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Game Day 5: Sens vs Kings

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

We've got 5 things to help get you ready for tonight's 7:30 game start against the Los Angeles Kings.

1. Starting Goalies

"If he's here, he starts."

That's been head coach Guy Boucher's mantra when it comes to Craig Anderson this season and as expect, he'll get the start in goal tonight for the Sens. Anderson is 6-3-0 in 9 appearances for Ottawa this season.

At the other end of the rink, the Kings have been dealing with injuries in the crease all season. It's expected that Jeff Zatkoff will get the nod for Los Angeles tonight but we weren't able to confirm that since the Kings didn't skate this morning.

 

2. Remembrance Day

There were several displays made today in honour of Remembrance day, including a pause at the morning skate at 11 a.m. to observe a moment of silence along with several posts on social media.

While this day obviously means a lot to the players, coaches and organization, it hasn't been overly kind on the ice. In the 12 games that have taken place on November 11th, the Sens have compiled a record of 1-10-1 (ouch) with their lone win coming against the Atlanta Thrashers back in 2003. They've also been outscored 48-27 during these games.

 

3. Projected line-up

From the sounds of it, Chris Neil is expected to return tonight against the Kings. Neil missed the last game, which prompted the recall of Mike Blunden from Binghamton, but he was able to take part in the morning skate so it's highly probable he rejoins the line-up. The coach did mentioned a possible game-time decision at forward with Blunden still around, it's difficult to say what that might be so stay tuned tonight after the warm-up for confirmation. Speaking of warm-up, Chris Wideman is expected to take part in the pre-game twirl but isn't ready to return from injury yet. Here's how the lines and pairing are shaping up.

 

4. From the coach

On the improvements that need to be made on offence:

It's starting to be a priority for us where before that the priority was defence. Right now, if you look after the games that we've played up to this point we go from the bottom of the league in goals against to 7th and and we're 9th in goals against average. So that's pretty fast to turn it around defensively. The guys have really bought in and now we have to join the two together and grow the other side of our game.

 

5. Broadcast

Things kick off at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Canadian Tire Centre and you aren't able to make it to the building you can catch the game on TSN5 and RDS.

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