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Game Day 5: Sens vs Red Wings

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

The Sens look to bounce back from a shootoout loss in their season opener tonight when they host the Detroit Red Wings at 7 p.m. Here are 5 things to help get you ready for puck drop.

1. 61 - 19 - 9

The Sens may not have gotten the result they were looking for on Thursday against the Capitals but they did receive an offensive boost from the line of Mark Stone, Derick Brassard and Bobby Ryan. The trio combined for 7 points (3 goals, 4 assists) in the season opener and were a collective +12 on the night. Their production is especially impressive considering that Brassard missed the entire pre-season recovering from off-season shoulder surgery.

"I thought my linemates really helped me to get into the game," Brassard said during his post-game scrum on Thursday. "We had a realy good night and hopefully it's going to give us some confidence early on in the season."

Video: WSH@OTT: Brassard punches home great feed from Ryan

Sens head coach also had high praise for the newly formed line and credited their work ethic in training camp as the catalyst for their breakout performance on Thursday.

"Their whole line was outstanding in practice in the 3 days leading up to that game," said Boucher to the media yesterday. "They were unbelievable, they were relentless. Bobby was going hard, Brassard was flying and Stone was doing everything right...they were on a mission."

"That's the message to the rest of the players: you're going to get what you put in."

 

2. Wideman's hot start

Chris Wideman chipped in with a pair of points (1 goal, 1 assist) on Thursday night which included the Sens first goal of the season on the team's very first shot.

"I was just trying to get the puck on net. Obviously, they have a really good goalie so one of the things we focused on was to get guys in front," Wideman said of his goal. "The guys did a great job screening him and Stone was kind of blindfolding him so it just snuck through."

Video: WSH@OTT: Wideman's sharp-angle goal opens the scoring

 

3. Previous meeting

These teams last faced off in Ottawa back on April 4th in a contest that featured a surprise return to the line-up for Clarke MacArthur. Erik Karlsson and Tom Pyatt provided the offence for the Sens while Craig Anderson was perfect and stopped all 24 shots he faced to earn the 2-0 victory.

Full highlights from that game can be found below...

 Video: Anderson's shutout leads Sens past Red Wings, 2-0

 

4. Red Carpet

Coming to the game tonight? Make sure to get here a little early because the entire team and staff will be making their annual grand entrance at Canadian Tire Centre at 4 p.m.

From our press release earlier this week:

On Saturday, Senators players in addition to members of the team's hockey management and executive staff, coaches and Senators broadcast personalities will continue the tradition of being welcomed to Canadian Tire Centre on the Red Carpet. Each player and executive will arrive at the front of the arena in vehicles provided by the Ford Dealers of Ottawa. They will then proceed along the Red Carpet to interact and pose for photos with fans ahead of entering Canadian Tire Centre. The Red Zone will open to fans at 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Tweet from @Senators: REMINDER: Red Carpet festivities begin at 4 p.m. for tomorrows game against the Red Wings! Don't miss out seeing your favourite players! pic.twitter.com/PsYktwRB2F

 

5. Where to watch

It's the last Sens home game for about 10 days so make sure you grab some tickets and come out to Canadian Tire Centre tonight.

Things kick off at 7 p.m. and if you aren't able to make it to the rink you can catch the game on Sportsnet ONE.

Tweet from @Senators: It's a #Sens game day!The puck drops at @CdnTireCtr tonight against the Detroit Red Wings at 7 p.m.TICKETS: https://t.co/mvKTOxdlBb pic.twitter.com/nSyAcYbmpy

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