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Gameday Journal: Game 15 - Canucks vs. Senators

by Chris Lund / Ottawa Senators

8:00 PM:Here's some crucial information ahead of tonight's game against the Canucks...

Jersey: Road White

Television: TSN 5, RDS

Radio: TSN 1200, Unique FM 94,5

Referees: Wes McCauley, Dean Morton

Linesmen: Lonnie Cameron, Mark Wheler

7:00 PM: Here are tonight's projected lineups for the Senators and Canucks...

Ottawa Senators

Forwards

MacArthur - Turris - Chiasson

Michalek - Zibanejad - Ryan

Smith - Legwand - Neil

Hoffman - Lazar - Stone

Defence

Borowiecki - Karlsson

Cowen - Ceci

Phillips - Gryba

Goaltenders

Anderson

Lehner

Scratches: Condra, Greening, Wiercioch

Vancouver Canucks

Forwards

D. Sedin - H. Sedin - Hansen

Higgins - Bonino - Burrows

Matthias - Richardson - Jensen

DeFazio - Horvat - Vey

Defence

Edler - Tanev

Stanton - Bieksa

Hamhuis - Weber

Goaltenders

Miller

Lack

Scratches: Corrado, Dorsett, Sbisa, Vrbata

6:30 PM: Get caught up on the news of the day with the Pre-Game Report from Vancouver courtesy of Sens TV and Gord Wilson.

5:00 PM: Curtis Lazar spoke to the media after today's skate about returning to his home province to take on his childhood team. Here's what he had to say...

On family at the game:

My parents are coming and I think I've got about 15 relatives coming in so I think it'll be really special. Their support over the years really helped me get to this point.

On the adjustments to the NHL:

The tempo, the game out there is fast, it's intense, guys play to win and the rigors of being a pro on a day-to-day basis is an adjustment. The guys in the dressing room have been outstanding helping me get to this level.

4:30 PM: Senators head coach Paul MacLean offered his updates ahead of tonight's game with the Canucks. Here's what he had to say...

On the lineup:

Chiasson will go back in the lineup so we'll have Greening and Condra out and Wiercioch will be out on the back-end. Anderson will be the goalie.

On difficult decisions:

They always are and it's always hard to do, we're just trying to play our best team and win some games.

On Vancouver:

They've had a very good start, any time you win 10 games in this League it's good. The Sedins are playing well, the Bonino kid they got in the Kesler trade is playing well for them, Higgins has always been a good player for them, Edler and Bieksa on the back end have been good. Miller, my understanding even though he's been pulled out of the one game, has given them good goaltending. They're playing a great team game. They're going to be a real good test for us and we're looking forward to it.

On the kid line:

The combination of energy is the big thing for them, they all have speed and pretty good minds to process the game and an opportunity. They bring us a lot of energy when we play them together and we're going to need some of that on the road.

On the shots they've allowed:

We don't want to be giving up an average of 35. We saw against the Leafs that any shot on goal can be dangerous so we want to limit them as much as we can and, to that end, a better forechecking team so we don't play as much in our own end.

On Methot:

He went for a bit of a skate with us today just to give him a little energy. He hasn't been with the group so today with the pre-game skate we were able to give him an hour with the players and a little shot of energy. There's no anticipation that he'll play before the end of the month... It's a good sign to have him out there. That's what we want to do is give him some energy because you're skating by yourself a lot, it's no fun.

On Lazar playing his childhood team:

He should sharpen his skates and not wear new gloves so he'll be a bit more comfortable.

2:45 PM: The Sens are on the ice for today's morning skate...

Marc Methot leads the stretch today during morning skate at Rogers Arena.

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1:45 PM: Senators goaltender Craig Anderson was named the NHL's Second Star of the Week yesterday. Here's what he had to say about the honour...

On the selection:

The accolades come with great team play and what you accomplish as a group, learning how to win by giving up less chances, playing a solid defensive game. It's just one of those things where we reap the benefits from the great play of my teammates.

On the stretch of three games being the best three team games of the year:

I would say absolutely so far. We would like to repeat that and have good stretches. We are human, we do make mistakes and there are going to be games where we're not at our best. If we can limit the amount of times that happens and maximize the efforts we had last week where we were winning those games we're going to like where we're at.

9:00 AM: The Ottawa Senators begin a road swing across western Canada tonight when they take on the Vancouver Canucks. Puck drop is set for 10:00 p.m. eastern time.

The Senators are coming off of a tough 5-3 loss at home to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Sens got goals from Mike Hoffman, Kyle Turris and Mark Stone, but ultimately couldn't overcome Toronto. Robin Lehner made 25 saves as the Senators record moved to 7-4-3.

The Canucks get set to host the Sens after a 2-1 shootout win over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday. Alex Burrows scored the team's only goal in regulation while Nick Bonino added the only shootout marker and Eddie Lack stopped 28 shots. The Canucks have a record of 11-5-0 and sit second in the Pacific division.

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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