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Game Day 5: Sens vs Flames

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

The Western Canadian road trip makes it's second stop in Calgary tonight at 9 p.m. and we've got 5 things to help get you ready for puck drop.

1. Injury updates

The Sens have battled injuries early in the season, especially on the blue line, but there's some positive news to share in regards to when we could see some healthy bodies come back. Johnny Oduya, who suffered an injury in the home opener against Washington, didn't travel or practice with the team yesteday but Sens GM Pierre Dorion hinted on Wednesday that Oduya could be available for tonight's game in Calgary.

"Johnny Oduya could join us on this trip," shared Dorion during a media scrum earlier this week. "I"m not sure if it will be in Calgary but probably Edmonton but he could be ready to join us in Calgary. I don't want to mislead you because I still need to talk to the trainers."

The Sens GM ruled out Erik Karlsson for the duration of this 3-game road trip but was optimistic that we could see the captain return "at some point in time next week".

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Colin White, who suffered a wrist injury during the pre-season, has resumed skating and shooting the puck and appears to be ahead of schedule in his recovery while Ben Harpur, who was injured against the Red Wings, is set to resume skating in the next few days.

 

2. Brotherly Love

They'll be a familiar face in Calgary tonight for Mark Stone as he gets set to compete against his brother Michael for the first time since he joined the Flames late last season.

"I'm happy for him and he seems to be in an environment that he likes," Stone said of his brother yesterday. "The team has had some success since he's joined them which is great because he had some pretty tough years in Arizona. It'll be exciting to play a pretty competitive game against him."

The Stone brothers have seen plenty of each other on the ice over the years including games against one another in the WHL, Memorial Cup, AHL and NHL.

"It's nothing new for me," said Stone after recounting the numerous times he's faced off against his sibling. "I don't think it gets any easier to play against your brother but it's fun and my mom and dad have been to every game. It's always fun to play in front of your family."

Their parents will be in attendance for tonight's game at the Saddledome and when pressed who they might be cheering for Mark summed it up perfectly.

"I think they just hope for no injuries. I think they just want us to go out there and enjoy the game we love and hopefully that we don't do anything stupid to each other."

Video: Oct 12: Practice Media - Mark Stone

 

3. What we know from yesterday

Sens head coach Guy Boucher met with the media yesterday after the team's skate and shared that there are still a lot of decisions to be made regarding tonight's line-up against the Flames.

"I can't tell you anything because we haven't decided it yet," the coach said with a laugh. "We have to go back now and see if we're keeping the same line-up as last game or which goalie we want to use first (on the back-to-back)."

Boucher did confirm that Mike Condon will make his first appearance of the season this weekend but was still undecided if it would be tonight in Calgary or tomorrow in Edmonton. The team also has a choice to make in terms of how they'll deploy their skaters after earning their first victory of the season in Vancouver utilizing 7 defenceman and 11 forwards.

"It was the right choice last game and the kids played really well," said Boucher. "If you look at our overall game the shots were 40-26 if I'm not mistaken so that's really good in someone else's barn."

The Sens are set to skate today at 1:30 p.m. (ET) so we should have a better idea in terms of line-up decisions after that.

Video: Oct 12: Practice Media - Guy Boucher

 

4. Previous meeting

These teams last faced off in Ottawa back on January 26th, 2017 and after erasing a 2-0 deficit in the third period the Sens ultimately dropped the game in overtime 3-2. Tommy Wingels and Chris Wideman scored for the Senators in defeat while Mike Condon turned aside 23 of 26 shots in nearly 65 minutes played.

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

Video: OTT Recap: Sens erase two-goal deficit, lose in OT

 

5. Where to watch

We've got ourselves another later start tonight with the puck set to drop in Calgary at 9 p.m. (ET). You can catch all the action on TSN5 and RDS2 along with the radio call on TSN 1200.

Tweet from @Senators: It's a #Sens game day! The western road trip continues tonight in Calgary against the Flames at 9 p.m.! pic.twitter.com/QeaiJWaNeD

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