We've got 5 things that you need to know before the puck drops on tonight's home opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7 p.m.
1. Starting Goalies
Craig Anderson gets the start in goal for the Sens in tonight. Anderson was a workhorse for Ottawa last year starting 60 games and ending the season with a record of 31-23-2. In his career with the Senators, Anderson has never lost a home opener and has compiled a record of 4-0-0 over that span.
At the other end of the rink, Frederik Andersen makes his debut for the Maple Leafs. Andersen was acquired during the off-season from the Anaheim Ducks. He finished last season with a record of 22-9-7 while racking up a save percentage of .919 and a goals against average of 2.30.
2. Ryan Dzingel # change
A quick note on Ryan Dzingel who will no longer be sporting #43 for the Senators and instead moves to #18 full-time after making the roster out of training camp.
We caught up with Dzingel after the morning skate and asked him about the switch:
"43 was kind of my 'call-up number' and 18 has been my number my whole life. I talked to head equipment manager John Forget about a month ago and he said that they'll make it work if I make the team. The when I showed up yesterday I didn't even have to ask him and it was in my stall. It was pretty cool that he remembered and that he did that for me. I like Marian Hossa a lot and Denis Savard but it's also been my number forever and I wore it in college when I played at Ohio State."
Puck drop for tonight's game is set for 7 p.m. and you can catch all the action on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.
4. From the coach
On tonight's home opener:
"I'm very calm but very excited. It's great to be back but it's not about today. It's been awhile now, we've been at camp for a long time, we worked hard this summer as a staff so it's time. That's where it's exciting. It's time to get going with the real games with the real roster and measure ourselves against real NHL teams."
5. Get to the game early
Lots happening before the game gets underway tonight too. The Red Zone opens up at 3:30 p.m. on the plaza out from of Canadian Tire Centre which leads into the team's home opener tradition of walking the Red Carpet from 4 - 5 p.m. Greet all the players and staff before the big game.