It's Hockey Day in Canada and we've got all the latest Sens' pre-game news and notes from Winnipeg before their matinee against the Jets...
Just one change to the Sens' line-up today that we can confirm and that's the absence of Mark Borowiecki on the blueline. Head coach D.J. Smith shared with the media yesterday that Borowiecki wouldn't be joining the team on the 2-game road trip in order to be with his wife who is expecting the birth of their first child any day now.
"His wife is really close and it's good for him to be around his wife," said Smith before the team departed for Winnipeg yesterday. "It's a great time for him and his family and he'd love to keep playing but his family needs him."
Cody Goloubef will slot into Borowiecki's spot on defence and will see his first game action since Jan. 11th,
The coach still has a few decisions to make but will wait until after warm-up on the final game roster. Vladislav Namestnikov traveled with the team on this current road trip but his status for today's game is up in the air after missing Thursday's contest with a lower body injury and taking a puck in the face at yesterday's practice.
Smith also confirmed that he is waiting until after warm-up to name his starting goalie.
Here's how the projected line-up could look today while we wait on the final word from the coach:
Tkachuk - Pageau - Brown
Paul - Tierney - Duclair
Ennis - Anisimov - Batherson
Chlapik - White - Sabourin
Chabot - Hainsey
Reilly - Zaitsev
Goloubef - DeMelo
These teams last met almost a full year ago on Feb. 16th, 2019 in Winnipeg where the Sens beat the Jets 4-3 in overtime. Ryan Dzingel netted the game winner off of a feed from Chris Tierney while Anders Nilsson stopped 23 of the 26 shots he faced to earn the decision.
Full highlights from that game below:
Video: Senators top Jets in 4-3 overtime victory
Where to watch
It's a 2 p.m. start in Winnipeg today and here's how you can catch all the action between the Sens and Jets...
BROADCAST: CBC, Sportsnet, TVAS
RADIO: TSN 1200, 94,5 Unique FM
Need a great spot to catch the game? Our Molson Canadian Watch Party is heading to the Kelsey's in Barrhaven (75 Marketplace Ave.) where they'll be serving up 20oz Molson Canadians for $6.23 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.