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Game Day 5: Sens vs Canucks

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

The western Canadian road swing kicks off in Vancouver and we've got 5 game stories to get you set for tonight's 10 p.m. puck drop.

1. Burrows back in Vancouver

After spending 12 seasons in Vancouver as a Canuck, Alex Burrows gets set to make his return to Rogers Arena tonight. Burrows amassed 384 points (193 goals, 191 assists) in 822 games played with the Canucks from 2005 to 2017 and admitted it will be strange coming back as a visitor.

"It might be a little weird to be on the other side but I'm really looking forward to it," Burrows tells TSN 1040 in Vancouver. "This city has meant so much to me and my family over the last 12 years so I'm excited to be back but at the same time it's all about business."

After opening the season with a pair of shootout losses at Canadian Tire Centre, Burrows stressed the importance of tonight's game as the Sens hunt for their first victory this season.

"We'd like to get our first win and hopefully we can get the result we're looking for."

Tweet from @TSN1040: LISTEN Alex Burrows: Weird and exciting to return, but we want a win #canucks https://t.co/5omshQCxw4

 

2. Recalls and roster moves

The Sens made a pair of recalls from Belleville this weekend as they look to bolster a battered blue line for their current road trip. Thomas Chabot and Christian Jaros joined the Sens in Vancouver on Sunday in relief of Erik Karlsson, Johnny Oduya and Ben Harpur who are all currently out of the line-up with injuries.

Karlsson and Oduya remained in Ottawa to continue rehabbing and a timeline for either's return is still not clear however there is a slight chance that they could travel and be available for tonight's game in Vancouver although head coach Guy Boucher said that would be "highly unlikely". Harpur, who left Saturday's game against Detroit, has been placed on the IR with a shoulder injury and is considered week-to-week.

Chabot, who made his NHL debut last season, has skated in one game for the Senators and played a little over 7 minutes against the Arizona Coyotes back on October 18th, 2016. This is the first career NHL recall for Jaros who made his North American professional debut with Belleville this past weekend in Laval and registered an assist on Chabot's power play marker in what was the franchise's first goal.

Tweet from @BellevilleSens: �� The historic first goal in #BellevilleSens history belongs to @ThomasChabot1! #itBegins pic.twitter.com/p63URcJgDk

 

3. What we know from yesterday

For starters, Mike Hoffman didn't join his teammates for yesterday's practice at UBC as he was "under the weather" and his availability for tonight's game is still to be determined. We're unsure how that might impact the line-up yet but the combination of Hoffman's potential absence and the injuries to the defence corps has a few things up in the air at the moment.

"We're debating whether we're going to go with 7 defenceman and 11 forwards or we're going with 6 defenceman and the top 4 lines so we'll decide that after warm-up," said Boucher of his line-up. "We also need to find out what's happening back home to see if we're getting a defenceman or two back or not."

One thing that has been confirmed is that Craig Anderson will start in goal tonight for the Sens. Anderson has appeared in both previous games for the Senators this season and sports a record of 0-0-2 with a goals against average of 2.31 and a save percentage of .914.

Video: Oct 9: Practice Media - Guy Boucher

 

4. Previous meeting

These teams last faced off in Ottawa back on November 3rd, 2016 and saw Mike Condon make 27 saves to earn the 1-0 decision and record his first shutout with the Senators. Mike Hoffman's solo effort was the lone goal in the game and came midway through the second period.

Full highlights from that game can be found below...

Video: Condon, Senators top Canucks, 1-0

 

5. Where to watch

Throw on a pot of coffee because it's a late one tonight. The puck drops in Vancouver at 10 p.m. (ET) and you can catch all the action on TSN5 and RDS along with the radio call on TSN 1200.

Tweet from @Senators: It's a #Sens game day! The first road trip of the season starts tonight in Vancouver against Canucks at 10 p.m. pic.twitter.com/AcUtowm8Fz

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