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Game Day Notes: Sens vs. Red Wings

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

We've got the latest on tonight's tilt against Detroit including a look at the Sens projected line-up, their previous meeting and more before our 7 p.m. start at Canadian Tire Centre.

Projected Line-Up

The injury bug strikes again as the Sens will be without Mikkel Boedker tonight against the Red Wings. Boedker was injured at some point during last night's 5-3 loss to the Penguins and as a result Rudolfs Balcers has been recalled from Belleville and is expected to draw into the line-up.

Sens head coach Guy Boucher did share that he hasn't finalized his game roster for tonight yet and is contemplating using 12/6 or 11/7 versus a speedy Detroit squad. Stay tuned following warm-up for some final line-up confirmations.

The Sens' top trio of Matt Duchene, Bobby Ryan and Ryan Dzingel have been red hot lately and have combined for 15 points (8G, 7A) in their last 5 games and they'll look to keep rolling against Detroit.

Video: OTT@PIT: Ryan cashes in on power play

As we wait to find out which forward or defenceman is coming out of the line-up tonight, here's a look at what the lines and pairings could look like:

Dzingel - Duchene - Ryan 

Tkachuk - White - Stone 

Smith - Pageau - Paajarvi 

Paul - Tierney - Balcers

 

Chabot - DeMelo

Lajoie - Ceci 

Borowiecki - Jaros

Harpur

 

In Goal

The coach did confirm that Craig Anderson (14-15-3) will be back between the pipes tonight for the Senators. Anderson has dropped his last 3 starts but has won 3 of his last 4 against the Red Wings which includes picking up the decision in a 4-2 win about 6 weeks ago (more on that game below).

Tweet from @Senators: The coach confirms that Craig Anderson will start in goal tonight against the Red Wings. pic.twitter.com/8nevOTSe1n

 

Previous Meeting

These teams last faced off in Detroit back on December 14th where the Sens had multi-point efforts from 4 different players en route to a 4-2 victory over the Red Wings. Chris Tierney, Mikkel Boedker and Thomas Chabot each had a goal and an assist in the win while Mark Stone (1G) and Colin White (2A) chipped in to round out the offence in Detroit,

In goal, Anderson was solid and turned aside 26 of the 28 shots he faced to pick up the decision.

"I thought this was a really complete team effort," Anderson said following the win. "We played well in all three zones and the guys were winning a lot of one-on-one puck battles in our end."

Here's a look at the full highlights from that game:

Video: Tierney scores twice in 4-2 win against Red Wings

 

Where to Watch

We've got ourselves a 7 p.m. start time at Canadian Tire Centre today and there are still some tickets available here.

Can't make it to CTC? Then round up a crew and head to Sens House where they'll be serving up tall cans of Molson Canadian for just $6 or a bucket of 3 for $17.50. Click here to make a reservation.

 

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