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Game Day 5: Sens vs Kings

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

The Pacific Division-leading Los Angeles Kings are in town and we've got 5 game stories for you before tonight's 7:30 p.m. start.

1. Borowiecki on the mend

The Sens have been bitten by the injury bug pretty hard recently with Mark Borowiecki (day-to-day), Zack Smith (day-to-day) and Bobby Ryan (out for at least a month) all having been sidelined in the past week. After re-joining the team for practice on Monday in a non-contact jersey, it appears that Borowiecki may be closing in on a return.

"I feel pretty good after taking a few bumps out there," the Sens blueliner said after yesterday's skate. "I would like to play on Tuesday and that will be a joint decision with myself and the medical staff after we figure out what's going on."

Borowiecki played just 8:24 seconds against the Canucks last week before exiting the game prior to the third period after accumulating some wear and tear from fights in 3 consecutive games. When asked if he'll look to limit his participation in the on-ice fisticuffs, he admitted it might be time to be more selective about dropping the gloves.

"I've had that discussion with our athletic therapists and I think it's one of those things where unless it's following a big hit and I have to...I'm going to stop looking for it." said Borowiecki. "I'm not doing my body any favours that's for sure."

 

2. Condon's crease tonight

Mike Condon (1-0-0) gets the nod in goal for the Sens tonight against Los Angeles. The Senators will play 4 times over the next 7 days and Sens head coach Guy Boucher shared that he'll look to split those games evenly for his netminders.

"We've got many games in very few nights and we decided that we want to go 'two and two'," said Boucher on Monday about how he'll deploy his goaltenders this week. "Not necessarily knowing yet which one of the two and two each will play but starting with tomorrow: Condon's in."

Tweet from @Senators: The coach confirms that Mike Condon will start in goal tomorrow against the Kings. pic.twitter.com/56tSgTNcU5

In his only other appearance this season, Condon was brilliant against the Oilers back on October 14th in Edmonton turning aside all but one of the 36 shots he faced to pick up the 6-1 decision.

 

3. Brown records first point

In his third game with the Sens, rookie Logan Brown finally cracked the scoresheet this past weekend. Brown's relentlessness around the Leafs' net on Saturday night resulted in the game's opening goal as Nate Thompson jammed home Brown's rebound just 8 minutes into the first period to put the Sens in front 1-0.

Video: TOR@OTT: Thompson pokes puck past sprawled Andersen

Brown was on the ice for a season-high 10:49 against Toronto, including 2:05 on the power play, and received praise from the Sens' head coach for his play on Monday.

"I would say that was probably the best mix of his game since he's been with us," Boucher shared during his media availability yesterday. 

The coach went on to compliment Brown's play with the puck but noted that the 19-year old centre is still learning to defend at the NHL level.

"We saw a young guy that did some good offensive stuff and we also saw him get out of position when Matthews scored their second goal," Boucher continued. "He just got caught out there and that's just a great learning curve for him. He does some good stuff offensively and defensively he gets to learn about the effects of positioning and the professional details."

 

4. Previous meeting

The last time these two teams faced off in Ottawa was nearly a year ago back on November 11th, 2016 where the Sens rattled off a pair of third period goals care of Zack Smith and Mark Stone to beat the Kings 2-1. Stone's game winner came with just 6.5 seconds remaining after a stellar performance from Craig Anderson who stopped 32 of the 33 shots sent his way to earn the win. Both Erik Karlsson and Jean-Gabriel Pageau chipped in with a pair of assists in the victory.

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

Video: Condensed Game: Kings @ Senators

 

5. Where to watch

Still some seats available so why not grab a few tickets and make a trip out to Canadian Tire Centre to catch tonight's game.

Things kick off at 7:30 p.m. and if you aren't able to make it to the rink you can catch the game on TSN5 and RDSI.

Tweet from @Senators: It's a #Sens game day! The Sens are at the @CdnTireCtr tonight to take on the Kings at 7:30 p.m.BE THERE: https://t.co/4dRuSxCuH7 pic.twitter.com/q35oGvYdMV

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