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Game Day 5: Sens vs Lightning

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

We break down 5 key things about tonight's contest against the Lightning as the Sens look to grow their winning streak to 7 games.

1. Starting Goalies

It was a bit of a curveball this morning when it was announced that the Sens had recalled Chris Dreidger and the coach would go on to exlain that Craig Anderson suffered a mild injury at the end of Saturday's game. As a result, Mike Condon (18-11-5) gets the nod in net tonight against the Lightning. 

Tweet from @Senators: He also confirmed that Mike Condon gets the start in goal tonight.


At the other end of the rink, it's probably that Andrei Vasilevskiy (16-13-6) will start for Tampa. The Lightning are on the second half of a back-to-back and since Peter Budaj played last night, it's likely the Bolts will turn to Vasilevskiy this evening.


2. Projected line-up

Some good news up front as the Sens will get both Kyle Turris and Bobby Ryan back in the line-up tonight. The team will still be without Mark Stone (who's status is currently listed as week-to-week) and Mark Borowiecki (lower body injury).

Here's a look at the forward lines and defence pairings for tonight's game:

Tweet from @Senators: Turris and Ryan back in tonight. Here's how the #Sens projected line-up looks against the Lightning:


3. From the coach

Sens head coach Guy Boucher met with the media this morning and touched on a variety of topics including providing some injury updates, the team's ability to deal with a fluxating line-up and more...

On his lineup update:

We've got Turris and Ryan back - both will play today. We've got Stone out and Anderson out - both with a lower body. No longer after last game, Craig had something that didn't seem very big at the moment so now we're checking up on it and we'll find out today or tomorrow. Stone is week to week. Borowiecki is still out with lower body and still not ready. Hoping he gets better by the day but right now it's probably staying at the same level as it was before. Claesson has played good for us, he's helped with his contributions physically but also with offense so in that respect we're lucky to have a guy who can come in and contribute that well.

On his confidence with Condon in net:

We've done it all year so I think Condon has played great for us and he's had a lot of character, bounce back and in a lot of games he's shown that he can hold a fort. His last game against Arizona he did well, we won. Last time we played Tampa we were on a back to back and the poor guy had to deal with us having no juice in the second and third period, so hopefully we're able to give a bit more energy today in all three periods. 

On his decision of putting Ryan with Burrows and Brassard:    

The reality is that right now I'm planning to try Smith and Turris because that goes well - Smith can take face offs on the left side and Turris can take face offs on the right side. Burrows and Brassard have done well together and now I'm looking to see which is better: Dzingel there or Ryan there. So probably flip-flopping just to see what looks better to keep my other two lines together.

On keeping a consistent team:

My philosophy has always been the same for the number of years that I've coached and it's the same thing this year. For me, consistency isn't about my lines or pairings. If your pairings are great - fine, keep them. For me, every player has to be able to play at every position as a forward, center, right wing, and left wing. For the guys playing together, I've tried all kinds of things and the minute I see something stale in the game I'll change it. I won't wait. The consistency is that everybody is on the same page on how we play. I believe in interchangeables so if I put a guy like Stalberg on the power play, he doesn't need to be somebody else than the guy that was doing it before. He just needs to be consistent of what that guy was doing. It's the same thing with 5 on 5, if you look at our back-check, neutral zone, and fore-check…it hasn't changed. We just we got better at it and the players understand it better. So the consistency really comes from being on the same page about what we do and the players have been great at it. We've acquired a mentality of basically whoever's missing, we're replacing him and we're doing the job. That's why we are where we are right now. You lose some assets but you gain other ones when somebody else is playing.

 Tweet from @Senators: #Sens Head Coach Guy Boucher updates his line up with the return of Ryan and Turris while looking to stay hot against the Lightning.


4. Previous meeting

They say talking about it can make things better but I don't know if there's much good to say about the last time these team's faced off so I'll keep it quick: The Sens lost 5-1.

Highlights below but just skip'em today...

Video: OTT Recap: Turris records 300th point in 5-1 loss


5. At the game

Coming to the game tonight? Well if you're one of the first 2,500 fans through the gate you'll score yourself a sweet Shaun Van Allen bobblehead. Just another reason to get here early tonight.

Tweet from @Senators: FYI: The first 2,500 fans at tonight's game will receive this limited edition Shaun Van Allen bobblehead! #Sens25


Can't make it to CTC tonight? Catch all the action on TSN5 and RDS.

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