Get set for tonight's 7:30 p.m. start against the defending champs with a look at the Sens' projected line-up, details on our pre-game patio party and more...
No morning skate today but Sens head coach D.J. Smith did meet with the media this morning to share a few thoughts before tonight's game against the Blues.
"This is a process here. This is about how Ottawa is going to be good for not just now but years to come," said Smith about tonight's opponent. "This is where you start…you start playing the best teams and then, over time, you become one of these teams if you stick with it long enough."
The Senators are coming off three consecutive practice days this week where Smith's forward combos got tossed into a blender as he hunts for an offensive spark up front. Tyler Ennis has moved up onto the top line with Colin White and Brady Tkachuk while Vladislav Namestnikov is slated to make his Ottawa debut tonight on a line with Artem Anisimov and Connor Brown.
Vitaly Abramov also checks in for the first time this season after a dazzling rookie/main camp showing before he was sidelined with a concussion and is expected to skate with Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Scott Sabourin in the bottom 6.
Here's a look at how the forward lines and defence pairings looked at yesterday's practice:
Tkachuk - White - Ennis
Duclair - Tierney - Ryan
Namestnikov - Anisimov - Brown
Abramov - Pageau - Sabourin
Chabot - Zaitsev
Brannstrom - Hainsey
Borowiecki - DeMelo
Anders Nilsson (0-0-0) gets his first start of the season tonight against the Blues as he also aims to lock down the Sens' first win of 2019-20. Nilsson was steady last year for the Senators after being acquired from the Canucks in early January and compiled an 11-11-0 record in 24 appearances before signing a 2-year extension with the Senators in May.
Patio season isn't over just yet. Make sure to arrive to the game a little early tonight and join us for our pre-game patio party starting at 5:30 p.m. before puck drop against the Blues which will feature a beer garden, food trucks, live music, and a bunch of sweet backyard games.
Where to Watch
It's a 7:30 p.m. start tonight at Canadian Tire Centre and there are a few different ways you can catch the game...
BROADCAST: TSN5, RDSI
RADIO: TSN 1200, 94,5 Unique FM