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Game Day 5: Sens vs Stars

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

Here are 5 things you need to know before today's game as the Sens get set to face the Dallas Stars.

1. Line-up

Some line-up notes for tonight...

  • Michael Kostka will make his Senators debut tonight after being recalled earlier this weekend.
  • As a result, Patrick Wiercioch comes out to make room.
  • No updates on Craig Anderson and Mark Borowiecki. Neither has skated this weekend.

Here's a look at the Sens projected line-up for tonight...

2. Goalies

Andrew Hammond gets his third straight start tonight in goal for the Sens. Hammond was brilliant last night in Toronto making 41 saves in the team's 3-2 win against the Leafs. Chris Driedger once again gets the back-up duties.

Kari Lehtonen looks to be in line to start for the Stars at the other end of the rink today.

3. Last meeting

There was no lack of offense the last time these two teams squared off as they combined for 11 goals back on November 24th, 2015 in Dallas. The Sens left Texas with a 7-4 win thanks to big games from Jean-Gabriel Pageau (2G + 1A) and Mark Stone (1G + 2A) while Craig Anderson was steady making 33 saves in the victory.

You can watch the full highlights from the game below...

4. From the coach

Sens head coach Dave Cameron met with the media early this afternoon for some pre-game updates...

Line-up changes for tonight:

Kostka's going in, Wiercioch is out and that's it.

On where Kostka will slot in:

We'll mix and match. He'll start probably with Wideman. We'll mix and match though.

On if he wants to avoid a "track meet" with the Stars tonight:

I want us to play fast and I want to slow them down. So I want a one-sided track meet but we have to play fast. And they're going to want to play fast so we're going to have to try and counter that by being above and bumping.

On not using Mike Hoffman in the third period of yesterday's game:

It's performance based now and you always make your decisions based on that game. When Mike plays fast he's effective. A lot of times when you bench a guy it's not just what they're doing but other guys are on their game. I thought Gomez upped his game, I thought Dzingel upped his game, when we swapped the lines around I thought it brought some energy and usually someone drops down. So that's the competition and it's the National Hockey League and nothing's guaranteed. Gotta earn it.

5. Broadcast

Tonight's game will be available on TSN5 and RDS2 as well as on the radio at TSN 1200. Puck drop is set for 5 p.m.

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