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Gameday Journal: Game 16 — Oilers vs. Senators

by Chris Lund / Ottawa Senators

5:15 PM: Here are tonight's projected lineups for the Senators and Oilers...

Ottawa Senators

Forwards

MacArthur - Turris - Ryan

Michalek - Zibanejad - Chiasson

Smith - Legwand - Neil

Hoffman - Lazar - Stone

Defence

Phillips - Karlsson

Cowen - Ceci

Borowiecki - Gryba

Goaltenders

Anderson

Lehner

Scratches: Condra, Greening, Wiercioch

Edmonton Oilers

Forwards

Pouliot - Nugent-Hopkins - Eberle

Perron - Arcobello - Yakupov

Pakarinen - Draisatl - Purcell

Hendricks - Gordon - Joensuu

Defence

Nikitin - Fayne

Ference - Petry

Aulie - Schultz

Goaltenders

Scrivens

Fasth

Scratches: Gazdic, Klefbom, Marincin

5:00 PM: Get the full rundown on tonight's game with the Pre-Game Report...

4:45 PM: Senators forward Zack Smith caught up with the media after today's skate. Check out what he had to say on Sens TV...

4:30 PM: Senators head coach Paul MacLean passed along his updates ahead of the team's game against the Oilers on Thursday. Here's what he had to say...

On the lineup:

We'll go with the same group that played in Vancouver, Andy will be in the net and we're looking forward to a fast paced game tonight.

On improving from Tuesday:

I think if we can get the lead it would change the game a bit, we haven't played with the lead very often so that changes the dynamics of the game, especially on the road. For the most part we just have to continue to work at our game, play better defensively and work at becoming a better forechecking team so we can play more in the offensive zone.

On Lazar's responsible play:

As we've said about Curtis, he has figured out the difference between this and that. If he gives the coach this he might have an opportunity to do that. He gets to get on the ice because he does this.

On MacArthur's start:

Clarke is a very good player, he's an important player on our team. Last year at this time we were talking about him and he couldn't put it in the ocean standing on the pier, Clarke is a good pro, he's a good player and he's an important player on our team. We expect him to do things for us. We're not surprised by what he has done to this point.

On the Oilers:

You have to pay attention to everything about it, the biggest thing about Edmonton is our record against them isn't very good. I guess we're an eastern team but last year they gave us everything we could handle and beaten us. We have tons of respect for how they can play the game and how fast they can play and we know we have a difficult opponent for us here tonight. We have to make sure we're prepared to work and skate with them.

On Lazar's success as a teenager:

There have been 18 year olds to come into this League and have way more success than Curtis Lazar is having right now. He's just another in a line that has the ability to play and he's playing well.

On Cowen's game:

Everyone in our group is striving to get better but it's a vast improvement over what it was earlier in the year. Right now, like for every player, it's about consistency and doing things right every day. That's the challenge, that's what we're seeing in his game.

On Ryan's offence:

What's wrong with Bobby Ryan? There's nothing wrong with Bobby Ryan. He's third on our team in shots, maybe it's just not going in right now. There's nothing wrong with Bobby. He's got lots of ice time, I think he's fine.

2:00 PM: The Sens are at Rexall Place for today's morning skate...

Another cold one in Edmonton! Time to warm up with a morning skate.

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10:00 AM: The Ottawa Senators will look to get back in the win column tonight when they take on the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place. Puck drop is set for 9:30 p.m. (ET).

The Senators come into tonight's game off of a 4-3 overtime loss to the Vancouver Canucks. Goals from Mike Hoffman, Kyle Turris and Mark Stone provided the offence for the Sens while Craig Anderson stopped 33 shots to earn a point. The Senators are 7-4-4 through 15 games this season.

The Oilers are coming off of a 3-2 loss to the Nashville Predators. Edmonton got goals from Benoit Pouliot and Nail Yakupov while Viktor Fasth and Ben Scrivens combined to make 32 saves in the loss. Fasth took the loss after being pulled in the first period while Scrivens was named the game's third star. The Oilers are 6-9-1 this season.

The Sens will have their morning skate today 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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