The Sens are set to host the Florida Panthers tonight at 7 p.m. and we've got 5 things you need to know before that happens.
1. Starting Goalies
It'll be Craig Anderson in goal tonight for the Sens. Yesterday the Senators' netminder released a statement on behalf of himself and his wife Nicholle (which you can read here) but the coach has always stated that "if he's here, he starts" and that continues to remain true. Anderson has amassed an 8-3-1 record on the season in 12 appearances.
At the other end of the rink, it looks like Roberto Luongo gets the nod for the Panthers. James Reimer was on the wrong side of a 6-1 loss to the Leafs on Thursday and it looks like Florida is going back to their starter for tonight's game in Ottawa. Luongo is 6-5-0 this season.
2. Stats watch
I fired up the wayback machine this morning with a pretty basic idea in mind: which current Senators historically light up the Panthers. The top 3 aren't overly surprising but for a team that's looking to get its offence going, it's not a terrible thing to have these guys in the line-up tonight...
- Erik Karlsson - 22 points in 25 GP
- Kyle Turris - 15 points in 17 GP
- Mark Stone - 8 points in 9 GP
Also of note, Max McCormick, who was recalled earlier this week, scored his first career goal against the Panthers last January.
3. Projected line-up
We don't have much in the way of a projected line-up since the team didn't take line rushes this morning and a few notable players will miss tonight's game but here's what we know...
Curtis Lazar was also recalled from Binghamton this morning and looks to get in his first NHL game of the season this evening.
4. From the coach
On pre-scouting tonight's game against the Panthers:
A bit like Nashville, they just got beaten so they're coming in here serious. That's good for us because it's the same for us. We know we're short staffed in terms of our top 6 forwards, if you include MacArthur, but now with Hoffman and Bobby that's 3 guys so that's a lot. We're missing half our top 6 guys so we really have to be tight defensively.
It's a Hockey Night in Canada game in the capital. The puck is set to drop at 7 p.m. and you can catch the game on Sportsnet 1 and TVAS2.