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Game Day Notes: Game #8 - Sens @ Stars

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

The Sens wrap up their 3-game road trip in Dallas and we've got all the latest pre-game news and notes before tonight's 8:30 p.m. start against the Stars.

Projected line-up

The Sens held an optional skate earlier today at American Airlines Center and afterward head coach D.J. Smith passed along some updates on his line-up for tonight.

"We're still waiting to see how Artie feels this morning," said the coach. "If he can't go, then Beaudin will go."

Artem Anisimov has missed the last 3 games with a lower-body injury but has been making progress throughout the trip and will be a game-time decision in Dallas. The Sens recalled J.C. Beaudin from Belleville this morning and, should Anisimov be unable to play, he'll make his NHL debut tonight against the Stars.

Tweet from @Media_Sens: Beaudin, 22, was acquired by the #Sens on Feb. 6, 2019, from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for forward Max McCormick. He was Colorado���s third-round pick (71st overall) in the 2015 NHL draft.

Smith also shared that Mikkel Boedker will return to the line-up tonight in place of Scott Sabourin on the team's 4th line. Here's a look at the Sens projected line-up for tonight...

Tkachuk - Pageau - Brown

Namestnikov - Tierney - Duclair

Ennis - White - Ryan

Paul - Anisimov (game-time decision) - Boedker


Chabot - Zaitsev

Brannstrom - Hainsey

Borowiecki - DeMelo


In goal

Anders Nilsson (0-1-1) gets the nod in net tonight in Dallas and is coming off one of his best games as a Senator following a 3-2 shootout loss to the Golden Knights last week. Nilsson was brilliant in Vegas and turned aside 52 of the 54 shots that were sent his way over the first 65 minutes before eventually dropping the decision in a shootout.

"It felt kind of like an old playoff game," Nilsson said post-game in Vegas. "Obviously we knew it was going to be a good atmosphere. Vegas has a good team and they came pretty hard at us, but I think we stood up pretty good and we were prepared for a battle."

Tweet from @Senators: The coach confirms that Anders Nilsson will start in goal tomorrow against the Stars.


Previous meeting

These teams last faced off in Dallas way back in November 23rd, 2018 with the Stars earning a 6-4 victory in a high scoring affair. Bobby Ryan lead the way offensively for the Senators registering assists on 3 of the team's 4 goals on the night while Craig Anderson was beaten 5 times on 53 shots in defeat.

Here's a look at the full highlights from that game...

Video: Condensed Game: Senators @ Stars


Where to Watch

It's an 8:30 p.m. start tonight in Dallas and here's how you can catch all the action between the Sens and Stars...


RADIO: TSN 120094,5 Unique FM

Tweet from @Senators: It���s a #Sens game day!The Sens wrap up their three-game road trip tonight in Dallas. Puck drops against the Stars at 8:30 p.m. ET. #GoSensGo

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