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Gameday Journal: Game 13 ��� Jets vs. Senators

by Chris Lund / Ottawa Senators

4:15 PM: Here's some crucial information ahead of tonight's game against the Jets...

The Sens are encouraging fans to wear Red tonight as a show of support for our troops as part of Canadian Forces Appreciation Night.

Jersey: Home Red

Television: Sportsnet

Radio: TSN 1200, Unique FM 94,5

Referees: Chris Lee, Brad Meier

Linesmen: Brad Lazarowich, Jean Morin

4:00 PM: Here are tonight's projected lineups for the Sens and Jets...

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

Winnipeg Jets

Forwards

Ladd - Little - Frolik

Kane - Scheifele - Wheeler

Perreault - Lowry - Byfuglien

Galiardi - Slater - Thorburn

Defence

Stuart - Trouba

Enstrom - Bogosian

Clitsome - Postma

Goaltenders

Pavelec

Hutchinson

Scratches: Pardy, Halischuk

3:30 PM: Senators forward Mark Stone takes on his hometown team tonight when the Sens face the Jets. Here's what he had to say about the game...

On the play of his line:

For us I think the three of us are just trying to improve. With the three of us being rookies in the League, we know we have to try to improve every game and the three of us have been able to gain that chemistry and trust in each other. I think you see that when the coaching staff puts us out there in some key situations.

On the homestand back-to-back:

They're big games, especially with our record last year on home ice. We came into this season and it was one of those things we needed to improve and we've been able to do that so far. We're trying to build off of that and force teams to play a perfect game to beat us.

On facing Toronto tomorrow:

You can't look too far ahead but it's always fun to play the Leafs. We'll be excited and ready to go but we can't look past the Jets.

On getting special teams time helping his game:

For me I want to play in every situation. If you ask any guy they'll want to kill penalties and play on the power play and play even strength. It's part of the game and every guy in here wants to have his role increased.

2:45 PM: Coming off of a two goal performance, Senators forward Mike Hoffman had this to say about tonight's game against the Winnipeg Jets...

On keeping home momentum:

We want to build off of our last game. We've been playing well at home and we want to keep that going, make it tough for opponents to come in here and try to rack up as many points as we can here.

On what has caused the home success:

I think we're just sticking to the game plan, not getting frustrated and keeping things simple. Trying to get pucks out, get pucks in and get to their goalie as much as we can.

On his line:

We want to play fast and get in the other team's face, turn pucks over and work off of that. We've been playing well and we've just got to keep it going.

On building off a multi-goal game:

Any time you can put a few in the net it definitely feels good and gives you confidence going into the next game. We'll see how it goes here tonight.

On what he expects tonight:

Winnipeg looks like they've got a good lineup, it's going to be a good game. There haven't been too many blowouts in our season so far, it's always a one goal game. We can't make too many mistakes.

On the chemistry growing between the three of them:

I think so, every since the first game we've been playing well. We just want to keep that going. Mark is a good passer, he can find us and Curtis can skate up and down the ice very well. We help each other out and it's going well.

2:15 PM: Get the full rundown of tonight's game with the Pre-Game Report courtesy of Sens TV and Gord Wilson...

12:30 PM: Clarke MacArthur spoke with the media before tonight's game with the Jets. Here's what he had to say courtesy of Sens TV...

12:15 PM: Sens head coach Paul MacLean passed along his updates ahead of tonight's fixture with the Winnipeg Jets. Here's what he had to say...

On if there will be changes to the lineup:

Not at this point but there are a couple of gametime things we'll be looking at. Right now it appears we'll have the same group.

On giving Phillips another rest day:

He's out there today skating around. We're going to evaluate afterwards and see if it's better for him tonight or tomorrow to get back in the lineup but it's good that he's out there and moving around.

On deciding to play Anderson vs. Winnipeg:

We had discussions. That's how we did it.

On the growth in Stone:

Significant growth in Mark's game not only this year but in the summertime. It's his second or third year with our group and second year he had some dedicated training with Chris Schwarz and our strength and conditioning people. It made a significant difference in his fitness level which is level keeping him away from injury which is something he was plagued with earlier in his career. I think that dedication to the fitness part of it — he could always play, he always had good skill, always had a good stick, always had a good mind for the game but his fitness level has allowed him to elevate that game and play it consistently.

On Lazar's intangibles:

It's early in his career. Consistency was the thing we liked about Curtis and the fact that he has learned about this in order to get to that. I think that's his attitude. He gets the coach to trust him by playing well without the puck.

On the speed of the Stone-Lazar-Hoffman line:

Speed is good against anybody, not just against Winnipeg. They're a quick team, we believe we're a quick team. Speed is a big part of it and when you have it you want to make sure you keep using it.

On the Jets:

They're a real hard-working team playing with dedicated structure to an identity to be hard to play against would be the easiest way to describe it. They're having success with it and they're going to come out and play hard. We have to make sure we at least match that if we're going to have any kind of an opportunity.

10:30 AM: The morning skate is in full swing.

#Sens morning skate is in full swing at Canadian Tire Centre. Saturday night tilt vs the Jets tonight!

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10:00 AM: It's Canadian Forces Appreciation Night in Ottawa tonight as the Senators take on the Jets at Canadian Tire Centre. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.

The Sens are reminding fans to wear Red to tonight's game as a show of support for our troops.

The Senators come into this game riding a two game home winning streak with victories over the Detroit Red Wings and Minnesota Wild this week. The Sens defeated the Wild by a 3-0 score on a goal from Clarke MacArthur and a pair from Mike Hoffman. Craig Anderson earned his second shutout of the season with a 35 save performance. The win moves the Sens to 7-3-2 on the season.

The Jets come to Ottawa off of a 4-3 shootout loss at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night. Andrew Ladd, Jacob Trouba and Evander Kane scored the goals for Winnipeg while Ondrej Pavelec turned aside 22 shots in the loss. The Jets are 7-5-2 through 14 games.

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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