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Game Day Notes: Game #59 - Sens vs. Stars

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

It's a 6 p.m. start at Canadian Tire Centre and we've got all the Sens' pre-game news and notes you need before puck drop against the Dallas Stars...

Line-up notes

No line-up changes expected but the Sens did make one roster move prior to tonight's game and that was recalling Andreas Englund from Belleville to provide some depth with Mark Borowiecki sidelined for at least a week with an ankle injury.

Head coach D.J. Smith met with the media late this afternoon and shared his quick scouting report on the Stars, a team he believes is a bit misunderstood.

"There's a misconception with Dallas that they're this high-flying, offensive team with Seguin and Benn and them," said Smith about tonight's opponent. "They're one of the best defensive teams in hockey and they came within a period of beating the St. Louis Blues and going to the Stanley Cup Final. They don't let you get to the net, they're big, they're strong, they check before they score and they're built to win now. They're a really good hockey team."

The coach also confirmed post-game yesterday that Craig Anderson (7-13-2) will start in goal tonight against the Stars. Anderson came in in relief of Marcus Hogberg last night versus Toronto and turned aside all 14 shots he faced in a little more than a period's worth of work.

Video: TOR@OTT: Anderson makes stellar glove save on Hyman

It seems like we've been having a few more milestone games recently with Mikkel Boedker and Tyler Ennis each playing their 700th and 600th NHL games respectively last week and we've got another one tonight as Nick Paul gets set for his 100th career game. Paul, who made his National Hockey League debut way back in 2015-16, has set a bunch of career-highs this season including goals (7), assists (7), points (14), PIMs (22) and games played (43).

No morning skate today so here's how the forward lines and defence pairings looked last night:

Tkachuk - Pageau - Brown

Namestnikov - Tierney - Batherson

Paul - Anisimov - Duclair

Ennis - White - Sabourin

Chabot - DeMelo

Reilly - Zaitsev

Hainsey - Goloubef


Home stand heads up

The Sens are at the midway point of their 6-game home stand at Canadian Tire Centre this month and have a few more key contests on the docket for next week. For starters, the Sens will be retiring Chris Phillips' iconic #4 prior to Tuesday's game against the Buffalo Sabres and then close out the week with all-Canadian match-ups with the Winnipeg Jets (Thursday) and the Montreal Canadiens (Saturday).

For more info or to grab some tickets, click here.

Tweet from @Senators: The Senators' all-time leader in games played for the franchise, and long-time alternate captain Chris Phillips will have his number 4 retired on Tuesday, Feb. 18, when the #Sens host the Sabres. #4EverASenBE THERE:


Family Night

Come celebrate Family Day weekend at the game tonight. We'll have a variety of family fun activities on the concourse before puck drop and the first 5,000 fans will receive a Sparty Growth Chart courtesy of Dairy Farmers of Ontario on their way in.

Tweet from @Senators: Be sure to get to today's Family Night game early and test yourself in the UPstacle Course and get some free chocolate milk courtesy of @OntarioDairy!


Previous meeting

Rewind back to Oct. 21st where the Stars earned a 2-1 decision over the Senators in Dallas during their first meeting this season. Vladislav Namestnikov had the lone goal for the Sens in defeat while Anders Nilsson was a beast stopping 41 of the 43 shots he faced.

Full highlights from that game below:

Video: OTT Recap: Nilsson makes 41 saves in loss to Stars


Where to watch

It's a 6 p.m. start at Canadian Tire Centre and here's all the ways you can catch the Sens and Stars tonight...



RADIO: TSN 120094,5 Unique FM

Can't make it to the rink tonight? Then grab some friends and head on out to Hometown Sports Grill (1525 Bank St.) where they'll be serving up tall cans of Molson Canadian for just $6 (plus tax).

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!It���s Family Night at @CdnTireCtr as the Sens host the Dallas Stars for a 6 p.m. puck drop. #GoSensGoTICKETS:

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