Game Day Notes: Sens @ Jetsby Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators
The road trip rolls on in Winnipeg and we've got details on tonight's Sens projected line-up, a look at their most recent meeting and more before tonight's 7 p.m. start against the Jets.
Just one change to tonight's line-up and that's the return of 12 & 6 which will see Darren Archibald sub onto the fourth line and defenceman Cody Goloubef is expected to be a healthy scratch. This will mark Archibald's second game with the Senators after making his debut against the Sharks back on January 12th.
"He's a big, reliable guy," said head coach Guy Boucher about inserting Archibald back into the line-up. "This is a barn that has been tough for us. They've got a big team and I think that's going to serve us well."
Video: Sens @ Jets - Coach Pre-game
The Sens also avoided another injury it seems as Ryan Dzingel, who missed yesterday's skate, has been given the green light for this evening and will take his standard spot on the top line with Matt Duchene and Bobby Ryan.
Here's a look at the Sens' projected line-up in Winnipeg:
Dzingel - Duchene - Ryan
Tkachuk - White - Stone
Smith - Pageau - Paajarvi
Archibald - Tierney - Balcers
Chabot - DeMelo
Lajoie - Ceci
Jaros - Harpur
For the fifth straight game, Anders Nilsson (9-14-1) will get the start in goal the Senators. Nilsson will be looking to snap his 2-game losing skid tonight after picking up his last win against the same Jets just a week ago (more on that below). Nilsson holds a 6-6-0 record with the Senators since joining the team in early January and has seen a lot of rubber recently. Over his last 5 games, he's faced an average of 39.4 shots against/game which makes his .930 save percentage with the Sens all the more impressive.
Video: OTT@DET: Nilsson slides to stone Mantha on the break
Nothing new on Craig Anderson who has missed the last 2 games with an eye injury so Filip Gustavsson will once again back-up Nilsson tonight. Anderson remains hopeful to return on Monday on Chicago.
These teams squared off just one week ago in Ottawa with the Sens earning a 5-2 victory over the visiting Jets. Mark Stone (2G) and Matt Duchene (1G, 1A) lead the way offensively for the Senators while Nilsson was rock solid in net turning aside 44 of the 46 shots he faced.
"Winnipeg is a really good team and a heavy team to play against," Nilsson said following the win. "They pushed us back in the third a little bit but I like the way we managed it and how we played in our zone. I felt like we didn't panic, we protected the middle really good."
Full highlights from that game are below...
Video: Stone, Nilsson power Senators past Jets
Where to Watch
Need a spot to catch the game tonight? Round up a crew and head on over to Buster's Bar on Carling Ave. where you can catch all the action plus score Molson Canadian drafts for just $5.75 all evening long.