Lots going on at tonight's game against the Arizona Coyotes at including Mark Borowiecki's return, Tyler Ennis' 600th career NHL game, Hockey is for Everyone night and much more...
A pair of changes to Sens head coach D.J. Smith's line-up tonight and we'll start on the blueline with the return of Mark Borowiecki. The 30-year-old defenceman didn't join the team on their recent 2-game road trip and instead stayed in Ottawa for the birth of his first child. Already as reliable as his father, Miles Marek Borowiecki was born this past Sunday and the new parents couldn't be more excited.
"It was an amazing experience," he said this morning. "I'm so proud of Tara and we're so thankful and grateful that everything went well. It's been a fun few days at home."
Video: Mark talks about becoming a father earlier this week.
Smith also shared that Filip Chlapik would return to active duty tonight after sitting out both road games against the Jets and Avalanche and is hoping his relentless forechecking and pressure can help spark the bottom 6 against the Coyotes.
"He sat a couple of games but we didn't want him to sit too long," Smith said of Chlapik. "He did a real nice job in Belleville to get called up but he didn't play a ton of minutes before we took him out to give Boedker an opportunity. I just think he'll provide us with a little bit of energy and physicality coming off this road trip."
No word yet on who will start in goal tonight but Marcus Hogberg (2-5-7) was the first goalie off the ice at today's morning skate and is coming off a solid 33-save performance in Denver on Tuesday night so I'd say he's probable to get the call in net this evening.
Here's a look at the Sens' projected line-up against Arizona:
Tkachuk - Pageau - C.Brown
Namestnikov - Tierney - Batherson
Paul - Anisimov - Duclair
Chlapik - White - Ennis
Chabot - Hainsey
Borowiecki - DeMelo
Reilly - Zaitsev
#600 for Ennis
It's another milestone game as Tyler Ennis will skate in his 600 career NHL game tonight against the Coyotes. Ennis, who joined the Senators as a free agent in July, has impressed with his creative play in Ottawa this season and hopes to see his career games played number continue to rise.
"It's a dream come true for a kid that dreamt of being in the NHL," said Ennis of the milestone. "It seems like just yesterday I was getting called up from the minors but it's been fun and hopefully I get 600 more."
Video: Tyler Ennis to play in his 600th career game tonight.
Through 56 games with the Senators in 2019-20, Ennis has recorded 30 points (13G, 17A) and sits tied for 5th in team scoring with Thomas Chabot.
Hockey is for Everyone
The Sens will also be celebrating inclusivity at tonight's game as part of the NHL's Hockey is for Everyone initiative. The Ottawa Senators believe that hockey should provide a safe, positive and inclusive environment for players and families regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, disability, sexual orientation and socio-economic status.
Video: The Ottawa Senators believe Hockey is for Everyone.
For more details on tonight's Hockey is for Everyone game or to buy tickets, click here.
Where to watch
It's a 7:30 p.m. start at Canadian Tire Centre and here's all the ways you can catch the Sens and Coyotes tonight...
BROADCAST: TSN5, RDS
RADIO: TSN 1200, 94,5 Unique FM
Can't make it to the rink? Well why not make the trip to Liam Maguire's (1705 St Laurent Blvd.) and hit up our Molson Canadian Watch Party where they'll be serving up 20 oz pints of Molson Canadian for just $7.80 (taxes included) 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.