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Game Day 5: Sens vs Lightning

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

Get ready for tonight's 7 p.m. game start against the Tampa Bay Lightning with these five key things...

1. Starting Goalies

Craig Anderson remains perfect through three games this season and brings his 3-0-0 record into tonight's game against the Lightning. While Anderson looks to improve his individual stats, he's received praise from head coach Guy Boucher recently for his ability to close out games early in the year.


At the other end of the rink, Andrei Vasilevskiy gets the call for Tampa Bay. Vasilevskiy won his only other start this season back October 15th with a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils.


2. Boro Talk

I had a pretty good chat with Mark Borowiecki yesterday but thanks to the outage on our website and various social media platforms it never made it out in full. Anyways, here's a snippet of Boro previewing tonight's game against the Lightning:

They're a really high-skilled team with a lot of offensive fire power and lots of speed. It's going to be a challenge for us. It seems like they've slowly turned themselves into a perennial contender. Every year they have that strong offensive team so tonight it will be a lot of the same challenges that we faced last year with them. There are a few guys that we have to keep under control but that's why we have this sound system and sound structure.


3. Projected line-up

A couple of small change to the line-up for tonight, Phil Varone checks back in and will play in his natural centre position on the 4th line flanked by Ryan Dzingel and Chris Neil. This move comes as Boucher has liked the look of Chris Kelly alongside Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Tom Pyatt in recent games. Thomas Chabot and Matt Puempel are the extras.


4. From the coach

On pre-scouting tonight's game against the Lightning:

The don't have a lot of flaws. They've got good goaltenders, whoever is in nets tonight for them, they're really solid on the back-end and have size back there and a good transition. I think their forwards with speed and their D jumping into the play is the major threat.


5. Broadcast

Puck drop for tonight's game is set for 7 p.m. and you can catch all the action on Sportsnet 360 or Sportsnet 1.


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