It's an afternoon start at Canadian Tire Centre today and we've got the latest on the Sens' projected line-up, goalie of choice and more before our 1 p.m. puck drop against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Just one change is expected to today's line-up and that comes as the result of Dylan DeMelo suffering a broken finger on Wednesday against the Canadiens. Sens head coach shared that the timeline for DeMelo's recovery should be under a month and for today's game he'll be replaced by Max Lajoie.
"For the time being he's going to get his opportunity and that's been the 'next man up' mentality we've had," Smith said yesterday about Lajoie. "If someone gets hurt, it's an opportunity to see another young guy."
The Sens have also recalled defenceman Andreas Englund from Belleville in the wake of DeMelo's injury.
With no morning skate today due to the early start, here's how the lines and pairings looked at practice yesterday:
Tkachuk - Pageau - C. Brown
Namestnikov - Tierney - Duclair
Ennis - Anisimov - White
Paul - L. Brown - Davidsson
Chabot - Hainsey
Borowiecki - Zaitsev
Lajoie - Goloubef
Anders Nilsson (8-8-2) will make his fourth consecutive start in goal for the Senators today and looks to get back into the win column after an overtime loss in Montreal on Wednesday. With Craig Anderson sidelined with a lower body injury, Marcus Hogberg draws back-up duty and Smith shared that he expects Hogberg to play one of the club's two games in Florida early next week.
Celebrating Indigenous Culture
In the spirit of truth and reconciliation, the Senators are hosting a day to demonstrate its recognition, respect and support of Indigenous culture. The day will include a special anthem, ceremonial puck drop, flag ceremony and more and is being presented by Indigenous Tourism Ontario, Wikwemikong Tourism, and Indigenous Experiences.
Where to watch
It's a matinee at Canadian Tire Centre and here's how you can watch all the action between the Sens and Blue Jackets at 1 p.m...
BROADCAST: Sportsnet, TVAS
RADIO: TSN 1200, 94,5 Unique FM
Can't make it to the rink? Grab some friends and head on over to our Molson Canadian Watch Party at the Royal Oak at 1 Beechwood Ave where they'll be serving up Molson Canadian and half price wings all game long.
To find out where our next watch party will be and specials you can enjoy, visit the full schedule click here.