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Game Day Notes: Sens @ Rangers

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

We've got the latest from New York including a look at tonight's projected line-up, starting goaltender and more before our 7:30 p.m. puck drop against the Rangers.

Projected Line-up

Sens interim head coach Marc Crawford shared a few details about his line-up ahead of tonight's game which included some shuffling on the back end. After being sent to Belleville yesterday, Christian Wolanin has rejoined the team in New York and is expected to fill in for Ben Harpur who has been ruled out with an illness.

"Christian will be coming in and that will give us six defencemen," said Crawford. "We'll make the decision on any of the other changes to the line-up this afternoon."

Defenceman Andreas Englund was also recalled from Belleville and will draw into the line-up against the Rangers. This marks Englund's first NHL game of the season but he has appeared in 6 games with Ottawa since his debut on December 3rd, 2016.

"I always want to go out there and play my best game every night," said Englund. "This is a great opportunity for me to show the development I've made in my game this year."

Video: Sens @ Rangers - Coach Pre-game

With a decision still needing to be made up front, here's how the forward lines and defence pairings could look for tonight:

Balcers - Pageau - Veronneau

Tkachuk - White - Gibbons

Duclair - Tierney - Ryan

Smith - Lindberg - Paajarvi

Boedker


Chabot - DeMelo

Wolanin - Ceci

Englund - Jaros

 

In Goal

Anders Nilsson (13-19-1) gets the nod in net tonight against the Rangers where he'll be looking to bust out of his mini 2-game losing skid. Nilsson put together a solid month of March compiling a record of 3-3-0 to go along with a .922 save percentage in 6 games played. Craig Anderson draws the backup duties tonight and the coach confirmed that Joey Daccord will make his first NHL start tomorrow in Buffalo.

Tweet from @Senators: The coach confirms that that Anders Nilsson will start in goal tomorrow against the Rangers. pic.twitter.com/gE2yCpFh0e

 

Previous Meeting

These teams last squared off at Canadian Tire Centre way back on November 29th, 2018 where Anderson was perfect, stopping all 27 shots he faced to earn the shutout victory. Magnus Paajarvi scored his second goal of the season in the win but Anderson made sure to shout out his teammate for his laying out to block a shot in the dying seconds of the game.

"He blocks a shot with 30 seconds left and he doesn't have to do that but he's showing that he's paying the price," said Anderson about Paajarvi. "We had guys all up and down the lineup tonight paying attention to details and the little things that make a big difference."

Full highlights from that game below:

Video: Anderson records his 41st career shutout in 3-0 win

 

Where to Watch

It's a 7:30 p.m. start time at Madison Square Garden and if you're in need of a spot to catch the game then 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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