The Sens are back at CTC tonight and we've got all the latest game day details on tonight's home opener against the New York Rangers.
Pageau pumped for home debut
Jean-Gabriel Pageau finds himself in a bit of a different role for the Senators this season as head coach D.J. Smith has tasked him with help to acclimatize some of the organization's younger players to the NHL, a position he's happy to help out with.
"It's something that I really like. All the young guys here are already pros and they're so easy to work with," said Pageau. "They have had some questions for me and sometimes I have questions for them because they might have a different mentality or approach to the game that I can learn from."
After missing last season's home opener (along with the first few months of the season as a result of an Achilles injury), Pageau is excited to hit the ice at Canadian Tire Centre again for the first time this season.
"It's my first one in two years since I had to miss it last year. The fans here have been waiting all summer for hockey to come back to Ottawa this season and so have we," he said. "The first home game of the season is always special because we get to feel the support of all our fans behind us and it gives us that little boost of energy that we need."
Fans will be able to literally pass along well wishes too again this year when the players and team staff hit the Red Carpet before the Home Opener. So while Pageau and his teammates' focus is squarely on hosting the Rangers, he's also hoping the boys keep it fashionable on the walk in.
"I think everyone is going to bring their best suit game," Pageau joked. "It's something fun though where we get to see and touch the fans quickly before the game. It reminds us just how good the fans are here."
Red Carpet and Home Opener schedule
There's lots of stuff going on at and before puck drop tonight including the aforementioned Red Carpet which kicks off at 4 p.m. on the plaza outside Gate 1 at Canadian Tire Centre where you can welcome back your favourite Senators on their way into the building.
Prior to the game fans can also expect a special alumni announcement which will include a ceremonial pre-game face-off as well as a live performance from JUNO nominated duo Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine.
For more details on tonight's fan engagement events, please click here.
Just one line-up change to pass along today as Mikkel Boedker checks in on the fourth line in place of Filip Chlapik. The coach also did a little line-juggling at practice this week which saw Bobby Ryan move up into the top 6 on a line with Brady Tkachuk and Colin White while Connor Brown shifts to play alongside Pageau and Anthony Duclair.
Here's a look at the Sens' projected lines and pairings...
Tkachuk - White - Ryan
Duclair - Pageau - Brown
Ennis - Tierney - Sabourin
Boedker - Anisimov - Batherson
Chabot - Zaitsev
Brannstrom - Hainsey
Borowiecki - DeMelo
Craig Anderson (0-1-0) gets his second start for the Senators after a solid 37-save performance in the team's 5-3 loss to the Maple Leafs on Wednesday. There was talk about rotating Anders Nilsson into this game after Anderson started the season opener but with a gap between game days to start the season, Smith felt comfortable rolling with Anderson for the second consecutive contest.
Where to Watch
It's a 7 p.m. start tonight at Canadian Tire Centre and there are a myriad of different ways you can catch the game...
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