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Gameday Journal: Game 31 - Devils vs. Senators

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

6:30 PM: Spooky...


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

Jersey: Road White

Television: Sportsnet, TVA

Radio: TSN 1200, Unique FM 94,5


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

SENATORS

Clarke MacArthur - Kyle Turris - Mark Stone

Mike Hoffman - Mika Zibanejad - Bobby Ryan

David Legwand - Jean-Gabriel Pageau - Milan Michalek

Erik Condra - Curtis Lazar - Alex Chiasson

Mark Borowiecki - Erik Karlsson

Jared Cowen - Cody Ceci

Chris Phillips - Eric Gryba

Craig Anderson

Robin Lehner

Scratched: Colin Greening

Injured: Zack Smith (wrist), Marc Methot (back), Chris Neil (lower body), Patrick Wiercioch (undisclosed)



DEVILS

Scott Gomez - Adam Henrique - Jaromir Jagr

Patrik Elias - Travis Zajac - Martin Havlat

Tuomo Ruutu - Stephen Gionta - Michael Ryder

Jordin Tootoo - Jacob Josefson - Steve Bernier

Andy Greene - Damon Severson

Jon Merrill - Marek Zidlicky

Eric Gelinas - Peter Harrold

Cory Schneider

Keith Kinkaid

Scratched: Seth Helgeson

Injured: Mike Cammalleri (lower body), Ryane Clowe (head), Adam Larsson (mumps), Bryce Salvador (lower body), Dainius Zubrus (leg)


3:00 PM: Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Chris Phillips both spoke with the media after today's optional morning skate. Here's what they had to say...

Pageau on easing his way into the lineup:

To be back today is a great chance for me. I had the chance to have a couple days and practice with the team and the new coach. It's a little different system so a couple of extra days with the team helped me a lot.

The attitude in Binghamton regarding call-ups:

I'm sure a lot of players deserve it down there. We're all good friends so I'm sure they were happy for me. But they probably know that their turn is going to come too if they work hard everyday with Luke.

On continuing to play his game for the Sens:

I think that's what they want me to do. Don't change my style that I was playing in Binghamton. I think they want me to play the same way: play hard, bring some energy on the ice and I'm ready to do this.

Phillips on returning to the lineup:

It's tough not to be in there. That's in our blood to want to be out there, compete and try to make a difference. I'm happy to get the call tonight.

On talking with the coach about his game:

I talked to him a little bit. They know what they're going to get from me. The words communicated to me were that they wanted to get some of the other guys some ice-time as well. So I know what I have to do to be on my game and I obviously want to do that every night. Some nights mistakes are going to happen but if I can limit those and give myself a better chance of keeping myself in the lineup.

On his assessment of his play:

I'm not a guy that is a 'numbers guy'. That's not my role. It's trying to be steady and reliable defensively. For the most part I think it's been OK but any time I'm on the ice and you get scored on you feel like you made a mistake somewhere. I'm not a guy that gets mad too much but that's one thing that really gets me...being on the ice when we're scored against. That's what my role is: to go work hard, do the right things and help the other five guys I'm back there with.


12:30 PM: Senators goaltender Craig Anderson caught up with Sens TV after today's morning skate. Take a look...

On the team's performance under Dave Cameron:

I see us improving in areas where we're giving ourselves an opportunity to win games. I think since Dave's taken over we've given ourselves an opportunity to be there at the end of the game on all three occasions now.

On the team reducing on-ice mistakes:

Momentum is going to swing, that's just part of the game. Good teams are able to manage it, recognize it and change momentum right away. It's a learning curve and a learning process where we need to figure out and recognize when we're playing poorly and what we need to do to change it or alter the momentum. I think we've addressed some of those and hopefully we're able to apply them.

The team not being able to string together wins so far:

I wish there was a magic potion that we could take and kind of figure these things out but we've got to focus on the process, worry about our work ethic and the way we play. If we take care of those things the end result usually ends up in your favour. For us, the magic potion is focusing on what we can control and that's how we play.


12:00 PM: Get the full rundown on tonight's game with the Pre-Game Report courtesy of Sens TV and Gord Wilson.


10:00 AM: The Ottawa Senators return to action tonight when they hit the ice in New Jersey against the Devils at Prudential Center. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.

The Sens are coming off of a 5-4 shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Monday night. Goals from Bobby Ryan, Mark Stone, Curtis Lazar and Alex Chiasson provided the offence for the Sens while Robin Lehner made 29 stops in the loss. The Sens head into tonight's game with a record of 12-12-6 and sit 11th in the Eastern Conference.

The Devils enter tonight's game with a record of 11-15-6 and are coming off of a shootout loss of their own this past Monday night as they fell to the Islanders 3-2 in the skills competition. Marek Zidlicky and Scott Gomez notched first period goals while Keith Kinkaid made 31 saves in the defeat.

This is the second meeting between these teams this season with the Devils earning a 3-2 overtime victory over the Sens in Ottawa on October 25th. Jaromir Jagr tallied the game winning goal in the extra frame for New Jersey. You can watch the highlights from that game here:

Some line-up notes for tonight:

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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