The Sens are back on home ice this evening and we've got 5 things you should probaby know before they host the Winnipeg Jets at 5 p.m.
1. Starting Goalies
Mike Condon gets the start in goal tonight for the second half of the Sens' back-to-back. Condon's last start was a 3-0 shutout win in New Jersey against the Devils on Thursday which was his 5th perfect game in his 30 starts this season. His record on the year going into this evening's game is 17-9-5.
At the other end of the rink, it'll be Connor Hellebuyck for the Jets. Hellebuyck is 19-15-2 on the season but has just 3 wins in his last 8 starts.
2. Projected line-up
Several changes from yesterday's game starting with the biggest news so far today, Bobby Ryan took a shot off his hand in Toronto last night and is currently being evaluated so consider him out indefinitely. Curtis Lazar checks back into the line-up in his place while Fredrik Claesson comes back in for Chris Neil and the Sens will go with 11 forwards and 7 defencemen against the Jets.
Not entirely sure how the lines and pairings will work so for now we've just slotted Lazar on the third line but expect some line-shuffling:
3. Previous meeting
It's been awhile since these teams last faced off, all the way back to March 30th of last year in fact. So here's a quick refresher of the Sens 2-1 win that night...
Video: Chiasson scores go-ahead goal in 3rd to lift Senators
4. From the coach
On Ryan's injury:
He was playing great. That's the tough part is that he had been doing really good. He's a top 6 guy and we're already missing one of our top 6 guys since the beginning of the year so we're missing another one so of course it hurts.
On preparing for today's 5 p.m. start time:
Right now energy is your number one thing. We had a day off on Friday and we knew we were going to have this back-to-back, play 3 games in 4 nights and then play again on Tuesday and we travel through that. Energy is the number one thing so today we just had the guys come to the rink. We're going to have our three meetings: powerplay, PK and 5-on-5. We're also going to limit the video to try and give the guys time to breathe. Make sure that they've got the energy and the focus for the game.
On the father's trip coming to an end:
It was great for the players to thanks their fathers with that kind of courage and performance. I thought the last two games were great and a great display of the team coming together.
5. Where to watch
We've got an earlier start tonight things kicking off at 5 p.m. at Canadian Tire Centre. These games are great to bring the kids out to so if you haven't already so grab some tickets and we'll see you later today.
Can't make it to CTC? Catch all the action tonight on TSN5 and TVAS.