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Game Day Notes: Game #45 - Sens vs. Canadiens

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

The Sens are back at Canadian Tire Centre set to host the Montreal Canadiens at 7 p.m. and we've got latest on the home side's projected line-up, starting goaltender and more...

Projected line-up

Sens head coach D.J. Smith just met with the media at Canadian Tire Centre and shared that he'll roll with the same game roster as last night's 3-2 shootout loss to the Red Wings. Despite the decision, Smith was content with his team's effort in Detroit and discovered a new line combination that he plans to deploy again tonight.

"Everyone played with everyone yesterday in spurts but I took a liking to the Tkachuk-White-Batherson line," said the coach. "I thought that line had a lot of energy for us last night."

Mark Borowiecki will miss his second straight game with the flu while Mikkel Boedker and Scott Sabourin will be the extra forwards tonight against Montreal.

With no morning skate, here's how the Sens' projected line-up could look against the Canadiens:

Tkachuk - White - Batherson

Duclair - Pageau - Brown

Balcers - Anisimov - Namestnikov

Ennis - Tierney - Chlapik

Chabot - Hainsey

Reilly - DeMelo

Englund - Goloubef


In goal

The Sens will go with Marcus Hogberg (1-2-3) in goal again tonight as the rookie starts both games of a back-to-back for the first time in his NHL career. Hogberg was excellent yesterday in Detroit and had an especially jaw-dropping sequence in overtime to force a shootout. Craig Anderson will back him up against Montreal.

Tweet from @Senators: The coach confirms that Marcus Hogberg will start in goal tonight against the Canadiens.


Previous meeting

These teams met in Montreal exactly one month ago and despite a rally from the Senators that forced extra time, the Canadiens earned a 3-2 overtime victory. Brady Tkachuk and Connor Brown each scored third period goals for Ottawa in defeat while Anders Nilsson made 26 saves to pick up the OTL.

Full highlights from that game right here:

Video: OTT Recap: Tkachuk, Brown score in 3-2 OT loss


Where to watch

It's a 7 p.m. start at Canadian Tire Centre and here's all the ways you can catch the Sens and Canadiens tonight...

BROADCAST: CBC, Sportsnet, Sportsnet 360, City, TVAS


RADIO: TSN 120094,5 Unique FM

Can't make it to the rink? Grab some friends and head on over to our Molson Canadian Watch Party at St. Louis Bar & Grill in Perth (78 Dufferin St. Unit C) where they'll be serving up 23 oz Devils pints of Molson Canadian for $7.98 and giving out some sweet swag and prizes during the game.

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 kick-off a five game home stand tonight at @CdnTireCtr against the Montreal Canadiens. Puck drops at 7 p.m. ET. #GoSensGoTICKETS:

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