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Game Day Notes: Sens @ Red Wings

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

The Sens are in Detroit tonight set to kick off their 4-game road trip when they take on the Red Wings at 7:30 p.m. and we've got the latest news and notes prior to puck drop.

Projected Line-up

Today's line-up notes start with an update on Mark Borowiecki who left Tuesday's game after being hit by a shot from his defence partner Christian Jaros. Borowiecki remained in Ottawa and will undergo an MRI so as of now there's no timetable on his return. When asked about whether Borowiecki may join the team mid-trip, Sens head coach Guy Boucher stressed that it depends on the results of his MRI.

"He may," said Boucher. "We're just trying to make sure that we know what we're dealing with."

As a result, the Sens have recalled forward Darren Archibald and defencemen Cody Goloubef from Belleville and at least one of them will slot into tonight's line-up.

"One is expected to play," shared the coach. "I'll make my decision after warm-up whether we're going 11 & 7 or if we're going 12 & 6."

Video: Sens @ Wings - Coach Pre-game

While we wait to see whether it's Archibald or Goloubef, here's how the lines and pairings could look:

Dzingel - Duchene - Ryan

Tkachuk - White - Stone

Smith - Pageau - Paajarvi

Archibald - Tierney - Balcers


Chabot - DeMelo

Lajoie - Ceci

Jaros - Harpur



In Goal

With 6 wins in his last 9 games, Anders Nilsson (9-13-1) will make his fourth start in a row tonight for the Senators. Nilsson has been stellar as of late and, despite dropping a 4-1 decision to the Hurricanes in his most recent outing, he has been busy and faced an average of 42 shots against/game over his last 4 starts. 

Tweet from @Media_Sens: #Sens HC Guy Boucher has informed media that Anders Nilsson will start in goal tonight @DetroitRedWings. Remaining roster decisions are pending but Mark Borowiecki will miss tonight���s game w/a lower body injury.

Filip Gustavsson is set to back-up Nilsson again tonight while Craig Anderson continues to make strides after sustaining an eye injury earlier this week. Anderson joined the team on their 4-game road trip and skated this morning so it appears he's nearing a return.

"It's a day-to-day thing," said Boucher about Anderson. "As soon as he's recovered his full vision he'll be ready to go so that's what we're waiting for."


Previous Meeting

These teams last faced off a little under two weeks ago at Canadian Tire Centre with the Red Wings blanking the Senators 2-0. Detroit rode a pair of first period goals through the final two periods while the Senators peppered Jonathan Bernier with 35 shots but were unable to find the back of the net.

Full highlights from that game are below...

Video: OTT Recap: Anderson makes 19 saves in 2-0 loss


Where to Watch

We've got ourselves a 7:30 p.m. start in Detroit tonight and if you're looking for a great spot to catch the game be sure to hit up Oliver's Pub on campus at Carleton University where they'll be serving up $4.25 cans of Molson Canadian during tonight's game.


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