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Game Day Notes: Game #34 - Sens @ Panthers

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

It's stop #1 of the Sens Dads' Trip tonight in Sunrise! Here's the latest on Ottawa's projected line-up, starting goalie and more before our 7 p.m. puck drop against the Florida Panthers.

Projected line-up

We'll start off with a pair of recalls from Belleville as both Erik Brannstrom and J.C. Beaudin have been called up for tonight's game in Sunrise. The Sens are a bit banged up on the blueline with Dylan DeMelo out about a month with a broken finger and Nikita Zaitsev missing practice yesterday so Brannstrom will join fellow B-Sens recalls Andreas Englund and Max Lajoie to help provide some depth on the backed in the interm.

Tweet from @Media_Sens: Roster update: The #Sens have recalled forward J.C. Beaudin and defenceman Erik Brannstrom from @BellevilleSens.Mise �� jour alignement : Les #Sens rappellent J.C. Beaudin et Erik Brannstrom de Belleville (LAH).

No morning skate today but Sens head coach D.J. Smith just met with the media at the rink to pass along a few line-up notes before facing the Panthers. Brannstrom, Englund and Beaudin will all check into the line-up this evening while Zaitsev will miss about a week with an injury. Lajoie, Davidsson and Boedker are the healthy scratches tonight.

With what we know, here's a look at how the projected line-up could shake out:

Tkachuk - Pageau - C. Brown 

Namestnikov - Tierney - Duclair

Ennis - Anisimov - Paul

Beaudin - L. Brown - White


Chabot - Hainsey

Borowiecki - Goloubef

Brannstrom - Englund

 

In goal

The Sens will go with Anders Nilsson (9-8-2) in net again tonight for the 4th straight game and the 6'6" netminder appears to have busted out of his mini-slump. After recording 4 consecutive losses, Nilsson has rebounded to go 2-0-1 over his last 3 starts thanks to a .927 sv% over that span.

With Craig Anderson still sidelined with a lower body injury, Marcus Hogberg once again draws back-up duty.

Tweet from @Senators: The confirms that Anders Nilsson will start in goal tonight against the Panthers. pic.twitter.com/D6hVk55HjW

 

Second Star

After a big 7 days on the scoresheet, the accolades got a little more official at noon today when it was announced tha Anthony Duclair had been named the NHL's second star of the week.

"It's a huge honour," Duclair told Sens TV earlier today. "It's my first time to be nominated and obviously a lot of credit goes to my teammates. I think the team has been playing well the last few games and racking up some points so it's been awesome to see."

Duclair recorded 6 points (5G, 1A) over the span of 3 games last week which culminated in a dominant performance on Saturday afternoon against the Columbus Blue Jackets where Duclair recorded his third career NHL hat trick on the game winning goal in overtime.

Tweet from @Senators: ���Huge honour, first time for me...���Anthony Duclair talks being named the #NHL���s second star of the week, having his father along for the #SensDadTrip and more. pic.twitter.com/Ui3LY6ofC8

 

Senior Reporter

With the players' dads on the trip we thought we'd send a little extra content support to Florida to help with coverage. Ottawa Senators Senior Reporter (and Brady's grandfather) John "Chuck" Tkachuk was given exclusive access to the team and sat down with his grandson for a hard-hitting interview...

Video: John Tkachuk sits down for an interview with Brady.

 

Where to watch

It's a 7 p.m. start in Sunrise and here's how you can catch all the action between the Sens and Panthers...

BROADCAST: TSN5, RDS

RADIO: TSN 120094,5 Unique FM

If you're in need of the perfect spot to catch tonight's game then we've got you covered. Swing on by any The Royal Oak Pub location in the city where they'll be serving up Molson Canadian and half price wings all game long. Beer and wings? Let's goooooooooo.

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 are on the road for back-to-back games in Florida. Face-off against the Panthers is set for 7 p.m. EST. #GoSensGo pic.twitter.com/qkN9UmgCCI

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