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Game Day Notes: Game #21 - Sens @ Red Wings

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

Here's everything you need to know before tonight's 7:30 p.m. puck drop in Detroit against the Red Wings...

Very, very Veronneau

The Sens recalled Max Veronneau on Monday morning and he'll see his first action of the season tonight for the Senators. Veronneau actually made his NHL debut last season after signing as an NCAA free agent with the Senators and went on to appear in 12 games at the end of the 2018-19 season where he recorded 2 goals and 2 assists in Ottawa.

"Last year, I got a little taste of it," said Veronneau about turning professional. "But this year is my first true pro season so I had to get adjusted and I thought over the past couple of weeks that I've been playing better hockey overall."

Veronneau is the latest player to receive a call-up from Belleville and is set to join Logan Brown, Nick Paul, Filip Chlapik, Vitaly Abramov, Jonathan Davidsson, J.C. Beaudin, Drake Batherson, Colin White* and Jordan Szwarz as forwards who have appeared for both Ottawa's NHL and AHL squads this season.

"You always have to be ready," he said. "Ottawa has been giving a lot of people chances to come up and I have to make the most of it."

Prepping to face the Red Wings tomorrow.

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*conditioning stint


Projected line-up

The Sens didn't skate this moring in Detroit and instead held a few off-ice meetings as they get set for back-to-back games to close out this 3-game road trip. Following the team activities, Sens head coach D.J. Smith met with the media to share a few line-up updates for this evening's contest against the Red Wings.

In addition to Veronneau's season debut, Cody Goloubef will check back into the line-up in place Erik Brannstrom who suffered a minor injury at practice yesterday. Goloubef has appeared in just one game this season as the Sens have remained relatively healthy on the blueline through 20 games and Smith was hesitant to disrupt the early season chemistry that his defence pairings were creating.

Bobby Ryan will also miss tonight's game due to an illness, which makes room for Veronneau to check into the line-up.

Here's a look at the Sens' projected forward lines and defence pairings for tonight's game:

Tkachuk - L. Brown - Duclair

Paul - Pageau - C. Brown

Namestnikov - White - Ennis

Chlapik - Tierney - Veronneau


Chabot - Zaitsev

Borowiecki - DeMelo

Goloubef - Hainsey


In Goal

Anders Nilsson (5-4-1) is back between the pipes for the Senators tonight and looks to build off a another solid performance last weekend. Nilsson was excellent for the Sens in their 2-1 win over the Flyers before leaving for this road trip and turned aside 26 of the 27 shots he faced to earn the decision.

Nilsson has won 4 of his last 5 starts and, besides a bit of a hiccup against the Hurricanes, still has a .932 sv% over that span.

Tweet from @Senators: The coach confirms that Anders Nilsson will start in net tomorrow against the Red Wings.


MO-town update

The Sens have 10+ players currently participating in Movember and given that we're a little over half way through the month we thought it'd be a good time for a progress check. Some guys have more Mo than others but some solid efforts with less than two weeks remaining.

Support your Sens during Movember right here.

Watch: Youtube Video


Where to watch

It's a 7:30 p.m. start in Detroit tonight and here's how you can watch all the action between the Sens and Red Wings...


RADIO: TSN 120094,5 Unique FM

Looking for a spot to catch tonight's game? Grab some friends and head on out to Hometown Sports Grill on Bank St. where they'll be serving up $6 tall cans of Molson Canadian (plus tax) during tonight's Sens game.

Tweet from @Senators: It���s a #Sens game day! The Sens are in Motor City taking on the Red Wings. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. EST. #GoSensGo

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