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Gameday Journal: Game 17 - Flames vs. Senators

by Chris Lund / Ottawa Senators

6:00 PM:Here's some crucial information ahead of tonight's game against the Flames...

Jersey: Road White

Television: CBC, TVA 2

Radio: TSN 1200, Unique FM 94,5

Referees: Marc Joannette, Dean Morton

Linesmen: Michel Cormier, Don Henderson

5:30 PM: Here are tonight's projected lineups for the Senators and Flames...

Ottawa Senators

Forwards

MacArthur - Turris - Chiasson

Michalek - Zibanejad - Ryan

Smith - Legwand - Neil

Hoffman - Lazar - Stone

Defence

Phillips - Karlsson

Cowen - Ceci

Borowiecki - Gryba

Goaltenders

Anderson

Lehner

Scratches: Condra, Greening, Wiercioch

Calgary Flames

Forwards

Glencross - Monahan - Jones

Gaudreau - Granlund - Hudler

Baertschi - Jooris - Byron

Bouma - Reinhart - Bollig

Defence

Giordano - Brodie

Russell - Wideman

Smid - Engelland

Goaltenders

Ramo

Hiller

Scratches: Diaz, McGrattan, Setoguchi

4:45 PM: Here's your Pre-Game Report from Calgary with Gord Wilson and Sens TV.

3:45 PM: Senators forward David Legwand spoke to the media after today's skate. Here's what he had to say courtesy of Sens TV...

3:30 PM: Senators head coach Paul MacLean passed along his updates after today's morning skate. Here' what he had to say...

On the lineup:

We're going to go with the same group we had in Edmonton the other night against a very energetic team that's playing very well in the Flames. We have to be ready to trade some paint.

On similarities between the Sens and Flames:

We just try to worry about our own group and what we need. They play hard, they play a game that's physical, you have to be ready to play against them, you have to be ready to skate. Those are things we like.

On Hoffman:

He uses his speed, only offensively but defensively to turn over pucks and create gaps for himself by backchecking. When he gets that gap he takes advantage of it with his speed and he shoots the puck, he's got a heavy shot that's finding its way into the net... We would prefer to say he's getting more confident in the League and learning the League. If you get comfortable in the League you're probably going to be out of the League pretty quickly. Being confident in the League is a big difference, I think that's what's going on with Mike. It's been three or four years that he has been working at his game even though he might not admit it, he has been working at his game. He's been in the American League, he's been working on his game, he was one of the best players in the American League last year. It takes some guys some time to figure it out and he has figured out this and that.

On Anderson:

Craig has played very consistent in goal for us and gives us a chance to win. It's that easy.

On giving young players room for mistakes:

This and that is important, I think we're getting a better understanding of that in group and not just the young guys. The one advantage when you're a young player, having the young label on you gives you a chance with the coaching staff to put you back on the ice. You've made it, here's your mistake, we'll put you back on the ice. When the young label leaves you and you're just a player, now you have to play. That takes games, for every player it's a bit different, but when you're into your third year the young label starts to come off.

1:30 PM: The Sens are getting set for their morning skate...

Waiting is the hardest part. #Sens morning skate at Scotiabank Saddledome starts any minute now.

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11:00 AM: The Ottawa Senators return to action tonight when they take on the Calgary Flames. Puck drop is set for 10 p.m.

The Senators are coming off of a 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night. Mike Hoffman scored a pair of goals including the OT winner, while the Sens also got goals from Alex Chiasson and Milan Michalek. Craig Anderson stopped 34 shots to earn the win. The Sens are 8-4-4.

The Flames defeated the Arizona Coyotes by a 5-3 score on Thursday night. Paul Byron scored a pair of goals while Sean Monahan, Mark Giordano and David Jones chipped in with the others. Jonas Hiller stopped 19 shots in the win. The Flames are 10-6-2 through 18 games.

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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