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Gameday Journal: Game 12 — Wild vs. Senators

by Chris Lund / Ottawa Senators

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

Jersey: Heritage Black

Television: TSN 5, RDS

Radio: TSN 1200, Unique FM 94,5

Referees: Dan O'Halloran, Dave Jackson

Linesmen: Steve Barton, Michel Cormier

4:30 PM: Here are tonight's projected lineups for the Sens and Wild...

Ottawa Senators

Forwards

MacArthur - Turris - Ryan

Michalek - Zibanejad - Chiasson

Smith - Legwand - Neil

Hoffman - Lazar - Stone

Defence

Borowiecki - Karlsson

Cowen - Ceci

Wiercioch - Gryba

Goaltenders

Anderson

Lehner

Scratches: Condra, Greening, Phillips

Minnesota Wild

Forwards

Vanek - Granlund - Pominville

Zucker - Koivu - Coyle

Niederreiter - Haula - Fontaine

Veilleux - Brodziak - Carter

Defence

Suter - Brodin

Scandella - Folin

Prosser - Dumba

Goaltenders

Backstrom

Kuemper

Scratches: Blum, Cooke, Parise

4:00 PM: Craig Anderson will get the start for the Sens tonight. Here's what he had to say ahead of tonight's game...

He added this on the team's defensive approach to this point:

It's the difference between winning games and losing games. Quality scoring chances and feeling good about yourself or not feeling good about the way you've played. Through the first 10 or 11 games we've done a good job as far as eliminating the opportunities we've given up. There's going to be mistakes that happen and guys are going to get some quality scoring chances but if you can limit those to one or two quality scoring chances a game, chances are the goalie is going to make the save. If you start asking your goalie to make five, six, seven big saves a game you're going to end up with three or four in your net.

3:30 PM: Get the full rundown on tonight's game with the Pre-Game Report courtesy of Sens TV and Gord Wilson.

1:30 PM: Mark Borowiecki returns to the lineup tonight for the Senators after being injured last week in Columbus. Here's what he had to say about his return...

1:00 PM: Senators defenceman Patrick Wiercioch caught up with Sens TV after today's morning skate. Take a look...

12:00 PM: Senators head coach Paul MacLean passed along his updates after today's morning skate. Here's what he had to say...

On tonight's starter:

Craig Anderson is the goalie tonight... We had internal discussions about it and we felt that Craig gives us a good chance to win tonight.

On getting both goalies into games:

We felt we have a good goaltending tandem and we want to make sure we use them as a tandem and try to keep them fresh and give them an opportunity to play when they're playing well. We want to get them both off to good starts here in the first 10 games. We feel we've done that and we want to keep going.

On if there would be potential for a goaltender to play multiple games in a row:

Well they both have a history of being able to do that. Whether or not we allow them to do that, when you have a tandem it's harder to do that. We want to win games and if we feel one gives us a better chance to win than the other we'll certainly play that one.

On if Chiasson and Borowiecki will return tonight:

Yes... Phillips needs another maintenance day and Greening and Condra will be out.

On Borowiecki potentially playing with Karlsson:

He did that today with practice, whether or not he does it tonight remains to be seen. I think everyone will get a turn with Erik tonight, including Mark, Jared and Patrick. I think they can all play with him... We're going to get the guys that are playing out on the ice and they'll all get a turn to play with Erik.

On managing the flu in the room:

Our medical staff does that and we try to keep it out of our room, much like it sounds like Anaheim did. If they have it you try to keep it away from you and separate water bottles so it doesn't get mixed up. We do the best we can to keep it out of the room... Everyone's schedule is busy and everyone is susceptible to it. By no means do we think we're immune to it but we try to do our best to keep it out of the room.

On the penalty kill's success:

I think it's hard work and not taking as many. The Chicago game, we were lucky taking five penalties and not getting scored on. If you're three or less on minor penalties, you can handle that for the most part. When you start to get to four, five, six or seven, you're getting scored on for sure. The League is too good and that means when we're taking fewer penalties we're defending better and we have the puck more. Those are all good signs when we're taking fewer penalties.

On trust in Lazar:

Well now that he's staying around, we'll probably be more afraid of him. Curtis has played very well, he's been very consistent. He's been able to raise the level of his game to the situation that we've put him in. We found out a lot about him through training camp and his first 10 games and now it's can he maintain it. Are we going to be careful with him? No, not until he makes us be careful with him. We're just going to keep playing him. If we have to be careful with him we probably won't be playing him.

On the Wild:

If they're not the best team in the League 5-on-5 they're one of the top two 5-on-5 teams. That's a pretty important stat for us. It tells us they're pretty good with the puck and without the puck and they're a hard working team that plays with good structure. They're going to be hard to play.

10:15 AM: It's Throwback Thursday at Canadian Tire Centre so we opted to pull this one out of the Wayback Machine. Who remembers when this very site you're on looked like this?

10:00 AM: The Ottawa Senators will look to make it two in a row tonight when they host the Minnesota Wild at Canadian Tire Centre. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m.

The Sens are coming off of a 3-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday night. Goals from Erik Karlsson, Patrick Wiercioch and Clarke MacArthur provided the offence while Craig Anderson had a solid game in net, recording 31 stops to earn the victory. The Senators are 6-3-2 to begin their season.

Minnesota comes to Ottawa after a 4-1 loss at home to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Wild put 34 shots on goal against the Penguins but only mustered the lone goal, a shorthanded tally from Nino Niederreiter. Darcy Kuemper stopped 18 shots in the loss. Through 11 games this season the Wild have a record of 7-4-0.

The Sens will have their morning skate at 10:15 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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