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Gameday Journal: Game 3 - Panthers vs. Senators

by Chris Lund / Ottawa Senators

4:15 PM: Here are tonight's projected lineups for the Senators and Panthers...

Ottawa Senators

Forwards

MacArthur - Turris - Stone

Ryan - Zibanejad - Chiasson

Michalek - Legwand - Neil

Greening - Smith - Condra

Defence

Phillips - Karlsson

Wiercioch - Ceci

Borowiecki - Gryba

Goaltenders

Anderson

Lehner

Scratches: Cowen, Hoffman, Lazar, Methot (IR)

Florida Panthers

Forwards

Huberdeau - Barkov - Jokinen

Bergenheim - Bjugstad - Upshall

Fleischmann - Bolland - Boyes

Kopecky - MacKenzie - Hayes

Defence

Campbell - Ekblad

Mitchell - Kulikov

Olsen - Gudbranson

Goaltenders

Luongo

Montoya

Scratches: Pirri, Robak, Thornton

3:15 PM: Gord Wilson brings you his Pre-Game Report from Sunrise, Florida. Take a look...

3:00 PM: Senators forward Colin Greening returns to the lineup tonight. Here's what he had to say ahead of his first game of the season...

On getting back in the lineup:

Obviously I've been raring to get going, I'm happy to finally get back in the lineup and there's no better place than Florida.

On the attitude ahead of getting back in:

It's a positive mindset, it's part of the business and you certainly had to expect it at times. The one thing you can control is how you prepare day in and day out and that's all I've been focusing on since the start of the regular season.

On what he'll bring to the lineup:

I'll try to bring physicality, puck protection and a good defensive side and essentially just play the role they want me to. We've had these discussions before and I feel I can play a number of different roles. I'll play the role they want me to play.

On playing with Smith and Condra:

Myself and Zack Smith and Erik Condra, we've played together for a number of years and we're accustomed to one another. Smitty has great speed and puck control and Condra is just such a smart player that it's easy to feed off those guys. If that's the line we go with I'm excited to be with them.

2:00 PM: Sens head coach Paul MacLean passed along his updates after today's morning skate in Sunrise. Here's what he had to say...

On changes to the lineup:

Craig Anderson will be the goalie. Wiercioch is going to go in for Cowen. Hoffman and Lazar will come out and we'll put Colin Greening and Erik Condra in. For the most part it's to get them into the third game of the year. We felt that before we went home we needed to get everyone into games.

On Lazar and Hoffman being scratched:

I don't think any lineup decisions are easy but for them, and Curtis in particular, it's an opportunity for him to take a breath and relax a little bit. He has gone through a lot through summer and the training camp. It's an opportunity to get himself relaxed a little bit. Hoffman, it's just a matter of getting Greening and Condra into games. The same with Jared, to make our evaluations, Chris Phillips and Mark Borowiecki have been a touch better and to get Patrick in on the left side someone had to come out.

On Cowen:

It's not just because of his play that we take him out of the lineup, it has more to do with getting Patrick into the lineup and using the depth of our team. Jared has made his share of mistakes on the ice but then a lot of other guys have too. When we evaluated to put someone in on the left side, Phillips and Borowiecki have been a touch better.

On when Cowen is most effective:

When he's physical and he finds the first pass and makes it, much like all of them.

On what he's looking for after Saturday:

Well we'd certainly like to start it the way we finished it. Getting off to a good start is good, we're still trying to build momentum in our season and making sure we're ready for the game and the start of the game, we want to come out and try to dictate the way the game is played.

On Lazar's play:

Curtis has been a very consistent player and we like a lot of the things he does and how he plays the game. We're taking him out to basically let him have a deep breath. We're fine with how he has played. Erik Condra has been a pretty good player for us too. We have two veteran guys we're putting in the lineup for two guys who are young. It's the last game of the road trip and we just feel it's really important — these guys have been important players for us in the past and we feel it's important to get them started.

On Gerard Gallant:

It's always good for one of us Maritimers, we're trying to form a little club, I guess. Gerard has always been a hard working guy and deserved another opportunity and we're pleased for him... It's always good memories with Gerard.

11:30 AM: The Sens are on the ice at BB&T Center.

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The #Sens are on the ice for today's morning skate. #GoSensGo

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10:00 AM: The Ottawa Senators return to action tonight at the BB&T Center in Florida where they'll take on the Panthers. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m.

The Senators earned their first win of the season on Saturday night when they defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning by a 3-2 score. Goals from Erik Karlsson and Mark Stone provided the offence for the Senators while Robin Lehner made 38 stops in the win. Kyle Turris and Mika Zibanejad notched tallies for the Sens win the shootout.

The Panthers are still looking for their first win of the season. On Saturday night the Panthers dropped a 5-1 decision to the New Jersey Devils in their home opener. Derek MacKenzie scored the lone goal for Florida while both Roberto Luongo and Al Montoya played in goal in the loss.

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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