We've got 5 things to help get you ready for tonight's Battle of Ontario...
1. Starting Goalies
Mike Condon gets the start for the Sens tonight which will be his 18th consecutive game in goal for the Sens dating back to the beginning of December. Condon is coming off a 29-save victory against the Penguins on Thursday and his record on the season currently sits at 10-6-3.
Not entirely sure what's happening at the other end of the rink as it was expected that Curtis McElhinney would make his Leafs' debut tonight but he seems to be hampered with an injury. As a result, Toronto has recalled Garrett Sparks but my money is on Frederik Andersen getting the nod against the Sens after stopping 34 of the 36 shots he faced in a 4-2 win over the Rangers last night. Andersen is 18-9-7 this year.
UPDATE (5 p.m.): Looks like McElhinney is good to go and will start against his former squad tonight for the Leafs.
2. Projected line-up
As noted above, no changes are expected to the Sens line-up tonight which makes sense as they're in the midst of a 2-game winning streak against some strong opponents. Fredrik Claesson will be the lone scratch tonight versus the Maple Leafs.
Here's how the lines and pairings are shaping up.
3. Previous meeting
So it was pretty eventful the last time these teams faced off at Canadian Tire Centre. Rewinding back to the first game of the season on October 12th, Kyle Turris notch the game-tying and overtime winner to lift the Sens past the Leafs 5-4 to open their season. Erik Karlsson (1G + 2A), Bobby Ryan (1G + 1A), Derick Brassard (1G + 1A) and Mark Stone (2A) all had multi-point nights versus Toronto and persuing the gamesheet...yup...nothing much else to really report...
Video: Turris lifts Senators to spoil Matthews' debut
4. From the coach
On the second half of the season:
It's all about depth...especially in the second part of the year. Your quality depth is what matters. The teams that don't have enough depth sink and the ones who have enough depth usually rise. That's where the separation happens, it's rarely the first part of the year. Again, this year everybody seems to be in the mix so the later part of the year is about depth and obviously injuries make a difference to your depth so that's where it's going to be at for us.
5. Where to watch
It's Hockey Night in Canada which means you can catch tonight's game on CBC, City or TVAS starting at 7 p.m. If you are coming to Canadian Tire Centre tonight you may want to aim to get here a little early. The first 2,500 to tonight's game will score themselves this limited edition 25th anniversary Ron Tugnutt bobblehead.