Get set for tonight's 7 p.m. start against the San Jose Sharks with the latest notes and quotes on the Sens' projected line-up, starting goalie and more...
Just one change to tonight's line-up as Filip Chlapik has been recalled from Belleville and is expected to skate on the Sens' fourth line with J.C. Beaudin and Scott Sabourin. Chlapik initially made the team's NHL roster out of training camp and has impressed with his work ethic since returning to the AHL.
"We've got a bunch of young guys in the minors and Chlapik has been their best player hard work-wise over the last 5 games," said Sens head coach D.J. Smith about the recall. "I think it's a good opportunity to reward him and call him up."
With Chlapik checking in, Smith confirmed that Bobby Ryan will be one of the team's extra skaters tonight citing a lack of offensive production recently as well as not being a good fit for a fourth line role.
"His production hasn't been great," said the coach. "Bobby is certainly a top 9 forward in this league and I didn't see him fitting into a fourth line, left wing role per se with Sabourin on the right side so that's just the decision I'm going to go with for this line-up here tonight."
Here's a quick look at the Sens projected line-up against the Sharks:
Tkachuk - L. Brown - Duclair
Namestnikov - Tierney - Ennis
Paul - Pageau - C. Brown
Chlapik - Beaudin - Sabourin
Chabot - Zaitsev
Brannstrom - Hainsey
Borowiecki - DeMelo
Craig Anderson (1-4-0) is back between the pipes for the Senators tonight after Anders Nilsson started the previous three games. Anderson's most recent outing was in relief of Nilsson on Friday night against the Islanders where he stopped all 8 shots he faced in 31+ minutes of work.
Chabot staying busy
Sens defenceman Thomas Chabot has been seeing plenty of ice this season and currently sits 2nd in TOI/GP in the NHL with an average of 26:29 per night, trailing only San Jose's Brent Burns (26:36) for the most in the league.
"It's something I like and enjoy and you gain more confidence," said Chabot about the extra minutes. "The game will start to slow down in front of you as you spend more and more time on the ice."
In Friday's game against the Islanders, Chabot logged a season-high 30:20 minutes of ice-time but stressed while he enjoys playing more, his deployment can vary on a game-by-game basis for a variety of reasons.
"I've never going to say no to getting a lot of ice-time," Chabot joked. "I think I had something like 7 minutes on the power play that game so that adds up. It's usually been the other way this season since I don't play on the PK but every game is different."
Chabot, like many of his teammates, will be lined up across a familiar face in Erik Karlsson tonight. For parts of his rookie season in 2017-18, Chabot had the opportunity to partner up with Karlsson on the back end and credits that experience with helping him grow his game at the NHL level.
"He's an elite player," Chabot said of the former Senators' captain. "He won the Norris Trophy twice for a reason. It's the plays he makes, he always finds a way to get his shot through to the net and those are just little things that I noticed, especially as an offensive defenceman playing with him."
Where to watch
It's a 7 p.m. start at Canadian Tire Centre tonight and here's how you can catch all the action between the Sens and Sharks...
BROADCAST: Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet 360, TVAS
RADIO: TSN 1200, 94,5 Unique FM