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Gameday Journal: Game 11 — Red Wings vs. Senators

by Chris Lund / Ottawa Senators

5:00 PM: Here's some crucial information ahead of tonight's game against Detroit...

Jersey: Home Red

Television: TSN 5, RDS 2

Radio: TSN 1200, Unique FM 94,5

Referees: Brad Watson, Jean Hebert

Linesmen: Derek Nanson, David Brisebois

4:30 PM: Here are tonight's projected lineups for the Senators and Red Wings...

Ottawa Senators

Forwards

MacArthur - Turris - Ryan

Michalek - Zibanejad - Chiasson

Smith - Legwand - Neil

Hoffman - Lazar - Stone

Defence

Phillips - Karlsson

Cowen - Ceci

Wiercioch - Gryba

Goaltenders

Anderson

Lehner

Scratches: Borowiecki, Condra, Greening

Detroit Red Wings

Forwards

Zetterberg - Datsyuk - Abdelkader

Nyquist - Sheahan - Tatar

Jurco - Helm - Franzen

Miller - Glendening - Andersson

Defence

Kronwall - Ericsson

Smith - DeKeyser

Lashoff - Kindl

Goaltenders

Howard

Gustavsson

Scratches: Cleary, Nestrasil, Quincey

4:00 PM: Mika Zibanejad talked about his recent turnaround on the scoresheet today after the Sens' morning skate. Here's what he had to say...

On if he has more confidence:

It's funny what one goal can do, I just feel more alive out there and I'm keeping my head up. I've just got to keep working now, that's what it's all about.

On confidence coming through in the Boston game:

I would say so, every time you can contribute — obviously it was a tough loss and at the end of the day it didn't mean anything to the game but it meant something to me. It's another building block for me.

On his feel for his game:

My mindset never really changed, it was still working hard and doing little things right. Obviously I feel like it gives you more room to actually play hockey rather than think about it too much. That's what I feel like the last couple of games and what's been doing it for me. It's another building stone and hopefully I keep it going tonight.

On his two goals:

I don't know if they were similar goals but they went in and that's the most important thing. In these two games I had the same number of shots I had the previous eight games or something so it's another sign to keep shooting it and not give up any shooting opportunities.

On the homestand:

Obviously we want to take care of our home ice and establish ourselves as a hard working team at home and away as well. We don't want it to be easy to come here and play us at home with our crowd. It's the way we're supposed to play. That's something we can establish this week.

On playing Detroit:

It was my first ever NHL game and it's special that way, it's always fun to play against fellow Swedes. They have pretty good players on the other side as well. It's always fun.

On Neil wearing his jersey at practice:

I just beat him at ping pong and that was our bet. I was going to wear his hat and he was going to wear my jersey. Like you saw, he lost the bet.

3:00 PM: Get set for tonight's game with the Pre-Game Report courtesy of Sens TV...

1:00 PM: Senators forward Curtis Lazar spoke with the media ahead of what is set to be his ninth NHL game. Sens TV was on hand. Take a look...

12:45 PM: Senators head coach Paul MacLean passed along his updates ahead of tonight's game with the Red Wings. Here's what he had to say...

On if Chiasson will miss tonight:

Not at this point. He was trying some stuff out today, we'll see what it ends up as tonight. We don't anticipate anything.

On his relationship with Mike Babcock and the other coaches he has worked with:

To be part of that group is special. The opportunity I have here came from the opportunity working with Babs in Detroit and having success with a successful organization. You always appreciate that... It's always fun and interesting (coaching against him), I'm not sure if it's unique but it's always a challenge as well. We know they're going to be prepared and they're going to come in and play well. We have to make sure we match that.

On what makes Babcock a successful coach:

I think the biggest thing for me is preparation and how much work he puts in to the preparation. That's the thing that separates him.

On if there are any special considerations playing Detroit:

There's a little bit of we need to play our game and play the way we way but certainly you want to make sure you give enough respect to Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. They're world class players when they're on the ice. It's like when we play anyone else that has those types of players, you have to be aware of them when they're on the ice. They have the ability to make something out of nothing. They disappear on the ice and show up in the right spot and the puck is going to be there. You have to make sure you're aware when they're out there but can't give them all kinds of time and space either. You have to shorten the rink on them and try to make them play in tight spaces.

On if he's happy with the team's play at home:

I think we've built some momentum in our season until this point and this is a start of a four game homestand so it gives more importance to the first game of that homestand to keep that momentum going and continue to build. We know we have a difficult opponent but we're up to the challenge and we're excited about it.

On Zibanejad:

Any time you score it gives you a bit more confidence but like we've said, his game has been fine all along. If he keeps doing what he's doing and pushing a little bit more even more is going to happen.

On what he expects from Karlsson tonight:

Good players usually come back and have good games. Erik is a good player so we anticipate he's going to come out and have himself a game.

10:30 AM: The Sens are on the ice for their morning skate...

#Sens forward Chris Neil wears his favourite player's jersey at morning skate ahead of tonight's game vs the Red Wings

A photo posted by Ottawa Senators (@nhlsenators) on

10:00 AM: The Ottawa Senators are back at it tonight when they take on the Detroit Red Wings at Canadian Tire Centre. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m.

The Sens are coming off of a 4-2 road loss at the hands of the Boston Bruins on Saturday night. Mark Stone and Mika Zibanejad scored the Senators' goals while Robin Lehner made 26 saves in the loss. The Senators now have a record of 5-3-2 through 10 games.

The Red Wings are coming off of a 3-2 shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres in Buffalo on Sunday. Tomas Tatar and Pavel Datsyuk scored the goals for the Red Wings while Jimmy Howard stopped 19 shots in the loss. Detroit is 6-2-3 in their 11 games.

This is the first meeting between the two this season.

The Sens will hit the ice for their morning skate at 10:15 a.m. and I'll have plenty of updates to follow including, but not limited to, lineup changes, players' thoughts, Sens TV videos, Instagram goodness and more.

Stay tuned!

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