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Gameday Journal: Game 39 - Flyers vs. Senators

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

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

Jersey: Road White

Television: TSN5, RDS2

Radio: TSN 1200, Unique FM 94,5


5:30 PM: DayHARV: Fighter of the NightHARV


3:00 PM: Get the full rundown on tonight's game against the Flyers courtesy of the Pre-Game Report from Sens TV and Gord Wilson...


2:45 PM: From NHL.com we've got the projected lineups for both the Sens and Flyers tonight...

SENATORS

Forwards

Clarke MacArthur - Kyle Turris - Mark Stone

Mike Hoffman - Mika Zibanejad - Bobby Ryan

Colin Greening - David Legwand - Erik Condra

Milan Michalek - Jean-Gabriel Pageau - Alex Chiasson


Defense

Patrick Wiercioch - Erik Karlsson

Jared Cowen - Cody Ceci

Chris Phillips - Eric Gryba


Goaltenders

Craig Anderson

Robin Lehner


Scratched: Chris Wideman

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


FLYERS

Forwards

Zac Rinaldo - Brayden Schenn - Jakub Voracek

Michael Raffl - Scott Laughton - Wayne Simmonds

R.J. Umberger - Sean Couturier - Matt Read

Chris VandeVelde - Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - Vincent Lecavalier


Defense

Nicklas Grossmann - Mark Streit

Nick Schultz - Braydon Coburn

Andrew MacDonald - Michael Del Zotto


Goaltenders

Steve Mason

Ray Emery


Scratched: Luke Schenn, Carlo Colaiacovo

Injured: Kimmo Timonen (blood clots), Claude Giroux (lower body)


2:20 PM: Chris Phillips and Clarke MacArthur also spoke with the media today in Philadelphia. You can watch their comments below courtesy of Sens TV...


2:15 PM: Sens TV caught up with Dave Cameron earlier this afternoon. Here are some of his comments prior to tonight's game in Philly...

On the WJC gold medal game last night:

It was chewing the fingernails. Great game, great result. That's junior hockey right there...no such thing as a safe lead.

On Curtis Lazar helping Canada win gold:

It's quite an accomplishment. It's a gold medal for your country in a tournament and games that you played a big part. If you're going to be a long-term professional hockey player, which Curtis is going to be, there's little steps and momentum along the way and this was one. I think when he sits back at the end of his days, it'll be a huge one.

On Lazar's confidence:

He's like most kids that come in: excited. And he's all ears. He hangs on every word you say and as a coach that's all I can ask.

On Methot travelling with the team on this road trip:

That's why he's on this trip. We do have a lot of ice available. Whether he's with us as a team or own his own today with Smitty but he's got to get in. He's by that "feel good" stage where he's out on the ice now skating around all by himself. He's past that test. Now the next test has to be the grind of getting in shape, stopping and starting and the grind of physical contact.

On tonight's game against the Flyers:

Nothing really changes from game-to-game from the start of the year until now other than the fact that everyone is in better shape. Teams have been together longer so they've played their system more and they trust their system more. When that happens there's less time and space on the ice. We have to dictate the game and we have to play our game.

On playing with desperation tonight:

I hope so. There's a lot at stake.


12:00 PM: No morning skate today. We'll have some video up shortly but here's a quick note from the coach...


8:30 AM: The Ottawa Senators are in Philadelphia tonight when they take on the Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.

The Sens lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday by a score of 4-2, snapping a 2-game winning streak in the process. Goals from Kyle Turris and Mark Stone provided the offence for the Sens while Robin Lehner made 26 saves in defeat. You can watch the full highlights from that game here:

The Sens record for the season currently sits at 16-15-7 good for 11th place in the Eastern Conference.

The Flyers are coming off a 5-2 loss against the New Jersey Devils this past Saturday night. Andrew MacDonald and Vincent Lecavalier scored for Philadelphia in the loss while the tandem of Ray Emery and Steve Mason surrendered 5 goals between them. The Flyer's record on the season sits at 14-18-7 through 39 games and they currently sit 6th in the Metropolitan Division.

This is the first of three meetings between these teams this season.

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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