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Game Day 5: Sens vs Penguins

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

Get set for tonight's #ThrowbackThursday game against the Pittsburgh Penguins with these 5 things...

1. Starting Goalies

Former Penguins goalie Mike Condon (18-12-6) gets the nod in net for the Sens tonight against his former (short-term) club. Condon was excellent the last time these teams faced off (more on that below) and is looking to bounce back after dropping his last start a week ago to the Blackhawks in a low-scoring affair.

Tweet from @Senators: The coach confirms that Mike Condon will start in goal tonight against the Penguins.

At the other end of the rink, Matt Murray (28-9-3) gets the call for the Penguins. Murray's play has been consistently good all season and he's picked up wins in 4 of his last 5 starts.

 

2. Projected line-up

No changes to the forwards tonight but the coach mentioned that Fredrik Claesson could slot in on defence. He hinted that someone on D was a bit "banged up" so keep an eye on our Twitter tonight during warm-up for some confirmation.

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

Tweet from @Senators: The coach mentioned that Fredrik Claesson could check in tonight since the defence is a bit banged up but that will be a game-time decision. pic.twitter.com/H1SQbRPC31

 

3. From the coach

As usual, Sens head coach Guy Boucher's morning media availability is full of good stuff. Today, he passes along info about the line-up, Mark Stone's status, Mike Condon's contributions this season and more...

Video: March 23: Sens vs. Penguins - Boucher Pre-game

 

4. Previous meeting

Let's take it back to January 12th at CTC when these two teams last faced off which ended in a 4-1 win for the home squad. Bobby Ryan, Mike Hoffman, Tom Pyatt and Mark Stone provided the offence for the Sens while Erik Karlsson and Derick Brassard each chipped in with a pair of helpers in the win. Mike Condon was solid in goal making 29 saves to hold down the fort and pick up the decision against the league's highest-scoring club.

Full highlights to get you riled up for the rematch...

Video: Condon's brilliant performance leads Sens to 4-1 win

 

5. Where to watch

We've got ourselves a 7:30 p.m. start at Canadian Tire Centre tonight but it's always a good idea to get to the building a little earlier on Throwback Thursday so you can take advantage of some retro pricing. That's right, $1 hot dogs and $1 small Coca-Colas before 7 p.m. so grab some change and get here before the warm-up tonight.

Also keep your head on a swivel when you're leavng the game as well as we'll be handing out the sixth poster in a 10-set series for our 25th anniversary celebrations. Tonight's poster depicts the 2012 NHL All-Star Game that was hosted in Ottawa.

It's also one of those lovely TSN5 and RDS2 nights so if you're planning on watching the game on television that's where it will be.

Tweet from @Senators: It's a #Sens game day!The Penguins are in town for #tbt night at @CdnTireCtr. Puck drops at 7:30 p.m.TICKETS: https://t.co/UKa6eIz7S9 pic.twitter.com/XgzbjwJFgj

 

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