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Game Day 5: Sens vs Sabres

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

Need some help getting ready for tonight's game? We take a look at 5 game stories as the Sens host the Buffalo Sabres...

1. Starting Goalies

Some big news from the rink this morning as Craig Anderson returned to the club for today's morning skate. Anderson left the team on Wednesday to spend time with his wife Nicholle who had been diagnosed with cancer last week. Head coach Guy Boucher would later confirm that Anderson would be active and will start in goal tonight against the Sabres. In 7 appearances this season, Anderson sports a record of 6-1-0.

It's a familiar face at the other end of the rink as former Sens netminder Robin Lehner gets the start for Buffalo. Lehner has been solid to begin the season and owns a 3-3-1 record.

 

2. Hockey Fights Cancer

The Ottawa Senators Foundation, in partnership with the Ottawa Senators, is set to host its ninth annual Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night tonight.

We encourage you to fill out an "I Fight For" card with the name of someone they know who has been affected by cancer. At the game, fans will then be asked to stand and display their cards in support of those who are battling cancer.

Senators wives and girlfriends will join volunteers from Nordion and the Ottawa Hospital when the doors open at 5 p.m. to distribute Hockey Fights Cancer "I Fight For" cards at Gate 1, behind Section 116 and 106 in addition to two areas on the 200-level behind Section 201 and on both sides of the stairs at the top of Gate 1.

Not coming to the game but want to get involved? Text message SENS to 45678 for a $10 donation and SENATORS to 45678 for a $5 contribution. The NHL will match all generated funds up to a total of $5,000 with all proceeds from Hockey Fights Cancer donations being directed to the Ottawa Senators Foundation in support of The Ottawa Hospital.

 

3. Projected line-up

A few changes for tonight as Mark Stone returns to the line-up after missing last game with a minor neck injury while Zack Smith, who missed a few practices, has also been given the green light to play against the Sabres. Chris Wideman will miss his second consecutive game and will once again be replaced by Fredrik Claesson.

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

 

4. From the coach

On Anderson's strong mental game:

Goalies are usually different in that sense. People say "oh they're different"...yeah but they're not different in every way. Their focus is something that's usually their strength and in his case he's displayed it on a few occasions now. To see him come back and every time be able to focus is quite impressive.

 

5. Broadcast

Things kick off at 7 p.m. tonight at Canadian Tire Centre and you can catch the game on Sportsnet 1 and Sportsnet 360.

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