earning a win in Boston yesterday.

3. Last meeting

These two teams squared off in Ottawa just 8 days ago in the preseason finale and saw the Sens outlast the Canadiens 5-4. Kyle Turris had a game and chipped in with assists on 4 of the team's 5 goals.

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

4. Stat Corner

In yesterday's Game Day 5, I talked about the strong start that centres Mika Zibanejad and Kyle Turris were off to in the face-off dot after the season opener in Buffalo. Versus Toronto last night, they each had issues winning key defensive zone draws. For the game, Turris won just 44% of his face-offs while Zibanejad struggled to win just 33% of his. It will be interesting to see how the home team advantage effects either centre tonight.

Sens defenceman Erik Karlsson is a minute eater and after a relatively light game for him in Buffalo (22:57 TOI), his ice-time jumped to 30:56 against the Maple Leafs. Karlsson averaged over 27 minutes of ice-time per game last season.

Speaking of the captain...a quick stat from last night's game...

5. Broadcast

Tonight's game will be available on Sportsnet 1 and RDS as well as on the radio at TSN 1200. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m.

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