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Game Day Notes: Game #14 - Sens @ Islanders

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

After dispatching the Rangers last night, the Sens are looking to sweep their back-to-back series in New York City and we've got everything you need to know before tonight's 7 p.m. start against the Islanders.

Projected line-up

Sens head coach D.J. Smith met with the media late this afternoon to pass along a few changes to his line-up tonight. Up front, Artem Anisimov, who joined the team yesterday in New York, has been cleared and will return against the Islanders. The Senators have been hard with injuries down the middle recently so Anisimov's return couldn't have come at a better time. Filip Chlapik comes out of the line-up as a result.

On back end, Cody Goloubef will see his first acton of the season and will slot in in place rookie Erik Brannstrom. Goloubef appeared in 5 games for the Senators in 2018-19 but has yet to register his first point with Ottawa.

Tweet from @Senators: "You've got to come out ready. They've won nine in a row, they don't give you much. You've got to be prepared to win a 1-0 or 2-1 hockey game, that has to be your mentality."D.J. Smith talks about the #Sens keys to success ahead of tonight���s 7 p.m. match-up with the Isles. pic.twitter.com/V9kvlQx9dZ

Smith also joked that since there was no morning skate that you'll have to wait until warm-up to see the line combos. With that, here's my best guess at the Sens projected line-up tonight against the Islanders:

Tkachuk - Pageau - Duclair

Paul - Tierney - C. Brown

Namestnikov - Anisimov - Ryan

Boedker - Beaudin - Ennis

 

Chabot - Zaitsev

Goloubef - Hainsey

Borowiecki - DeMelo

 

 

In goal

Craig Anderson (2-5-0) gets the call in net tonight for the Senators as he looks to get back into the win column after a 5-2 defeat in Boston on Saturday night. Anderson kept the Sens even with the Bruins after 40 minutes but a 3-goal third period by the home side ultimately made the difference.

"I thought we went toe-to-toe with them and played a pretty solid hockey game," Anderson said about the first two periods in Boston. "We did a lot of good things through 40 minutes and I think we just made a couple mistakes in the last 20 that they capitalized on."

Tweet from @Media_Sens: #Sens coach Smith announced that @CraigAnderson41 will start in goal tonight in Brooklyn. Artem Anisimov makes his return to the lineup, while Cody Goloubef will make his season debut against the Islanders.

 

Previous meeting

These teams met earlier this season at Canadian Tire Centre with the visiting Islanders picking up a 4-2 road win. Tyler Ennis provided both goals for the Senators in defeat while Anders Nilsson surrendered 4 goals in the first half before being relieved by Anderson.

Full highlights from that game below:

Video: OTT Recap: Ennis scores twice in loss to Islanders

 

Where to watch

Puck drop is set for a little after 7 p.m. tonight and here's how you can catch all the action between the Sens and Islanders...

BROADCAST: TSN5, RDS2

RADIO: TSN 120094,5 Unique FM

In need of a spot to catch tonight's game? Well if you want to make it it more lively, why not grab a crew and head to any of the Royal Oak's in the city and you can find Molson Canadian and half priced wings on all Senators game days.

Tweet from @Senators: It���s a #Sens game day! The Sens wrap-up their 3-game road trip tonight in Brooklyn where they face the Islanders at 7 p.m. EST. #GoSensGo pic.twitter.com/uDmMeIOs0N

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