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Gameday Journal: Game 2 - Lightning vs. Senators

by Chris Lund / Ottawa Senators

3:30 PM: Here are tonight's projected lineups for the Senators and Lightning...

Ottawa Senators

Forwards

MacArthur - Turris - Ryan

Michalek - Zibanejad - Chiasson

Smith - Legwand - Stone

Hoffman - Lazar - Neil

Defence

Cowen - Karlsson

Phillips - Ceci

Borowiecki - Gryba

Goaltenders

Lehner

Anderson

Scratches: Condra, Greening, Methot (IR), Wiercioch

Tampa Bay Lightning

Forwards

Palat - Stamkos - Callahan

Killorn - Filppula - Johnson

Brown - Namestnikov - Kucharov

Morrow - Boyle - Connolly

Defence

Hedman - Stralman

Garrison - Gudas

Carle - Sustr

Goaltenders

Bishop

Nabokov

Scratches: Barberio, Brewer, Drouin (IR), Ohlund

2:45 PM: Gord Wilson brings you his pre-game report ahead of tonight's clash with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Take a look...

2:10 PM: Senators forward Zack Smith caught up with Sens TV ahead of tonight's game in Tampa Bay. Take a look...

1:30 PM: Here's what Sens head coach Paul MacLean had to say ahead of tonight's game in Tampa Bay...

On changes to the lineup:

Right now we're going to go with the same lineup except Robin is in the net. We'll look to have a good start and go from there.

On what they need to do for more offence:

I think we need to have the puck more, faceoffs were a bit of an issue for part of the game in Nashville. Even though on the road it's difficult, winning faceoffs is always a key to having possession of the puck and generating offence. We're going to see if we can bear down in the faceoff circle tonight and do a better job of starting with the puck.

On Smith's transition from centre to wing:

It's learning the game is a bit different as a winger than as a centreman. Usually you're a little bit busier and you get to skate a bit more. A lot of the times being patient enough to be a winger can be the hardest thing to learn. We feel he's making progress doing it, we didn't mind his game in Nashville and we're going to keep him there. Once he can learn it we can move him back and forth.

On the message to guys who are sitting:

Based on training camp the best guys are playing and that's what we're going with is the best team. We evaluate in the game in Nashville, we evaluate our opponent tonight and decide who's going to give us the best chance to win.

On being patient with Methot:

It's still patience, I think for all the guys we're talking about it's patience, for myself, for the group, patience is an important part of our vocabulary this year. We have to make sure we are making decisions based on what's best for the team... Right now there's no timetable for him (Methot) to skate until he doesn't have any issues. I think it has been evaluated and re-evaluated already, while we're gone the doctors see him regularly to figure out what, if anything, more needs to be done or what has to be done. He's doing rehab so whatever the therapists tell him to do, that's what he's supposed to do but nothing more than that.

On Bishop's time in Ottawa:

That's all he needed was an opportunity. Too tall was a good goalie when we got him and it was an opportunity when we had the injury that we went and got him. The only thing for us is the value when we traded him wasn't as good as the value it is right now. He has worked hard for the opportunity when he was in St. Louis and came to play for us, he did a great job and as much as we hate to say it he has turned out. We knew he was a good goalie so we're not surprised he has had success.

On Hedman vs Karlsson:

Victor, the size is different but he has offensive ability as well. I think they play a different type of game. He's a handful for us and we have to know when he's out there.

11:30 AM: The morning skate is underway in Tampa.

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#Sens morning skate is underway in Tampa Bay.

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Some of the guys are scouting tonight's opposition in Tampa Bay. #Sens

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11:00 AM: The Ottawa Senators return to action tonight when they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.

The Sens fell by a 3-2 score in Nashville during their season opener on Thursday night. Goals from Kyle Turris and Alex Chiasson provided the offence of the Sens while Crag Anderson made 34 saves in the loss.

The Lightning beat the Florida Panthers by a 3-2 score in overtime on Thursday night to begin their 2014-15 season with a win. Victor Hedman netted the OT winner for the Lightning who got goals from Tyler Johnson and Ryan Callahan as well.

The Sens will hit the ice for 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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