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Game Day Notes: Sens @ Rangers

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

Christian Jaros is set to appear in this 20th career NHL game, Anderson gets the start in nets and some details about tonight's Sens line-up against the Rangers.

Jaros talks NYC

It's probably true for most rookies but each road trip comes as an opportunity to cross another destination off the list for Christian Jaros. Set to appear in this 20th career NHL game tonight, Jaros shared that this trip to the Big Apple was his most anticipated stop on the Sens' current 4-game road trip.

"I was really looking forward to New York," said Jaros. "I have never been to a lot of other NHL cities before so I am always looking forward to traveling to these places but I've wanted to see New York for a long time."

"I'm from a pretty small city in Slovakia," he continued. "So New York is huge. There is so much to do here it's unbelievable."

Video: OTT@MIN: Jaros nets first NHL goal off the draw


Projected Line-up

Some good news on the injury front for the Senators tonight as Colin White will return to the line-up after missing Friday's game in Dallas. The Sens suffered another scare against the Stars after a puck redirected off Mark Stone's stick and struck him in the face causing him to miss chunks of the second and third period. Fortunately for the Senators, Stone appears to be ok and will be in the line-up tonight against the Rangers.

"He's fine. The swelling went down a lot quicker than we thought and he feels great," said Guy Boucher about Stone. "So there's no issue."

Mark Borowiecki, who skated with the team this morning, is still considered day-to-day and won't play tonight in New York.

Video: Sens vs. Rangers - Coach Pregame

The head coach tinkered with his forward lines over the weekend in an attempt to find some balance between his team's offensive production and defensive issues. Tom Pyatt is expected to swap places with Mikkel Boedker while Zack Smith and Chris Tierney will also exchange roles tonight and pivot new linemates. The Sens' offence is currently ranked third in the NHL averaging 3.61 goals/game while their defensive game has struggled, surrendering a league-worst 4.35 goals/game.

"We're trying to help our defensive game a little bit," Boucher said about the new forward lines. "We're trying to form lines that will represent that and we know it's tough. On defence, we won't put the two kids together."

The "kids" he is refering to on the blueline are Max Lajoie and Christian Jaros and with that, here's a look at the Sens projected line-up tonight:

Pyatt - Duchene - Batherson 

Tkachuk - White - Stone 

Dzingel - Smith - Ryan 

Boedker - Tierney - Paajarvi 


Chabot - DeMelo 

Lajoie - Ceci

Jaros - Harpur


In Goal

Craig Anderson's (9-8-3) workhorse ways continue as he gets set to make his 21st start of the season tonight against the Rangers. Anderson will be looking to rebound after dropping his last 3 starts where he surrendered 16 goals over that span.

Tweet from @Media_Sens: #Sens HC Guy Boucher has confirmed with media that @CraigAnderson41 will start in goal tonight @NYRangers. Colin White will return in place of Max McCormick while Mark Borowiecki remains out of the lineup due to injury.


Where the Watch

It's a 7 p.m. start time in New York this evening and if you're looking for a spot to catch tonight's game why not grab some friends and check out Hooley's on Elgin where they'll be serving up Molson Canadian Drafts for just $6.50 all game long.

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