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Gameday Journal: Game 37 - Bruins vs. Senators

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

12:15 PM: Here's some crucial information ahead of this afternoon's game against the Bruins...

Jersey: Road White

Television: TSN5, RDS

Radio: TSN 1200, Unique FM 94,5

12:00 PM: Recently recalled Chris Wideman spoke with the media upon arriving in Boston to join the Sens prior to today's 1:00 start against the Bruins. Here's what he had to say...

11:30 AM: Harv chilling outside...

9:45 AM: Get the rundown on this afternoon's game in Boston with the Pre-Game report courtesy of Sens TV and Gord Wilson...

9:30 AM: We caught up with Sens defenseman Cody Ceci prior to today's 1:00 start in Boston. Here's what he had to say...

On if the team's recent struggles during afternoon games is more mental or physical:

I think it's just become mental. It's no secret that we haven't been playing well in the mornings. It's just different from our normal routines and throws us off a little bit. Then we go in and play teams that do it on a regular basis because that's their home game times so it does throw you off a little bit. But it's no excuse. After the first 5 minutes of the first period it all feels the same.

On looking to rid the team of the "afternoon game" stigma:

We played a solid game last time we were here and today's a 1 o'clock game as well so we just need to build off that and hopefully play the same way.

On what he feels he needs to do to continue to improve his game:

Just play to my role. Play a two-way game, be responsible defensively and help out offensively whenever I can.

8:45 AM: The Sens made a roster move in advance of their afternoon game in Boston...

3:30 PM: (Friday) Craig Anderson spoke with the media prior to the Sens afternoon tilt in Boston. Here are his comments via Sens TV...

3:30 PM: (Friday) Sens head coach also spoke with the media regarding Saturday's matinee in Boston. Here's what he had to say via Sens TV...

On status of Methot for this weekend:

He's going to Binghamton. Not playing tonight. I think he's going to play tomorrow night.

On how many games Methot might play in Bingo:

My concern is his fitness level. You can't fast forward fitness but there will be so many factors going in to that decision that I don't have a number. Again, I hope he stays healthy.

On if someone will be recalled before Saturday's game:

Yes we are. They play tonight and we'll make it after that game.

On who they might recall:

I want their best player because right now he's not going to play. Something is going to have to happen, right? So he's not going to play. He's going to stay with us for two games for sure and then we'll decide after that.

On how they can try and replicate the success from the last trip to Boston:

The same way. We play the same way regardless of who we play. There's no difference in our game. You might tweak things here or there or try to get a matchup here or there but in terms of systems ans style of play we just have to get better at what we do and do it more consistently.

On if the team is playing a more "simple" game:

I don't know if I call it "simpler" but I'm seeing better execution, I'm seeing good effort.

On changes to the powerplay this morning:

Not different but different personel and combinations. No real different schemes. I think our powerplay is a little bit stagnant. It's doing some good things but not enough good things. So we're just trying to freshen it up and give different looks.

On improvements he'd like to see on the powerplay:

We get too many shots blocked, we're not on the net enough and we don't shoot the puck enough off the pass. We have to handle the pass and that just gives penalty kills time to adjust. Those are the three things I'd really like to see changed.

The personel changes to the top powerplay unit:

I moved Bobby Ryan up on the flank on his off-side. I think Bobby is a pure passer but he can score from up there. So I'm just hoping to get a different look. So basically he's gone into Hoffman's spot and I out Legwand down on the net. I practiced that today but that doesn't necessarily mean I'm going to do it because this is the first time that they're together so I'm starting a process.

On if Craig Anderson will start in Boston on Saturday:


3:15 PM: (Friday) Leaving on a jet plane...

3:00 PM: (Friday) It's an afternoon affair as the Ottawa Senators face-off against the Bruins in Boston tomorrow. Puck drop is set for 1 p.m. and you can catch the game on TSN5 and RDS.

The Sens are coming off of a 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres this past Monday night in Ottawa. A trio of goals from Bobby Ryan along with tallies from Clarke MacArthur and Colin Greening provided the offence for the Sens while Craig Anderson made 19 stops to earn the decision. The Sens currently sit in 11th place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 15-14-7.

The Bruins enter tomorrow night's game only 5 points up on the Sens in the standings with 2 more games played. Boston most recently dropped a 4-3 shootout loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on New Year's Eve. Carl Soderberg, David Krejci and Torey Krug each scored for the Bruins while Tuukka Rask made 18 saves in defeat.

These two teams faced off exactly 3 weeks ago in Boston with the Sens taking that game 3-2 care of Bobby Ryan's shootout clincher. Ottawa's record against the Bruins this season is currently 1-1-0.

Some lineup notes to pass along for the Sens:

  • Craig Anderson will get the start in goal.
  • Marc Methot has been sent to Binghamton on a conditioning stint and won't travel with the team this weekend.
  • Head coach Dave Cameron also announced that a defenseman will be recalled prior to the team's game in Boston tomorrow afternoon.

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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