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...
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.
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.
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...
BROADCAST: TSN5, TVAS
RADIO: TSN 1200, 94,5 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.