It's a matinee in Ottawa and we've got 5 things to get you ready for this afternoon's game against the Islanders...
1. Starting Goalies
He's back. Craig Anderson makes his return to action today after a little over two months away on personal leave. His last start came on the road against Pittsburgh back on December 5th but he's been skating with the team regularly over the past two weeks and after a busy practice yesterday he gave the thumbs up for his return to the Sens crease against New York. Mike Condon acts as the back-up today against the Islanders.
Speaking of the Islanders, Thomas Greiss gets the call at the other end of the rink. Greiss has amassed a sparkling 17-8-3 record on the season and has won 5 of his last 6 starts for New York.
2. Previous meeting
Rewind back to December 18th in Brooklyn when the Sens dropped 6 on the Islanders. Zack Smith and Mark Stone led the way offensively with 3 points each while Mike Condon stopped 22 of 24 in relief of Andrew Hammond who left the game with a high ankle sprain.
You can watch the full highlights from that game below…
Video: Karlsson, Smith lead Senators over Isles
3. Projected line-up
No changes to the line-up today which means that the Sens will deploy the same 11 forwards and 7 defencemen they did on Thursday night against the Stars.
Here's how the lines and pairing look:
4. From the coach
It was a quick chat with the coach this morning and most of it was regarding today's starting goaltender. Check out his full media availability below...
Grab the family and come on down to Canadian Tire Centre today because we've got ourselves a 1 p.m. start time. Still some tickets available and you can grab yours here.
Not coming to the game? Catch all the action on TSN5 and RDS.