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Game Day 5: Sens vs Coyotes

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

It's a matinee today against the Coyotes and we've got 5 key game stories to get you ready for puck drop.

1. Duchene hunting for his first with the Sens

The Sens may have dropped Matt Duchene's home debut on Thursday against the Penguins but the team's newest centre was encouraged by a strong showing in the first period.

"I don't think we were that far off for the rest of the game," said Duchene. "There was just that little, extra 10% that was not quite there."

The Penguins were able to rattle off a pair of second period goals late in the frame and Duchene noticed a shift in the game's tempo just prior to falling behind 2-0.

"The lack of flow in a game can sometimes hurt you as a team," Duchene continued. "I felt like we had some really good momentum in the first period and it got disrupted a little bit in the second and that worked in their favour."

Duchene finished the game leading the Sens in shots on goal with 5 and came very close to notching his first goal as an Ottawa Senator several times, a task he understands won't be easy.

"It's going to be the hardest one to get all year," he said about scoring his first with the Sens. "It's like how the first goal of the season always seems to be the hardest. I feel confident though and it's not like I'm gripping my stick or anything."

 

2. Wideman out "weeks"

Utility-man Chris Wideman participated in his second game as a forward on Thursday but unfortunately left the contest in the third period after getting tangled up with Penguins' centre Evgeni Makin while taking a shift on defence.

After being evaluated yesterday, Sens head coach Guy Boucher shared the initial diagnosis with the media.

"Wideman is going to be out for weeks," relayed Boucher on Friday. "We don't know how many weeks yet but we'll find that out this afternoon. It's a hamstring rip so we'll see how ripped it is."

Wideman has skated in 16 games for the Senators this season recording 8 points (3 goals, 5 assists) over that span. As a result of his injury, Ben Harpur has been recalled from Belleville and is eligible for today's game against the Coyotes.

Tweet from @Media_Sens: Roster update: #Sens recall defenceman Ben Harpur from @BellevilleSens. Mise �� jour alignement : Les #Sens rappellent Ben Harpur de Belleville (LAH).

 

3. Preparing for Arizona

The coach also spoke about preparing for today's game against the last-place Coyotes after facing off against the 2017 Stanley Cup Champions just a few days ago.

"I don't care what colour their jersey is: blue, yellow, black, green...I don't care. It's about ourselves," said Boucher. 

The Coyotes recently earned their first regulation win of the season in Montreal and the coach stressed that the team's focus is strictly internal heading in to today's game.

"We're not even looking right now at the opponent," he continued. "We're looking at keeping our game consistent for 60 minutes. That's our only focus."

Video: Nov 17: Boucher Practice Media

 

4. Previous meeting

Rewind back to March 9th where the Sens bested the Coyotes 3-2 in overtime thanks to a massive game from #65. Karlsson finished with 3 points on the night (2 goals, 1 assist) which included an unassisted goal in the extra frame to seal it. Mike Condon was brilliant in goal for the Senators turning aside 39 of the 41 shots he faced to earn the decision.

Full highlights from that game below...

Video: Karlsson lifts Senators past Coyotes in OT

 

5. Where to watch

It's a 2 p.m. start today at Canadian Tire Centre and there are super limited tickets remaining if you were looking for some lst minute seats to the game (check out the tweet below to get yours). You can catch all the action on TSN5 and TVAS as well as on the radio with Dean Brown and Gord Wilson on TSN 1200.

Tweet from @Senators: Standing room tickets are now available for games against Arizona and New York!SEE YOU THERE: https://t.co/8XaENWXtNZ pic.twitter.com/guM48rfZGs

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