The Sens get another crack at the defending champs tonight and we've got lots of injury updates and roster moves to catch you up on before our 7 p.m. start at Canadian Tire Centre against the Capitals.
Sens head coach Guy Boucher relayed a lot of info following some pre-game team meetings so in order to keep everything nice and clean I'm going to envoke the "bullet point" rule today...
- Thomas Chabot (week-to-week), who left yesterday's game with an upper body injury, won't play tonight and is expected to miss around 4 weeks.
- Christian Jaros (week-to-week), who broke his finger during a fight last night, has also ben ruled out for tonight and is expected to miss about 3 weeks.
- Magnus Paajarvi (day-to-day) also sustained an upper body injury during a fight last night and is out for tonight's game.
- With these injuries the Sens have recalled Christian Wolanin, Stefan Elliott and Jack Rodewald from Belleville.
- Tom Pyatt, who was a healthy scratch last night, will draw back into the line-up tonight.
- The coach confirmed that he'll roll with 12 forwards and 6 defencemen and that Elliott will take the warm-up but is expected to be the extra skater against the Capitals.
Boucher shared all these updates with the media earlier this afternoon and looks at the current rash of injuries as an opportunity for some of the team's younger players to step into bigger roles. You can catch his full media availability below...
With all those injuries and roster changes, here's our best guess at tonight's projected line-up:
Tkachuk - White - Stone
Smith - Duchene - Dzingel
Boedker - Tierney - Ryan
Pyatt - Paul - Rodewald
Wolanin - DeMelo
Lajoie - Ceci
Borowiecki - Harpur
Another opportunity for Tkachuk
Despite ending up on the wrong side of a 4-0 decision last weekend against the Capitals, that game was much closer than the final score would indicate. The Senators actually outshoot the Caps 35-33 and dominated in the face-off circle winning 64% of the draws but weren't able to bury their scoring chances early in the game whereas as Washington did.
"When you look back at that game last Saturday, we had a bunch of scoring chances that we just didn't convert," said Brady Tkachuk. "If we had potted one or two of those at key moments, it probably would have been a much different game. They're a great team with great coaching and they're the defending champs for a reason so I think it's a positive sign that we can hang with a team like that."
Tkachuk was on the end of several missed opportunities to get the Sens on the board against the Capitals and, after a hot start, has had some issues converting his chances recently with just one goal in his last 10 games.
"That's kind of been the story recently," he said. "I think it's just about bearing down and having that killer instinct. The good news is that the chances have been there so it's my job to make sure they go in the back of the net again."
Despite not getting on the scoresheet in their previous meeting, Tkachuk's brand of physicality, speed and grit was very noticeable against the Capitals and he's looking forward to tonight's rematch.
"I had a blast," Tkachuk said about his first game against Washington. "I love to play in those fast, physical games and they have a couple big strong guys on their team to go along with some of the most skilled players in the league so I'm looking forward to getting another crack at them again so soon."
It's career start #1 for Marcus Hogberg (0-0-0) tonight as the 24-year-old Swede gets set for his first taste of NHL action against the defending Stanley Cup Champs. The Sens' 3rd round pick in 2013 has spent the last two season in North America and is off to a solid start with the Belleville Senators this year compiling a record of 3-3-0 and a save percentage of .916% in 8 games played.
Where to Watch
We've got ourselves a 7 p.m. start at Canadian Tire Centre this evening and if you'd like to join use you can grab some tickets here.
Can't make it to the rink? Why not round up a crew and head to Oliver's Pub on campus at Carleton University where they'll be serving up $4.25 cans of Molson Canadian during tonight's game.