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Game Day Notes: Game #50 - Sens @ Sabres

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

Get set for tonight's tilt in Buffalo with a look at the Sens' projected line-up, a tandem on a scoring streak and more before our 7 p.m. start against the Sabres.

Brown and Tierney streaking

A week away during the Bye Week didn't do much to cool off Sens forwards Connor Brown and Chris Tierney as the pair picked up right where they left off before the break and extended their respective point-scoring streaks to 4 games. Over that span, the duo has compiled 11 points with Brown providing 3 goals and 4 assists to lead the way.

During their current offensive streaks, Brown has assisted on all 3 of Tierney's goals including last night's shorthanded marker against the New Jersey Devils.

"When you're with the same guy pretty much all year you learn each other tendencies," said Tierney about his chemistry with Brown. "He's a fast guy that works hard so he makes it pretty easy to play with him on the PK."

Video: NJD@OTT: Tierney slips home backhander for SHG

 

Projected line-up

Just one change is expected to the Sens line-up tonight in Buffalo as head coach D.J. Smith confirmed that Scott Sabourin would check back in to active duty in place of Mikkel Boedker. Smith is hoping Sabourin's size and physicality can help spark his team against the Sabres.

"I'd like to get him in and get him going on the forecehck," Smith said about utilizing Sabourin tonight. "We have to be more phyiscal and I think Sabourin can help us do that."

Tweet from @Senators: #Sens Head Coach D.J. Smith provides an update on the roster before tonight���s game against the Sabres. pic.twitter.com/ZT7dHx5p46

No morning skate today on the second half of a back-to-back but here's how the lines and pairings should look tonight:

Tkachuk - Pageau - Duclair

Namestnikov - Tierney - Brown

Chlapik - Anisimov - Batherson

Ennis - White - Sabourin


Chabot - Hainsey

Borowiecki - Zaitsev

Reilly - DeMelo

 

In goal

Craig Anderson (6-12-1) is back between the pipes tonight for the Senators and is looking to snap his current 5-game losing skid. Anderson played well in his most recent start against the Vegas Golden Knights prior to the NHL All-Star Break making 39 saves in defeat. Marcus Hogberg draws back-up duty tonight after a busy 50-save performance last night against the Devils.

Tweet from @Media_Sens: #Sens HC Smith has informed media that @CraigAnderson41 will start in goal tonight @BuffaloSabres. Scott Sabourin will return to the lineup in place of Mikkel Boedker as the only other change from last night���s SO setback vs @NJDevils.

 

Where to watch

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

BROADCAST: TSN5, RDS

RADIO: TSN 120094,5 Unique FM

Need a spot to catch tonight's game? Well grab some friends and head on over to St. Louis Bar & Grill (1331 Clyde Ave.) where they'll be serving up 23oz Devils pints of Molson Canadian for just $7.98 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 make a quick trip to Buffalo to take on Sabres tonight at 7 p.m. ET. #GoSensGo pic.twitter.com/iZRMQfs7jI

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