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Game Day Notes: Game #39 - Sens vs. Devils

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

Get set for today's 5 p.m. start at Canadian Tire Centre with a look at the Sens' projected line-up, goaltender of choice and more...

Projected line-up

Just a few small line-up notes to pass along today with the most notable being the return of Scott Sabourin to active duty. Sabourin has been sidelined since Nov. 2nd after a collision in the neutral zone against the Boston Bruins but has been given the greenlight to return after battling a quick bout of the flu prior to the Christmas break.

Sens head coach D.J. Smith shared earlier this afternoon that he hopes Sabourin being back in the line-up could spark his club who hasn't played a game in nearly a week.

"One thing he brings is emotion evey night," Smith said of Sabourin's game. "Teams that play with emotion tend to stay in a lot more games and people feed off that on the bench. He's an emotional guy and he's going to help provide a little emotion for us."

On the backend, Christian Jaros is expected to skate in his second game for the Senators this season as the team continues to deal with a rash of injuries on the blueline. The Sens will once again be without veterans Ron Hainsey, Dylan DeMelo and Nikita Zaitsev but Jaros does bring a little bit of experience to the table after appearing in 61 games in Ottawa last season.

Here's how the forward lines and defence pairings look for tonight's game:

Tkachuk - Pageau - C. Brown

Ennis - Tierney - Duclair

Namestnikov - Anisimov - White

Paul - Beaudin - Sabourin

Chabot - Goloubef

Borowiecki - Brannstrom

Englund - Jaros


In goal

Craig Anderson (6-8-0) gets the call in goal tonight for the Sens and looks to build off of a masterful performance in his most recent outing. After missing some time with a lower body injury, Anderson stopped 43 of the 44 shots he faced against the Buffalo Sabres on Monday to pick up his first win in a little over two weeks.

Tweet from @Senators: The coach confirms Craig Anderson will start in net tomorrow.


Recent meeting

These two teams last met on Nov. 13th in New Jersey where Jean-Gabriel Pageau's hat trick powered the Sens to a 4-2 win against the Devils. Mark Borowiecki tallied Ottawa's other goal while Anderson made 21 saves to earn the decision.

Full highlights from that game below:

Video: Senators, 4 - Devils, 2


Where to watch

It's a 5 p.m. start at Canadian Tire Centre and here's all the ways you can catch the Sens and Devils tonight...



RADIO: TSN 120094,5 Unique FM

Need a spot to catch this evening's game? Then be sure to hit up Sens House where they'll be serving up pitchers of Molson Canadian for $15, buckets of (5) for $25 and nachos for $10 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 wrap up a four-game home stand tonight against the Devils at @CdnTireCtr. Face-off against New Jersey is at 5 p.m EST. #GoSensGoTICKETS:

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