It's a 2 p.m. start today against the Golden Knights and we've got all kinds of details on how you can support Hockey Fights Cancer, pre-game thoughts from Mark Stone and more...
1. Hockey Fights Cancer
Tonight the Sens will host their 9th annual Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night, presented by Nordion, in support of the Sens Foundation and the Ottawa Hospital. Nicholle Anderson, the NHL's Hockey Fights Cancer ambassador and wife of Sens goaltender Craig Anderson, will be on hand for a ceremony before the game so make sure that you're in your seats early for this one.
"I think that if you feel confident enough and you feel comfortable then you have an outlet to share your experiences and allow people to get a glimpse of what you went through," Craig Anderson said of his wife's role with Hockey Fights Cancer this month. "She's very strong and when she finds something that she's passionate about she reall wants to give back."
We spoke with Nicholle earlier this week and she touched on a lot of great topics leading up to today's game so if you missed it yesterday, be sure to give it a read before puck drop here.
2. How you can support HFC today
There are plenty of ways to get involved today and it starts with attending the game if you can. There are limited tickets remaining so snatch them up here using the promo code "THEOTTAWAHOSPITAL" and a discount will be provided with a portion of every sale going towards cancer care and research.
Here are a few more options to donate and support Hockey Fights Cancer today:
- Text message SENS to 45678 for a $10 donation and SENATORS to 45678 for a $5 contribution. The NHL will match all generated funds up to a total of $5,000.
- Download an "I Fight For" card and show us for whom you are fighting and share it via social media using the hashtag #HockeyFightsCancer.
- Bid on limited edition autographed Senators merchandise and other items at www.sensbid.gesture.com
- Purchase limited edition autographed Senators mystery pucks at the game for just $20.
All proceeds from Hockey Fights Cancer donations will be directed to the Ottawa Senators Foundation in support of the The Ottawa Hospital.
3. Stone scoring early
Mark Stone is off to a great start through 13 games and currently leads the Sens in goals (8), points (14) and plus/minus (+10). After a turbulent season last year that saw him miss time due to injury, Stone is happy to see his production trending upwards.
"That's the way the NHL is; it's streaky and you never know when you're going to score your next one so you have to be prepared to play every night," said Stone of his quick start. "I think I've done a pretty good job at being consistent this year."
Video: DET@OTT: Stone nets loose puck for 200th point
Stone's success so far this season is partly related to flanking a new centreman and his chemistry with Derick Brassard has been aparent since the pair combined for 5 points in the season opener against Washington.
"We're both offensive guys but we're also pretty simple hockey players," Stone said of his regular centre this season. "We don't try to do too much and we generate most of our chances off of shots and making little plays."
Like many players in the locker room, Stone has lived through the effects that cancer has had on the organization over the past few years and prior to their Hockey Fights Cancer game, he shared a few thoughts on what today means to him and his teammates.
"We've had a pretty tough stretch here with that terrible disease," shared Stone before today's game. "It started with Mark Reeds three years ago and he was a guy that has helped me become an everyday NHL player. Then obviously with Bryan this past summer, he kind of gave a lot of us our first opportunities to play in the National Hockey League. Now with Craig and Nicholle's fight that has had a better ending but it's obviously been a tough couple of years for us and it will be a day that will be pretty emotional for a lot of people in the building. "
4. From yesterday
The Sens hit the ice for practice yesterday and afterward, head coach Guy Boucher spoke with the media about facing the Golden Knights for the first time.
"They're a meat and potatoes team that is absolutely relentless. That's how they get their success," said Boucher. "This is probably the hardest working team in the league, period. And there are some really hard working teams in this league but from watching quite a few games they are very impressive in that respect."
There was lots more good stuff from the coach as usual and you can hear everything he had to say yesterday below...
Video: Nov 3: Practice Media - Guy Boucher
5. Where to watch
We've got ourselves an early start time today so heads up because puck drop is set for a little after 2 p.m.. If you aren't able to make it to the rink you can catch the game on TSN5 and RDS2.