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Game Day 5: Sens vs Oilers

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

The Edmonton Oilers are in town and we've got 5 key things to get you ready for tonight's 7 p.m. puck drop at Canadian Tire Centre.

1. Starting Goalies

Make it 16 straight appearances for Mike Condon who gets the start in goal tonight for the Sens. Tonight also marks the third time during this 16-game stretch that he's appeared in back-to-back games but the first that he'll actually start both (he came in in relief both other occasions). Condon stopped 19 of the 20 shots he faced last night against the Capitals.

The Oilers also played last night (a 2-1 overtime win in New Jersey) so they'll turn to their back-up for tonight's game against the Senators. Jonas Gustavsson is 1-2-1 this season and hasn't started a game since a 6-5 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers back on December 8th.


2. Previous meeting

Man...was this ever a special game. In his first game back from a personal leave to be with his wife after her cancer diagnosis, Craig Anderson was magnificent turning aside all 37 shots he faced on the road in Edmonton. It was an incredibly emotional win for the Sens and worth reliving. Check out the full game highlights below...

Video: Anderson, Senators blank Oilers, 2-0


3. Projected line-up

One change from last night's squad, Bobby Ryan will return to the line-up tonight against the Oilers. As a result, Fredrik Claesson comes out and the Sens will go back to using 6 defencemen.

Here's how the lines and pairing are shaping up.


4. From the coach

On the task of facing Connor McDavid and the Oilers:

Yesterday was Ovechkin, today it's McDavid, Thursday it's Crosby and then it's Matthews. Every team has their star and he poses a speed issue. If you let him get his speed, he's very difficult to stop so you have to prevent him from getting speed deep and going through. He's going through everybody so the minute you give him space he's gone. If you can take his space early, at least it gives you a chance to not have to deal with that much speed.


5. Where to watch

It's another 7 p.m. start at Canadian Tire Centre tonight. There are still a handful of tickets available and you can snatch them up here.

If you can't make it to the building, catch the game on Sportsnet and TVAS.

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