It's a late start in Anaheim and we've got all the Sens' pre-game news and notes that you're looking for before our scheduled 10 p.m. puck drop against the Ducks...
Tierney keeps rolling
Sens centre Chris Tierney has been enjoying a bit of a hot streak lately which was capped off by a lovely little overtime winner against his former team last weekend. Tierney has recorded 6 points (1G, 5 A) over his last 5 games and seems to be finding himself flanked by some of the team's top offensive weapons which includes his projected linemates for tonight Connor Brown and Brady Tkachuk )who are #1 and #2 in team scoring this season).
Tierney has already surpassed his goal total from last season (9) and his 11 goals on the year have him sitting 5th among active skaters for the Senators.
Video: OTT@SJS: Tierney lifts wrist shot past Dell
Sens head coach D.J. Smith met with media inAnaheim this evening and shared that he'll roll with the same line-up he successfully used against San Jose last weekend.
Tonight's game will also mark the second of the season for Christian Wolanin who returned from shoulder surgery on Saturday after surrering an injury prior to training camp. Wolanin was as advertised for Smith who spoke about the impact his return means for their defence corps, particularly when it comes to the left side.
"He was very good. He moved pucks and we had the puck a lot more," said Smith about Wolanin's debut. "We had a real good puck mover on the left side with every unit so I was really happy with his performance."
Here's a look at the Sens' projected line-up tonight in Anaheim:
Tkachuk - Tierney - Brown
Balcers - White - Ryan
Duclair - Paul - Hawryluk
Boedker - Peca - Sabourin
Chabot - Hainsey
Reilly - Zaitsev
Englund - Wolanin
Marcus Hogberg (5-7-8) gets the nod in net tonight against the Ducks after rejoining his teammates mid-trip. Hogberg took some time away from the team for personal reasons recently but was able to meet up with the Senators in California and practiced with the squad yesterday. Craig Anderson, who has won his last two starts, will back-up Hogberg tonight and will most likely get the start against the Los Angeles Kings tomorrow on the second half of this back-to-back.
These teams met last month on Feb. 4th in Ottawa where the Ducks bested the Sens in a shootout to earn a 3-2 decision. Drake Batherson and Artem Anisimov provided the Sens' offence in regulation (with Mike Reilly assisting on both Ottawa goals) while Marcus Hogberg was solid in net, stopping 26 of the 28 shots he faced to force a shootout.
"You want to win those games and you put pressure on the guys to do that, but in saying that, we'll get up tomorrow and feel good that we did a lot of good things here tonight," said Smith following the game. "We continue to get better. We're in games with everybody. As we get older and more mature, we'll win more of these."
Full highlights from that game below:
Video: OTT Recap: Senators earn a point in SO loss to Ducks
Where to watch
Put on a pot of coffee because it's a 10 p.m. start in Anaheim and here's all the ways you can catch the Sens and Ducks tonight...
BROADCAST: TSN5, RDS
RADIO: TSN 1200, 94,5 Unique FM
In need of a great late night spot to watch the game? Then why not grab some friends and head over to Father & Sons (112 Osgoode St.) where they'll be serving up 20 oz pints of Molson Canadian for just $5.99 (plus tax) all game long.
To find out where our next watch party will be and specials you can enjoy, visit the full schedule click here.