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Gameday Journal: Game 35 - Red Wings vs. Senators

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

5:45 PM: Not pictured: Harv scored...


5:30 PM: Here's some crucial information ahead of tonight's game against the Red Wings...

Jersey: Home Red

Television: CBC, TVA

Radio: TSN 1200, Unique FM 94,5


3:30 PM: From NHL.com, here are your projected lineups for tonight's game...

SENATORS

Clarke MacArthur - Kyle TurrisMark Stone

Mike HoffmanMika Zibanejad - Bobby Ryan

Erik Condra - Jean-Gabriel Pageau - Alex Chiasson

Milan Michalek - David LegwandColin Greening

Mark Borowiecki - Erik Karlsson

Jared Cowen - Cody Ceci

Patrick Wiercioch - Eric Gryba

Craig Anderson

Robin Lehner

Scratched: Chris Phillips

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

RED WINGS

Henrik Zetterberg – Pavel Datsyuk – Justin Abdelkader

Tomas Tatar – Riley Sheahan – Stephen Weiss

Johan Franzen – Darren Helm – Gustav Nyquist

Tomas Jurco – Luke Glendening – Drew Miller

Niklas Kronwall – Jonathan Ericsson

Danny DeKeyser – Kyle Quincey

Brendan Smith – Jakub Kindl

Jimmy Howard

Petr Mrazek

Scratched: Daniel Cleary, Brian Lashoff, Joakim Andersson

Injured: Jonas Gustavsson (shoulder)


2:30 PM: Get the full rundown on tonight's game courtesy Sens TV and the Pre-Game Report...


1:00 PM: Head coach Dave Cameron also took time to talk with the media this morning. Here's what he had to say courtesy Sens TV...

On lineup changes versus Detroit

Phillips is out.

On the absence of Robin Lehner at today's morning skate

Not feeling well.

On if Lehner is expected to back-up Anderson tonight

Yes

On players recharging over the break

You hope so. It's a special time of year. You hope they were at home and time with family, rested up, mended some bumps and bruises and certainly realize the challenge we have in front of us.

On today's game preparation after the break

Just more skating because of the 4 days off. Maybe with the 4-on-4 you're hoping there will be a little contact and just kind of introduce that back in a little bit.

On what Chris Phillips needs to do to return back to the lineup

Just be Chris Phillips. We're just using our depth.

On if he finds it difficult to sit a veteran

It's tough to sit anybody. It's toughest job I have in hockey: telling someone they aren't playing. No easy way.

On the challenges Detroit offers

The same as every other team we face. They're a good team, they're well coached, they work hard, they go to the net hard and their special teams are real good.


12:30 PM: Bobby Ryan spoke to the media after practice this morning. Here's what he had to say via Sens TV...


11:45 AM: We caught up with Mark Borowiecki after today's morning skate. Here's what he had to say...

How he spent his time-off

I just spent it with family. You don't really realize how much of a grind this season turns into until you're in the thick of it. We spent a lot of time on the road, especially in the first half, so it's pretty important to get those days to spend with family.

On an issues getting back into games after the break

The first skate in the morning is always tough but after that you're all right. Four days is not too long and not too short. I think it's the right amount of time. You don't get out of your rhythm too much. It's important to get back here, get a good sweat on in the morning and then you're usually ready to go.

On tonight's game against Detroit

They're having a strong year. Lots of skill. I don't think you can get into an up-and-down game with them and go chance-for-chance. They just have too much firepower so I think it's really important for us to manage the puck.


10:45 AM: The Sens hit the ice for the morning skate...

Lots of puck movement at today's morning skate. #Sens

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9:00 AM: The Ottawa Senators get back to action on Saturday night after a 5-day break when they host the Detroit Red Wings at Canadian Tire Centre. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m.

The Senators are coming off a 2-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on Monday night, as the Sens fired 39 shots on goal but ran into a red hot Braden Holtby. Erik Condra provided the lone goal for Ottawa while Craig Anderson made 21 stops in goal. The Sens currently sport a record of 14-14-6 and sit 12th in the Eastern Conference.

The Red Wings are fresh off a 6-3 home win over the Buffalo Sabres this past Tuesday which included 4 unanswered goals in third period. Stephen Weiss, Danny DeKeyser, Henrik Zetterberg, Tomas Tatar (x2) and Johan Franzen all marked for the Red Wings while Peter Mrazek needed to make just 13 saves to earn the victory. With that win, the Red Wings improved their record to 18-8-9 which is good for 5th place in the Eastern Conference.

The Sens will hit the ice for their morning skate today at 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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