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Gameday Journal: Game 28 - Kings vs. Senators

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

6:45 PM: Nobody likes 'cutesie' Harv...

6:30 PM: Here's some crucial information ahead of tonight's game against the Kings...

Jersey: Heritage Black

Television: TSN5, RDS

Radio: TSN 1200, Unique FM 94,5

Referees: Kevin Pollock, Steve Kozar

Linesmen: Derek Nansen, Pierre Racicot

4:30 PM: It's another Throwback Thursday game tonight as well which means the Sens will be sporting their heritage jerseys (dress accordingly) and you can grab $1 hot dog or $1 small pop before 7 P.M. (limit 2 per person)

4:00 PM: And from here are tonight's projected lineups for the Sens and Kings...


Colin Greening - Kyle TurrisErik Condra

Mike HoffmanMika Zibanejad- Bobby Ryan

Mark StoneCurtis LazarAlex Chiasson

David Legwand - Zack SmithChris Neil

Chris Phillips - Erik Karlsson

Jared Cowen - Cody Ceci

Mark Borowiecki - Eric Gryba

Craig Anderson

Robin Lehner

Scratched: Patrick Wiercioch

Injured: Clarke MacArthur (sick), Milan Michalek (upper body), Marc Methot (back/hip)


Marian Gaborik – Anze Kopitar – Justin Williams

Tanner Pearson – Jeff Carter – Tyler Toffoli

Dustin Brown – Jarret Stoll – Trevor Lewis

Kyle Clifford – Mike Richards – Dwight King

Jake Muzzin – Drew Doughty

Robyn Regehr – Alec Martinez

Brayden McNabb – Matt Greene

Jonathan Quick

Martin Jones

Scratched: Jamie McBain, Jordan Nolan, Slava Voynov

Injured: None

3:30 PM: Get the full rundown on tonight's game with the Pre-Game Report courtesy of Sens TV and Gord Wilson.

1:30 PM: Senators centre Mika Zibanejad caught up with Sens TV after today's morning skate. Take a look...

1:15 PM: Senators head coach Dave Cameron passed along his updates after today's morning skate. Here's what he had to say...

On if he's anxious before his first game as head coach:

Yes. Anxious. Emotional. Excited. We had more meetings in the past few days than the United Nations. So I'm excited to cut back on that.

On his road to becoming an NHL head coach:

When you get into this it's no different than a player starting in the minor leagues. You aspire to get into the National Hockey League. There's only 30 of these jobs available and a lot of good coaches out there that aren't in the National Hockey League and never make it to the National Hockey League so you have to get some things lined up and much like winning a championship: some things need to fall in place. It's been awhile but I never put a time frame on it.

What he remembers about his last game as a head coach:

I lost it.

On the response he's looking for from his team tonight:

Effort. Work ethic. You can't win in the best league in the world if you don't have a work ethic. Throw the systems out the window, throw the x's and o's out the window, throw everything out the window if you don't have effort.

On Clarke MacArthur's absence from the morning skate:

Clarke left yesterday sick and he wasn't able to skate this morning. He's going to come in but he's going to be a game-time decision. I can't imagine him going from sick to not skating this morning to playing tonight so I'll say game-time decision.

On Methot's injury:

He's day-to-day. Full practice yesterday. I came today figuring he got through practice yesterday but he's banged up a little bit so not be able to go tonight.

12:00 PM: We caught up with Senators forward Mike Hoffman ahead of tonight's game with the Kings. Here's what he had to say...

On building chemistry with Zibanejad and Ryan:

Since the first game we got to play together, we were getting some opportunities but it just seemed like we weren't able to put the puck in the back of the net. We'd talk to each other after the game about the chances being there and about being patient. It's about getting used to playing with each other and then the opportunities will come down the road. It's been going well and obviously I enjoy playing with those two guys.

On playing the defending Stanley Cup Champions:

It's something you can use to help elavate your game. A lot of those guys have gone all the way and won a championship in this league so they know what it takes to win. It'll be a good test for us tonight.

On Dave Cameron's first game as head coach:

Anytime a team has a new head coach the players are always going to try and make the best impression of themselves and show the coaches what they can do. Even though Dave was an assistant coach here since the start of the season and has watched us play, now he's the head coach and he's the one that will be making the calls. I think everyone here wants to go out and do the best we can in his debut.

10:30 AM: The Sens are on the ice for their morning skate...

Team huddle before #Sens morning skate gets going here at Canadian Tire Centre.

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9:45 AM: The Sens Gameday Journal is officialy back as the Ottawa Senators welcome the defending Stanley Cup Champions to Canadian Tire Centre tonight in what will be their first of two meetings with the Los Angeles Kings this season. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m.

New bench boss Dave Cameron is set to make his debut as head coach after replacing Paul MacLean earlier this week. Cameron has been an assistant with the Senators since 2011.

The Sens are coming off a huge 4-3 overtime comeback win versus the Vancouver Canucks this past Sunday. Mika Zibanejad set career-highs in goals (2) and points (4) in that game to help Ottawa battle back from a 3-0 deficit early in the second period. The Sens also registered a season-high 45 shots on goals in the victory.

Los Angeles comes to Ottawa after a 1-0 road loss to the Buffalo Sabres this past Tuesday. Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth turned aside 34 shots to outduel the King's Jonathan Quick and earn his first shutout of the season. The Kings currently sit 9th in the Western Conference with a record of 14-9-5 (5-4-1 in their last 10 games).

The Sens will have their morning skate at 10:15 so we'll have plenty of updates regarding lineup changes, players' thoughts, Sens TV videos, Instagram goodness and more.

Stay tuned!

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