Game Day Notes: Sens vs. Oilersby Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators
We've got the latest on tonight's starting goalie, a look at the Sens' line-up, details on how you can participate in the Ottawa Senators Foundation's Telethon and more before puck drop against the Oilers.
Sens head coach Guy Boucher provided a few updates following this morning's skate and confirmed that he'll be using 12 forwards and 6 defencemen tonight against the Oilers. Rudolfs Balcers, who was the healthy scratch against the Capitals in their last game, appears to have come down with an illness and won't be available tonight so the Sens have reached out to Belleville and recalled Drake Batherson. Batherson has appeared in 19 games for the Senators this season and registered 8 points (3G, 5A) over that span.
"He's going to get another opportunity here," said Boucher about recalling Batherson. "I've always liked his game so I'm sure he going to come in and help us."
With Batherson in, Christian Wolanin will be the odd man out tonight. It's unclear how the forward lines will look as the coach also shared that he's looking to see what kind of chemistry Brady Tkachuk and Chris Tierney can generate which indicates that there could be some slight shuffling to come. One thing that Boucher did relay was his first impressions on the new forwards in his line-up.
"All three have contributed," said Boucher about the recent additions of Anthony Duclair, Oscar Lindberg and Brian Gibbons. "If they're better than some of our guys then they're going to take their spot. Merit is the #1 teacher. It's not about where you're drafted, it's not your age...if you deserve it then you should get it. If you deserve it and you don't get it, then you're not teaching anybody anything."
Video: Sens vs. Oilers - Coach Pre-game
Craig Anderson (14-20-3) gets the nod in net for the Senators and despite a recent rash of losses, the Sens' starter has been rather solid lately. In his last 3 appearances, Anderson's save percentage is a stellar .932 and he was good in relief in Washington on Tuesday night stopping 12 of the 13 shots he faced in the back half of a 7-2 defeat.
Sens Foundation Telethon
The Ottawa Senators Foundation has once again teamed up with TSN for their annual telethon which will be live on TSN5 before tonight's game. The broadcast, which kicks off at 6:30 p.m., will focus on telling stories about a few of the many local kids that the foundation is helping to overcome barriers and reach their potential.
There are several different ways to pledge your support and help make a difference for these children and their families which come from all over eastern Ontario and western Quebec. To make a donation you can:
- Donate Online Now
- Text SENS to 45678 for a $10 donation
- Text SENATORS to 45678 for a $5 donation
- Call 1-844-8GO-SENS (846-7367)
Where to Watch
It's a 7:30 p.m. scheduled start tonight at Canadian Tire Centre and there are still some tickets available if you'd like to join us. Can't make it out to the rink? Catch the game at Jonny Canuck's where they'll be serving up 25% off Molson Canadian all night long.