Five things to help you get ready for tonight's game against the Vancouver Canucks at Canadian Tire Centre...
1. Starting Goalies
Some goalie news from the rink today, first it was announced that Craig Anderson would not be available for tonight's game as he's rejoined his wife Nicholle and it's uncertain when he will return.
Newest Ottawa Senator Mike Condon was on hand for today's morning skate and it was confirmed by the coach that he would be starting his first game with the team tonight against the Canucks. Condon, who was acquired from Pittsburgh yesterday for a 2017 5th-round draft pick, appeared in one period for the Penguins this season stopping all 7 shots his faced.
At the other end of the rink, Jacob Markstrom is in line to start for the Canucks tonight. Markstrom has been solid to start the season and saw more action than anticipated with starter Ryan Miller missing a few games in mid-October. His 3-1-1 record is actually quite impressive given the Canucks sport a team record of 4-5-1 and are dead last in offense with just 17 goals in the 10 games this year.
2. Last meeting
These two teams last faced off against each other just 9 days ago in Vancouver with the Sens earning a 3-0 win. Ryan Dzingel tallied a pair of goals in that game while Craig Anderson recorded the first of consecutive shutouts to earn the NHL's first star that week. You can check out the full highlights below…
3. Projected line-up
After today's morning skate, Sens head coach Guy Boucher confirmed that Mark Stone would not be available for tonight's contest. Stone is dealing with a minor neck injury he suffered against the Hurricanes on Tuesday and while it isn't anticipated that he'll miss an extended period of time the team recalled Max McCormick and Fredrik Claesson prior to tonight's game. McCormick is set to take Stone's spot among the forwards but it's unclear with whom he'll line up alongside given that the team didn't do any line rushes this morning. The coach also mentioned that a few of the team's regular 6 defensemen were a bit banged up so it's possible Claesson could enter the line-up as well although that will probably be confirmed post-warm-up.
Until then, here's what the line-up could look like although I think it's likely that either Chris Kelly or Matt Puempel will see time alongside Zack Smith and Jean-Gabriel Pageau on the third line.
4. From the coach
On avoiding another slow start tonight against the Canucks:
We had more energy today. It was a day off yesterday on purpose so coming in today there's more energy and hopefully that means a better start. In our start last game we had shooting opportunities we didn't take and we turned the puck over 4 times at their blueline which gave them some momentum in our zone. Those are definitely two things that we want to avoid today.
Things kick off at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Canadian Tire Centre but plan to get here a little earlier because we've got $1 hot dogs and $1 small pops for Throwback Thursday.
You can also catch the game on TSN5 and RDS.