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Game Day 5: Sens vs Red Wings

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

We've got details on tonight's Canadian Armed Forces Night, some thoughts from Dion Phaneuf on bouncing back after last game and more in today's edition of the Game Day 5.

1. Phaneuf on resetting

It was a rough outing for the Senators on Monday and with a pair of days in between games, there has been plenty of time to break down what happened against the Canadiens. Dion Phaneuf spoke with the media yesterday and relayed his thoughts about the team's effort against Montreal.

"We made a lot of uncharacteristic mistakes…mistakes that we don't usually make as a team. When you make mistakes like that in key areas of the game against a good team, they're going to make you pay. And that's what happened," said Phaneuf on Wednesday. "We got away from our game and if we play like that, that's the result we can expect."

Those days off between games serve a larger purpose than just review. The Sens took a full day off on Tuesday and used that time away from the rink to reset and re-energize in preparation to host the Red Wings tonight.

"It's a long season and you handle your days off the same whether you have a good game or you have a bad game," shared Phaneuf. "It's about getting refreshed, it's about getting your rest and coming back ready to go to work."

Video: PHI@OTT: Phaneuf nets PPG on seeing-eye wrister

The team is in the midst of a 3-game homestand but have had some issues at Canadian Tire Centre to start the season. With just a 2-2-4 record at home (compared to 3-0-1 on the road), Phaneuf knows they need to be better in front of their fans.

"We have to find a way to be better at home. If you look at our road record and the way that we play on the road, we've had more success there," he said after yesterday's practice. "We're going to have to find a way to translate our game to the same style at home."

Phaneuf didn't skate this morning but the coach confirmed that he will be in the line-up tonight against Detroit.

Tweet from @Senators: The coach confirms Dion Phaneuf will be in the line up tonight after missing morning skate


2. CAF Night at the game

For the 14th consecutive season, the Senators will honour the men, women and families of the Canadian Armed Forces. 

"It's a privilege to be able to host over 3,000 Canadian Forces members and their families for the 14th consecutive year," said Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. "It's truly a community event that we look forward to each season and we hope this one night dedicated to service shows all Canadian Forces members and their families how much we respect and appreciate their bravery and commitment to keeping our country safe".

From the news release:

More than 3,000 members of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families will attend this year's event on behalf of Canadian Armed Forces Appreciation Night corporate supporters, season-seat members, Eugene Melnyk and the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club. Mr. Melnyk and the Senators have hosted more than 30,000 members of the Armed Forces and their families since the program started in 2004.

Video: Boro and Isaac


3. All Access on Facebook Live

This season All Access presented by Bell, the Sens live post-game show that follows every home game, has moved to exclusively stream on Facebook Live. The show features a breakdown of that night's highlights with Ian Mendes, exclusive player interviews with Gord Wilson and a whole lot more.

Be sure to swing by the official Ottawa Senators Facebook page and give us a like so that All Access will pop up right in your news feed at the conclusion of every home game.


4. Previous meeting

These teams last faced each other in just the second game of the season back on Oct. 7th at Canadian Tire Centre. Dion Phaneuf's late third period goal sent the game into extra time where the Sens would eventually drop a 2-1 decision to the Red Wings in a shootout. Craig Anderson was stellar in goal for Ottawa stopping 29 of the 30 shots he faced through 65 minutes but he surrendered the lone goal in the shootout to Frans Nielsen in defeat.

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

Video: OTT Recap: Sens drop second SO game in a row


5. Where to watch

CAF Night is always a good one so if you can be sure to grab a few tickets and come on out to Canadian Tire Centre to catch tonight's game in person.

Things kick off at 7:30 p.m. and if you aren't able to make it to the rink you can catch the game on TSN5 and RDS2.

Tweet from @Senators: It's a #Sens game day! The puck drops tonight against the Red Wings at 7:30 p.m. #SensCAFNightBE THERE:

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