We take a look at 5 crucial things ahead of this evening's game against the Minnesota Wild.
1. Starting Goalies
Craig Anderson is one again set to start today's game for the Sens. This marks the 11th start of the season for Anderson who has compiled a record of 7-3-0 to date. In his last appearance, Anderson stopped 32 of the 33 shots he faced against the Los Angeles Kings en route to a 2-1 victory this past Friday.
At the other end of the rink, it appears that Darcy Kuemper is in line to start for the Wild. Devan Dubnyk got the call for Minnesota last night in Philadelphia in a 3-2 loss to the Flyers so all signs point to a goalie split at the moment. Kuemper is 1-1-0 this season and hasn't seen much action given Dubnyk's hot start.
2. Last meeting
These teams last squared off on March 31st, 2016 in Minnesota with the Sens leaving the State of Hockey with a 3-2 victory. Cody Ceci netted the game-winner with less than 4 minutes to play while Craig Anderson made 23 saves to earn the decision.
You can watch the full highlights from that game below…
Video: Ceci's late goal leads Senators to win over Wild
3. Projected line-up
No changes to the line-up again tonight. Chris Wideman will once again take the warm-up skate but isn't quite ready to return yet. Here's how the lines and pairing are shaping up.
4. From the coach
On tonight's game having an earlier start time:
Very often you wait all day for your game. It's a routine but at the same time you're anxious to go and sometimes you get those early ones. You get up, you go and it has a good feel to it. It's a mental thing. You decide how you see things. You decide if an adversity is something positive or negative. We decide that today's a great day for hockey.
Just a reminder that it's an earlier start than normal with puck drop set for 5 p.m. this evening at Canadian Tire Centre. Not coming to the game? Catch all the action on TSN5 and TVAS.