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Game Day 5: Sens vs Red Wings

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

We've got 5 things to help you get ready for tonight's rematch against the Red Wings.

1. Starting Goalies

Craig Anderson (22-11-4) once again gets the nod in net for the Sens as he looks to bounce back from last night's shootout loss in Detroit. Anderson is 1-1-0 in the second half of back-to-back starts this season.

Tweet from @Senators: Craig Anderson is set to start again in goal for the #Sens tonight as they close out their home-and-home series with Detroit. pic.twitter.com/xYTnfKvi5Z

At the other end of the rink, it looks like Jimmy Howard (9-10-1) will start for the Red Wings. Should Howard get the start it will be career game #400 for him.

 

2. Line-up notes

So...some big news from Sens general manager Pierre Dorion this evening but I'm going to let the tweet deliver the good news...

Tweet from @Senators: #Sens GM Pierre Dorion confirms that Clarke MacArthur will return to the line-up tonight against Detroit. pic.twitter.com/26z8jEgIue

That's right...Mac is back and will draw into the line-up tonight skating on the 4th line with Chris Kelly and Ryan Dzingel. MacArthur has been medically cleared for over a week but several doctors and all parties agreed that a controlled return on home ice, where Sens head coach Guy Boucher said he can limit his minutes and opponents, was the best way to begin getting him caught up to NHL speed. MacArthur's last NHL game action was back in October of 2015.

Bobby Ryan will miss tonight's game as a result of an injury he suffered last night in Detroit while it's expected that Colin White, who made his NHL debut yesterday against the Red Wings, will take the warm-up but will be an extra tonight.

 

3. From the GM

Sens GM Pierre Dorion met with the media late this afternoon to break the news about #16 and you can watch his comments below...

Tweet from @Senators: #Sens GM Pierre Dorion speaks to media about Clarke MacArthur's return to the line-up. pic.twitter.com/T77vjiGH7l

 

4. Previous meeting

Well...it was last night so it should probably still be fresh in your memory so instead of focusing on the outcome (a 5-4 shootout loss), let's take a look at some of the positives. For starters, Erik Karlsson returned to the line-up after missing the previous two games and he looked pretty fantastic. The captain notched a goal and an assist in the loss and skated a game-high 30:11. And while the overtime didn't yield a result, it might have been the most entertaining 3-on-3 extra frame we've seen all season. The Sens also produced 45 shots on goal last night compared to Detroit's 33 and the gap gets even wider when you look at shot attempts which also favoured Ottawa 82-58.

You can check out the full highlights from that game below:

Video: OTT Recap: Sens rally in 3rd, fall to Red Wings in SO

 

5. At the game

If you're coming to Canadian Tire Centre tonight you may want to get here early (like now probably since this blog went up so late). It's Laurie Boschman bobblehead night and there is one waiting at the gate for the first 2,500 people through.

Tweet from @Senators: The first 2,500 fans at tonight's game will score this limited edition Laurie Boschman bobblehead! #Sens25https://t.co/Y3lgOhjeu1 pic.twitter.com/0EiCv2PycQ

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

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