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Gameday Journal: Game 38 - Lightning vs. Senators

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

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

Jersey: Home Red

Television: City,TVA

Radio: TSN 1200, Unique FM 94,5


5:10 PM: Stop smiling Harv.


4:00 PM: Little Rig!


3:45 PM: And from NHL.com, we've got your projected lineups for both the Sens and Lightning...

SENATORS

Clarke MacArthur - Kyle TurrisMark Stone

Mike HoffmanMika Zibanejad - Bobby Ryan

Erik Condra - Jean-Gabriel Pageau - Alex Chiasson

Milan Michalek - David LegwandColin Greening

Chris Phillips - Erik Karlsson

Jared Cowen - Cody Ceci

Patrick Wiercioch - Eric Gryba

Robin Lehner

Craig Anderson

Scratched: Chris Wideman

Injured: Zack Smith (wrist), Chris Neil (knee), Marc Methot (back/hip). Mark Borowiecki (lacerated leg)

LIGHTNING

Alex Killorn – Steven Stamkos – Brett Connolly

Ondrej Palat – Tyler Johnson – Nikita Kucherov

Cedric Paquette – Valtteri Filppula – Ryan Callahan

Jonathan Drouin – Brian Boyle – Brenden Morrow

Victor Hedman – Andrej Sustr

Matthew Carle – Anton Stralman

Mark Barberio – Jason Garrison

Ben Bishop

Evgeni Nabokov

Scratched: J.T. Brown

Injured: Mattias Ohlund (knee), Radko Gudas (lower body)


2:15 PM: Dave Cameron announced that Robin Lehner will get the start in goal tonight against Tampa Bay. This is his first start since December 20th, 2014 where he dropped a 4-1 decision to the Montreal Canadians. Lehner had been suffering from flu like symptoms last week but his recent participation in Sens Skills and morning skates suggest that he back to 100%.


2:00 PM: Get the full rundown on tonight's game with the Pre-Game Report courtesy of Sens TV...


1:00 PM: Sens head coach Dave Cameron also spoke with the media after the morning skate. Here's what he had to say courtesy of Sens TV...

On preparing for the Lightning:

We've played them a couple of times. Most teams don't change a whole lot once they get rolling. There are tweaks and that but most teams stay the same way so I think we have a pretty good read on them.

On the Lightning's 6-3 loss to Pittsburgh on Friday night:

We always look at the most recent games. They're a good team and have been for a while. Everybody on any given night can beat somebody. We prepare basically the same way. We spend more time on us than on them. Generally we just look to identify their tendencies and what they try to do. Our chance at success in this game is going to be 'how' and 'what' we do versus what they do. That's what we spend our time on.

On what needs to carry over from yesterday's win in Boston:

Play our system. Trust our system. I didn't think we were real great in Boston but that's what makes the win even better that we trusted our system. I just didn't think we had the energy and jump we had previously, which is going to happen in an 82 game schedule, which is probably what John (Cooper) would say about Tampa Bay last game. So you are going to have those and if you can find a way to win when you are going through those: you're team is progressing and getting better.

On the concern with playing in back-to-back games:

Always concerned when we play back-to-backs but that's why they get paid big bucks. That's why your summer is so important and training camp is so important and that's why it's so hard to come back from injuries. You can't fast forward fitness.

On if he's been watching Curtis Lazar and the World Junior Hockey Championships:

This is the first year I can watch the World Juniors without getting sick to my stomach based on losing that game against Russia. So I've watched it this year and really enjoy what Curtis is doing.

On if losing the Gold Medal game against Russia in 2011 has made him a better coach:

Yes. For sure it does. Every experience you have with this game at different levels and with different organizations and coachs, you learn from it. Some are fun, easy lessons and others are hard, tough ones but you learn from them. The second in this business that you think you know it all ...you're done. I always look at every scenario as a little science experiment: Why do guys do it? Did it work? Why did it work? And try and figure that stuff out.

On if Methot might join the team on their upcoming road trip:

Not sure on that. It's going to depend on how he goes, if he has any setbacks, do we have any injuries but the thing is you can't fast forward fitness. This game is getting faster and faster as we move through it so where is his fitness at? That's my concern.


12:45 PM: Sens forward Kyle Turris spoke with the media after the morning skate today. Here's what he had to say via Sens TV...


Chris Neil joined the team for the optional morning skate today and afterward gave an update on his injury status...

On if he might join the team on their upcoming 8-day road trip at any point:

Probably doubtful for this trip. I don't think that there will be a lot of practice time on this road trip. I'll probably end up staying back and skating here so I can get back into game shape working with Shean Donovan.

On getting "antsy" to return to the lineup

I'm one of those guys that if I can get back, I'm going to be back. I work hard to rehab and do whatever I can do. If that means coming in and doing extra or coming in early and skating extra that's what I'm going to do. I want to be back in the lineup and back to being a part of this.

On the current stage of his rehab:

I'm still getting therapy, doing rehab and strengthening. Everyday it's getting stronger and that's the most important thing. I've done this before so I'm not new to it and I know what to expect. There's times when you are playing and you "catch it" and you feel it but it's whenever you "catch it" and that pain starts to go away after 15-20 seconds instead of lingering around for a couple minutes you know you're getting close to being ready.

On the team's play as of late:

Last night was nice. Big win for us. You can see the emotion out there and guys are excited. It shows that we care in here. You have to have that "never quit" mentality and that's something we've said from day one. You have to constantly go. If you're down by a goal or two or if you're up, you've still got to play hard.


10:45 AM: A handful of players hit the ice for the Sens optional morning skate...

Today's optional morning skate is just getting started at Canadian Tire Centre.

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8:45 AM: The Ottawa Senators are right back at it tonight when they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning at Canadian Tire Centre. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.

The Sens bested the Bruins in Boston yesterday afternoon 3-2 in overtime before travelling back to Ottawa for tonight's game. Goals from Kyle Turris, Mike Hoffman and Bobby Ryan (the game winner) provided the offence of the Sens while Craig Anderson made 26 saves in the win. You can watch the full highlights from yesterday's game here:

The Sens record for the season sits at 16-14-6 and they are currently riding a 2-game winning streak.

The Lightning are coming off a loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins by a 6-3 score on Friday night. Brian Boyle, Victor Hedman and Alex Killorn all marked for the Bolts in the loss while Ben Bishop and Evgeni Nabakov surrendered 6 goals between them. The Lightning's record on the season sits at 24-12-4 through 40 games and they currently sit in 2nd place in the Atlantic Division.

This is the third meeting between these teams this season with each team holding a victory. The Sens took the first match-up in a shootout in Tampa way back on October 11th while the Lightning scored a 4-1 win in Ottawa on November 29th.

The Sens will hit the ice for their morning skate today 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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