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Gameday Journal: Game 32 - Ducks vs. Senators

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

6:30 PM: Christmas Harv...


4:30 PM: Here's some crucial information ahead of tonight's game against the Ducks...

Jersey: Home Red

Television: TSN5, RDS

Radio: TSN 1200, Unique FM 94,5


3:00 PM: And from NHL.com, here are the projected lineups for tonight...

SENATORS

Clarke MacArthur - Kyle Turris - Mark Stone

Mike Hoffman - Mika Zibanejad - Bobby Ryan

Erik Condra - Jean-Gabriel Pageau - Alex Chiasson

Milan Michalek - David Legwand - Colin Greening

Chris Phillips - Erik Karlsson

Jared Cowen - Cody Ceci

Mark Borowiecki - Eric Gryba

Craig Anderson

Robin Lehner

Scratched: Patrick Wiercioch

Injured: Zack Smith (wrist), Chris Neil (knee), Marc Methot (back/hip)

DUCKS

Rene Bourque - Ryan Getzlaf - Devante Smith-Pelly

Matt Beleskey - Ryan Kesler - Emerson Etem

Andrew Cogliano - Rickard Rakell - Jakob Silfverberg

Patrick Maroon - Nate Thompson - Tim Jackman

Cam Fowler - Ben Lovejoy

Clayton Stoner - Sami Vatanen

Colby Robak - Hampus Lindholm

Ilya Bryzgalov

Frederik Andersen

Scratched: Mark Fistric, Dany Heatley

Injured: Sheldon Souray (wrist), Francois Beauchemin (finger), Eric Brewer (foot), Corey Perry (knee), Kyle Palmieri (shoulder)


1:45 PM: Get the full rundown of tonight's game with the Pre-Game Report courtesy of Sens TV and Gord Wilson...


1:00 PM: Sens head coach Dave Cameron passed along his updates ahead of tonight's fixture with the Anaheim Ducks. Here's what he had to say...

On if the lineup will change tonight:

No. With Curtis gone, Pageau is going to move up and Colin Greening is back in. When I say no changes to the lineup, we're using everybody that's healthy.

On Smith's injury:

He's long-term. A couple of months.

On Neil's status:

I saw Neiler doing an exercise this morning and he was squatting and I said: "Does that not hurt?". He said: "No...I'm ready to go." But he's not. He's progressing well. I think the initial thing for him was 4-6 weeks and I think he's still in that range.

On Methot's lingering injury issues:

It's aggravated again. I have no time-frame on him. I really don't.

On his decision not to have a morning skate yesterday:

That's something we debate all the time. Building rest in. You always, as a coach, have a theory when you want to skate and that but you also have to listen to what your players are telling you.


12:45 PM: Bobby Ryan spoke with the media before tonight's game against his former team. Here's what he had to say courtesy of Sens TV...


12:15 PM: We caught up with Sens winger Erik Condra who updated us on the injury he sustained to his ear versus the Devils. Here's what he had to say...

How he was injured:

Chiasson turned and fired it on goal. I saw the puck coming at my face and I just turned then went down hard.

On his reaction to being hit in the ear with a puck:

Once I got off the ice, I knew I wasn't concussed or anything. Just a few stitches. It was ringing a little bit but once I calmed down and got stitched up, I knew it wasn't that bad.

On how many stitches it took:

Sixteen. They said there was a little hole in there.

On wanting to return to the game:

Once I got in the lockerroom and settled down a little bit, I knew I was OK. There was a cardiologist back there and he was kind of just watching and I asked him "What time is on the clock?" and he said "Why?"..."Because I'm coming back." and he said "What?!?". He was shocked.

On speaking with Chiasson after the injury:

He felt bad. I would've felt bad if I did it to him. He might have to take me out to dinner now though.


11:30 AM: The team took to the ice at Canadian Tire Centre for their morning skate. Here's a glimpse...

Special teams is on the menu during today's morning skate as the #Sens get set to face the Ducks tonight.

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9:30 AM: The Ottawa Senators are back at it tonight when they take on the Anaheim Ducks at Canadian Tire Centre. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m.

The Sens are coming off of a 2-0 road win against the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday night. Kyle Turris notched both goals for the Sens while Craig Anderson made 34 saves to earn the decision and his 3rd shutout of the season. The Senators now have a record of 13-12-6 and currently sit 11th in the Eastern Conference.

The Ducks travel to Ottawa after a 2-1 victory over the Canadiens in Montreal last night. Hampus Lindholm and Matt Beleskey scored the goals for Anaheim while Frederik Andersen turned aside 23 shots in the win. The Ducks currently have the best record in the NHL at 22-7-5 and lead the league with 49 points.

This is the first meeting between the two this season.

Some lineup notes for tonight:

  • The Sens will be without Curtis Lazar for the next few weeks as he was loaned to Team Canada's World Junior squad yesterday.
  • Head coach Dave Cameron informed the media yesterday that Craig Anderson will start in goal.
  • Erik Condra left midway through the game in New Jersey after being hit in the ear with a puck but did return and should be fine to be in the lineup tonight.

The Sens will hit the ice for their morning skate shortly 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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