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Game Day Notes: Game #6 - Sens @ Golden Knights

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

Put on a pot of coffee and get set for tonight's 10 p.m. start in Las Vegas with the latest pre-game news and notes on the Sens' projected line-up, starting goalie and more...

Projected line-up

A few pieces of line-up info to pass along this afternoon and we'll start with a quick injury update on Artem Anisimov who has been ruled out for the second consecutive game. Anisimov suffered a lower body injury this past Saturday against the Lightning but was healthy enough to join the team on their 3-game road trip.

With Anisimov out, Nick Paul checks into active duty for the first time this season. The 24-year-old winger has appeared in 56 games for the Senators over the past 4 seasons but is hoping a breakout performance in Belleville last year could help him lock down a spot with a young Ottawa forward group. 

"He's going to have to get on the forecheck and be physical," said Sens head coach D.J. Smith. "For him to be in the NHL he has to be a physical presence every night. He has to put pucks before (defenders) and wear them down and if he does that he'll have an opportunity to play here."

There also looks to be a bit of movement with the line combos as Anthony Duclair and Tyler Ennis have swapped places on the top 2 lines. Mikkel Boedker and Cody Goloubef are expected to be the healthy scratches tonight.

Here's how the lines and pairings looked at today's morning skate...

Tkachuk - White - Duclair

Ennis - Tierney - Ryan

Namestnikov - Pageau - Brown

Paul - Szwarz - Sabourin


Chabot - Zaitsev

Brannstrom - Hainsey

Borowiecki - DeMelo


In goal

The coach confirmed yesterday that Anders Nilsson (0-1-0) would get the start tonight as he looks to lock down his first win of the season in some hostile territory. Nilsson's lone start of 2019-20 came against the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues where he stopped 31 of the 26 shots he faced in defeat.

He has only started one game in goal in Vegas and that was way back on February 23rd, 2018 as a member of the Vancouver Canucks where he allowed 5 goals to the then league-leading Golden Knights en route to a 6-3 loss.

Tweet from @Senators: Anders Nilsson gets the start in goal tonight against the Golden Knights.


Previous meeting

It's been almost a full calendar year since these teams last met way back on November 8th, 2018 and that saw the Golden Knights earn a 5-3 victory at Canadian Tire Centre. Thomas Chabot's 5th goal of the season midway through the third period was the temporary equalizer before Vegas netted a pair of goals in the final frame to seal the road win.

Video: Condensed Game: Golden Knights @ Senators


Where to Watch

It's a 10 p.m. start in Las Vegas tonight and here's how you can catch all the action between the Sens and Golden Knights...


RADIO: TSN 120094,5 Unique FM

Tweet from @Senators: It���s a #Sens game day!The Sens kick off their first west-coast road trip of the season against the Golden Knights tonight in Las Vegas. Puck drops in the desert at 10 p.m E.T. #GoSensGo

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