The Sens wrap up their 2-game road trip in Detroit at 7:30 p.m. and we've got all the details on tonight's projected line-up, starting goalie and more...
There are still a few moving parts following the Sens' optional skate in Detroit this morning but at least two players will be integrated back into the line-up against Detroit. For starters, Ron Hainsey has been cleared to return and will skate in his first game since suffering an injury against the Nashville Predators on Dec. 19th.
"Definitely a real good day as far as going all out in practice and getting some physical contact," said Hainsey after yesterday's skate. "That's the first time I've done that so that was kind of the concern...to see how everything holds up after that."
Sticking on defence, Mark Borowiecki, who missed yesterday's practice with the flu, is listed as a game-time decision tonight so we'll have to wait until closer to warm-up to see if the Sens' bruising blueliner will be given the greenlight.
"Boro wasn't feeling great last night," said head coach D.J. Smith. "So it'll be a game-time decision on him. We recalled Chlapik and he'll play tonight."
Video: Head Coach D.J. Smith provides some updates.
As the coach just mentioned, Filip Chlapik was recalled from Belleville yesterday and is expected to be in the line-up versus Detroit. In 20 games with the Sens' AHL-affiliate this season, Chlapik has recorded 11 points (4G, 7A) and has received praise from his coaches for his hard work and strong forechecking game.
"His work ethic, his north-south game...I thought he's been dependable but also added some offence," said Smith. "He went down to Belleville and was one of their hardest workers so I think it's a good time to reward him."
Here's a look at the Sens' projected line-up against Detroit:
Tkachuk - Pageau - Brown
Duclair - Anisimov - Batherson
Balcers - White - Ennis
Namestnikov - Tierney - Chlapik
Chabot - Hainsey
Borowiecki* - DeMelo
Englund - Reilly
Marcus Hogberg (1-2-2) gets the call in the crease for the Senators and is looking to bounce back after dropping his most recent start against the Penguins on Dec. 30th. Hogberg did play well in relief of Craig Anderson on Tuesday in Washington where he stopped 10 of the 11 shots he faced from a potent Capitals' offence. Weird fact, 3 of Hogberg's last 4 starts have gone to overtime.
These teams last met in Detroit back on Nov. 19th where a 3-point night from Anthony Duclair (2G, 1A) powered the Sens to a 4-3 road victory. Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Brady Tkachuk also scored for the Senators against the Red Wings while Anders Nilsson was solid, stopping 35 of the 38 shots he faced to earn the decision.
Full highlights from that game below:
Video: Duclair, Senators stave off Red Wings, 4-3
Where to watch
It's a 7:30 p.m. start in Detroit tonight and here's how you can catch all the action between the Sens and Red Wings...
BROADCAST: TSN5, RDS
RADIO: TSN 1200, 94,5 Unique FM
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