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Gameday Journal: Game 33 - Canadiens vs. Senators

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

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

Jersey: Road White

Television: City, TVA

Radio: TSN 1200, Unique FM 94,5


5:45 PM: Harv enjoying one of Montreal's few redeeming qualities...


4:00 PM: And from NHL.com, here's a look at each team's projected lineup 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

Robin Lehner

Craig Anderson

Scratched: Patrick Wiercioch

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

CANADIENS

Max Pacioretty – Alex Galchenyuk – Brendan Gallagher

Sven Andrighetto – Tomas Plekanec – Jiri Sekac

David Desharnais - Lars Eller – Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau

Brandon Prust – Manny Malhotra – Dale Weise

Andrei Markov – P.K. Subban

Alexei Emelin - Sergei Gonchar

Nathan Beaulieu – Tom Gilbert

Carey Price

Joey MacDonald

Scratched: Mike Weaver, Bryan Allen, Michael Bournival

Injured: None


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


2:00 PM: Head coach Dave Cameron and Sens winger Mike Hoffman both spoke with the media after today's optional skate. Here's what they had to say courtesy of Sens TV...

Changes to tonight's lineup:

Robin Lehner's in nets. Patty Wiercioch will be a game-time decision.

On Wiercioch's chances of playing:

Not sure yet. He's right on the cusp.

On how his approach differs from Paul MacLean's:

I don't know if there's a whole lot different. I think we probably concentrated on trying to play fast and you do that two ways: you have to be able to execute on your passing and you have to move your feet and be able to think while you're moving your feet. We stressed that and Paul did too. I don't know if they're more recptive too it but that's probably the difference.

On his transition to being the head coach so far:

It's always hard when you replace a friend and that but yeah it's certainly easier because you know the team, you know the individuals and you know the situation.


12:00 PM: A handful of players hit the ice this morning at the Bell Centre for the optional morning skate...

3 skaters and 2 goalies on the ice in Montreal for the #Sens optional skate this morning.

A photo posted by Ottawa Senators (@nhlsenators) on


9:00 AM: The Ottawa Senators travel to Montreal to face the Canadiens tonight at the Bell Centre. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m.

The Sens are coming off of a huge 6-2 win against the Anaheim Ducks last night. Milan Michalek, Mark Stone, Kyle Turris, Mike Hoffman (x2) and Mika Zibanejad all scored for the Sens while Craig Anderson made 32 saves in the victory. The Senators now have a record of 14-12-6 through 32 games this season.

The Canadiens host Ottawa after a 2-1 loss to the Anaheim in Montreal on Thursday night. David Desharnais scored the lone goal for Montreal while Carey Price made 21 saves in defeat. The Canadiens currently have a record of 20-11-2 after 33 games this season.

This is the first meeting between the two this season.

Some lineup notes for tonight:

  • The Sens will be without Curtis Lazar for the second straight game as he was loaned to Team Canada's World Junior squad yesterday.
  • Zack Smith remains month-to-month with a wrist injury.
  • There continues to be no time-table on when Marc Methot might be available to return to the lineup.
  • Dave Cameron told the media yesterday that Chris Neil is "progressing well" but is still 4-6 weeks away from returning.

The Sens are set for their morning skate in Montreal 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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