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Game Day 5: Sens vs Devils

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

Here are 5 things you need to know before tonight's game as the Sens get set to face the New Jersey Devils.

1. Line-up

Some line-up notes for tonight...

  • No line changes from the Nashville game for the Sens except that we know in advance that Chris Wideman will be in the line-up tonight.
  • Sens defenceman Marc Methot skated with the team this morning but has been ruled out for tonight's game. Methot was diagnosed with a concussion but could be rejoin the line-up as early as Saturday.

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

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On the other side of the puck you can get an idea of the Devils' projected line-up via Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen:

2. Goalies

Andrew Hammond gets his first start of the season after spending some time nursing a groin injury. Last season the Hamburglar took the league by storm racking up a record of 20-1-2 and earning numerous stars of the week/month. Craig Anderson serves as the back-up.

Cory Schneider looks to be in line to start for the Devils after spending today's morning skate at the starter's end.

3. Last meeting

These two teams last faced off against each other back on February 3rd, 2015 in New Jersey with the Devils winning a low scoring game 2-1. Lazar was the lone goal scorer for the Sens and you can watch the full highlights from the game below...

4. Stat Corner

In honour of Chris Neil's 900th game milestone tonight, I thought we'd take a look back at some of his career stats...

  • Neil (899) trails only Chris Phillips (1,179) and Daniel Alfredsson (1,178) for the modern franchise lead in games played
  • Neil has a healthy lead when it comes to the most penalty minutes in modern franchise history with 2,296. Phillips sits in second with 756 so that record seems safe for the foreseeable future
  • What's something Neil hasn't done in his 899 games? #25 has never been used in the shootout.
  • Prior to taking the ice tonight Neil has worn a Sens jersey for 169 hours, 22 minutes and 33 seconds during games which is good for 4th in modern franchise history. Sens captain Erik Karlsson sits 5th on that list and trails Neil by just 68 minutes and 23 seconds so it appears impossible (although not completely out of the question if you know anything about Erik Karlsson) that the order changes tonight.
  • In his 13 NHL seasons, Neil has only missed more than 15 games in a season twice (2008-09 and 2014-15)
  • Including preseason, regular season and playoffs, Chris Neil has fought 194 times.
  • Arguably the most impressive stat considering his style of play, he has never been suspended by the NHL. EVER.

5. Broadcast

Tonight's game will be available on TSN5 and RDS as well as on the radio at TSN 1200. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m.

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