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Game Day Notes: Game #48 - Sens vs. Flames

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

It's a matinee between the Sens and Flames and we've got all the latest pre-game news and notes that you need to know before today's 4 p.m. start at Canadian Tire Centre.

Projected line-up

A few changes to today's line-up but most notably is Jean-Gabriel Pageau missing his second consecutive game due to an injury. Pageau was a late scratch on Thursday against Vegas and failed to join the team on the ice at practice yesterday but Sens head coach D.J. Smith believes his absence could provide some chances for other forwards today.

"We've had some untimely and unlucky injuries this season," said the coach at his pre-game media availability today. "But in saying that, it's an opportunity for Colin White to play more minutes, it's an opportunity for Filip Chlapik to play some centre and it's an opportunity for other players to play more. Pageau plays 20 minutes a game so it creates an opportunity for some other guys to kill penalties or Artem Anisimov to get some more minutes so whoever is filling these spots has to be ready to go in there and do the job."

Smith also announced that Rudolfs Balcers, who replaced Pageau against the Golden Knights on Thursday, would be a healthy scratch today and that Mikkel Boedker would draw back into the line-up for the first time since Jan. 4th.

No morning skate today with the earlier start so here's how the Sens' lines and pairings should look today:

Tkachuk - Anisimov - Duclair

Namestnikov - Tierney - Brown

Ennis - White - Batherson

Boedker - Chlapik - Sabourin

Chabot - Hainsey

Borowiecki - Zaitsev

Reilly - DeMelo 


In goal

Marcus Hogberg gets the call in net today for the Senators and looks to get back in the win column for the first time in about a month. Despite not getting the results he's been looking for on the final scoresheet, Hogberg has been excellent of late and has a .915 sv% and a 2.32 GAA in his last four appearances. He's also dropped his last 3 starts in either overtime or a shootout so fingers crossed he can get a little more run support this afternoon against the Flames.

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


Where to watch

It's a 4 p.m. start at Canadian Tire Centre and here's all the ways you can catch the Sens and Flames this afternoon...



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