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Game Day Notes: Game #31 - Sens vs. Bruins

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

Get set for tonight's 7:30 p.m. start at Canadian Tire Centre against the Boston Bruins with a look at the Sens' projected line-up, a few important pre-game notes for anyone coming to the rink and more...

Projected line-up

No personnel changes expected tonight but Sens head coach D.J. Smith has juggled his lines a little bit in preparation to face the Bruins tonight. For starters, Brady Tkachuk checks in on the right side with Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Connor Brown while Anthony Duclair, who has 3 goals in his last two games, looks to add an offensive spark to the second line alongside Vladislav Namestnikov and Chris Tierney.

The coach also has Logan Brown starting on the 4th line with Nick Paul and Jonathan Davidsson but is looking for his young centre to battle his way back up the depth chart.

"We want to play him in important positions and we continue to play him on the power play where he excels," said the coach about Brown's ice-time recently. "We don't want him playing in that 4th line role, not to say he can't do it for a game or two to try and fight his way back to one of those other spots though."

Tweet from @Senators: #Sens head coach D.J. Smith spoke to the media about his line-up and more ahead of tonight's match-up with the Bruins.

Here's how the line rushes looked at this morning's skate:

Tkachuk - Pageau - C. Brown 

Namestnikov - Tierney - Duclair 

Ennis - Anisimov - White 

Paul - L. Brown - Davidsson 


Chabot - DeMelo 

Borowiecki - Zaitsev 

Hainsey - Goloubef


In goal

Anders Nilsson (7-8-1) gets the cal between the pipes for the Senators tonight and looks to end his recent mini-losing skid. After going on a tear for the first 3 weeks of November and winning 6 of 7 starts, Nilsson has faultered a little lately and dropped his last 4 decisions, including a 2-1 defeat against Boston on November 27th at Canadian Tire Centre.

In other goalie news, Smith shared that Craig Anderson tweaked his knee in Philadelphia and is expected to miss "about a week". As a result, Marcus Hogberg has been recalled from Belleville and will back up Nilsson tonight.

Video: OTT@VAN: Nilsson stymies Roussel twice on the rush


Dress accordingly

If you're coming to the game tonight here's a quick fashion advisory as the Sens will sport their NHL 100 Classic jerseys against the Bruins. This marks the second time this season that they'll don their alternates and here's a look at the rest of the games that they're expected to wear them this year:

  • Dec. 23rd vs. Buffalo
  • Jan. 14th vs. Chicago
  • Jan. 27th vs. New Jersey
  • Feb. 4th vs. Anaheim
  • Feb. 18th vs. Buffalo
  • Mar. 24th vs. Florida


Toy Mountain Toy Drive

If you are coming to Canadian Tire Centre tonight the Sens are hosting their annual Holiday Toy Drive in support of CTV's Toy Mountain Ottawa and fans are encouraged to support this initiative by donating new, unwrapped toys on the way in to tonight's game against the Bruins.

Tweet from @Senators: The Ottawa Senators will host their annual Holiday Toy Drive in support of CTV Toy Mountain Ottawa on Monday, Dec. 9. Fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys to donate ahead of the game against the Boston Bruins at @CdnTireCtr. DETAILS:


Where to watch

It's a 7:30 p.m. start at Canadian Tire Centre tonight and here's how you can watch all the action between the Sens and Bruins...



RADIO: TSN 120094,5 Unique FM

Can't make it to the rink? Then why not grab some friends and head over to the Father & Sons (112 Osgoode St) where they'll be serving up 20oz pints of Molson Canadian for just $5.99 (plus tax) all game long.

To find out where our next watch party will be and specials you can enjoy, visit the full schedule click here.

Tweet from @Senators: It���s a #Sens game day!The Sens return home for one game at @CdnTireCtr to take on the Boston Bruins. Face-off is set for 7:30 p.m. EST. #GoSensGoTICKETS:

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