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Gameday Journal: Game 14 - Maple Leafs vs. Senators

by Chris Lund / Ottawa Senators

4:45 PM: Here's some crucial information ahead of tonight's game against the Maple Leafs...

Jersey: Home Red

Television: City, NHL Network (USA), TVA

Radio: TSN 1200, Unique FM 94,5

Referees: Francois St-Laurent, Jean Hebert

Linesmen: Brad Lazarowich, Mark Shewchyk

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

Ottawa Senators

Forwards

MacArthur - Turris - Ryan

Michalek - Zibanejad - Greening

Smith - Legwand - Neil

Hoffman - Lazar - Stone

Defence

Phillips - Karlsson

Cowen - Ceci

Borowiecki - Gryba

Goaltenders

Lehner

Anderson

Scratches: Chiasson, Condra, Wiercioch

Toronto Maple Leafs

Forwards

van Riemsdyk - Bozak - Kessel

Panik - Kadri - Clarkson

Komarov - Holland - Santorelli

Frattin - Carrick - Leivo

Defence

Phaneuf - Franson

Rielly - Polak

Gardiner - Robidas

Goaltenders

Reimer

Bernier

Scratches: Percy, Smith, Winnik

4:00 PM: Senators head coach Paul MacLean offered his pre-game updates on Sunday. Here's what he had to say...

On the lineup:

Bobby Ryan is going to be back in, Chris Phillips is back in, Robin Lehner is the goalie. Chiasson will stay out with Condra and Wiercioch.

On Chiasson:

He still has that bobo that's bothering him so we're trying to find a comfort level for him.

On Greening:

I thought he had a solid game and played the way we need him to play. He added physical play, he was strong on the boards, he had a solid effort for us and we hope to see it again tonight.

On Toronto:

They're playing very well. Reimer always plays well against us, that Kessel and van Riemsdyk group always seems to play well against us so those are things we have to make sure we're paying attention to tonight and try to make it difficult for them and Reimer to get comfortable. They're a tough opponent.

On confidence in Cowen:

I think we've always had confidence in his game, he just had to find confidence in his game again. The work he has put in when he was out of the lineup is really starting to show in his game and we really like what we see.

On today's ceremony at the War Memorial:

It was very well done by Veteran Affairs and both teams under circumstances leading up to the tragedy that was there but also with Remembrance Day, I thought it was a good event for both teams to show some respect for people that do an awful lot for us but don't get a lot of credit... I think it was done between both teams at the ownership and management level... Those things are very solemn affairs and I thought it was very respectfully done with the Last Post and Bagpipe Lament. It was deep... Both captains laid wreaths and I thought it was very good, especially for our young team. I'm not sure if they've ever been involved in something like that to show respect for what someone has given them. It was good.

On events involving rivals mid-season:

It's not very often, usually there are circumstances that go with that, much like this was. It doesn't happen very often.

On Ryan's play to this point:

Bobby has been fine, he has been in on a lot of the offensive plays that we've had and he's an important player on our team. We think he's got more — his production is important to our group, we need him in our lineup and we need him shooting pucks... It's an ongoing debate whether he should pass or shoot and it's not just him either. The coach really thinks he should shoot the puck and we harp on that a lot.

On Ceci flying under the radar:

We'd like to keep it that way so he just keeps going along. He has been very consistent. He came into training camp and wanted to prove he belongs in the League and he has done nothing but do that. He has probably been our most consistent defenceman shift to shift and game to game. We just want to keep it that way.

3:30 PM: Get set for tonight's game with the Sens TV Pre-Game Report with Gord Wilson...

1:00 PM: Eric Gryba was the special guest on last night's episode of All Access presented by Bell. Here's what he had to say...

11:00 AM: Check out some of the footage of last night's Canadian Forces Appreciation Night courtesy of Sens TV...

10:00 AM: The Ottawa Senators complete the second leg of a back-to-back tonight when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs. Puck drop is set for 6 p.m. at Canadian Tire Centre.

The Senators are coming off of a 2-1 shootout loss to the Winnipeg Jets last night. Chris Neil scored the lone Sens goal while Craig Anderson made 36 saves in the loss. The Senators have a record of 7-3-3.

The Maple Leafs come to Ottawa after defeating the New York Rangers by a 5-4 score last night. Goals from Phil Kessel, Peter Holland, Richard Panik, Roman Polak and Leo Komarov provided the offence for Toronto while Jonathan Bernier made 31 stops in the win. The Maple Leafs have a record of 7-5-2.

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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