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.
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.
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
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."
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 1200, 94,5 Unique FM
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