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Gameday Journal: Game 40 - Avalanche vs. Senators

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

5:15 PM: And from NHL.com, we've got tonight's projected line-ups for each team. Marc Methot will return to the lineup but who he'll be replacing will be a game-time decision...

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AVALANCHE

Gabriel Landeskog - Matt Duchene - Borna Rendulic

Alex Tanguay - Ryan O'Reilly - Jarome Iginla

Maxime Talbot - John Mitchell - Nathan MacKinnon

Cody McLeod - Marc-Andre Cliche - Daniel Briere

Jan Hejda - Erik Johnson

Nate Guenin - Tyson Barrie

Brad Stuart - Nick Holden

Semyon Varlamov

Reto Berra

Scratched: Zach Redmond

Injured: Patrick Bordeleau (fractured kneecap), Jamie McGinn (back surgery), Ben Street (hand), Ryan Wilson (shoulder), Jesse Winchester (concussion)


5:00 PM: Get the full rundown on tonight's game with the Pre-Game Report courtesy of Sens TV...


4:30 PM: Sens head coach Dave Cameron spoke with the media after today's morning skate in Denver. Here are his pre-game comments courtesy of Sens TV...

On changes to tonight's lineup against Colorado:

There are changes but they aren't finalized. Methot's going to go in but it's a game-time decision who's going to come out.

On if Lazar will re-enter the lineup tonight:

No, not it. He didn't practice and I don't want to rush. He had the time change, he's a young guy, the guys that played in Philadelphia played pretty well too so with all those things in he's not going to play tonight.

On Methot's return:

He's an NHL defenseman who's played 400 games and they're hard to come by. The only concern through this whole thing is that you want him but you have to be careful when you put him back in. You have to do what's best for Marc Methot. The league's a lot faster now than it was at the start and it's going to continue to get faster moving forward. I talked to the medical guys and I talked to Marc and all indicators are that he's ready.

On playing in Denver's high altitude:

It is what it is. You've got to play. We can't control the air here. We put an emphasis on short shifts in every game so that hasn't changed.

On if Craig Anderson gets the start in goal:

Yes.

On the potential impact of these next few games:

Every two points is huge now until such a time that you get back in it and then they're huge because you have to stay in it. Every game is two points and that's what we're gearing up for.

On his thoughts on his first month as head coach:

I have no qualms with our work ethic. I have no qualms with our structure. This is a tough leage to win in. There's a lot of good players and on any given night you can be beat. We just ask that we give ourselves a reasonable chance to win games and they've done that for the most part.


Jean-Gabriel Pageau also spoke with the media and you can watch his scrum here via Sens TV...


1:30 PM: Morning skate happening in the afternoon because Mountain Time!

#Sens morning skate is underway ahead of tonight's game against the @coloradoavalanche!

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1:00 PM: And here's an infuriating and totally unnecessary weather update from our content crew in Colorado that no one asked for...


10:30 AM: ICYMI, Sens TV caught up with Curtis Lazar in Denver to talk about the World Juniors and returning to the Sens lineup...


9:00 AM: The Ottawa Senators return to action tonight at the Pepsi Center in Denver where they'll take on the Avalanche. Puck drop is set for 9:00 p.m.

The Sens began their current 4-game road trip this past Tuesday in Philadelphia where they fell to the Flyers 2-1 in a shootout. Mike Hoffman tallied the lone goal for the Senators while Craig Anderson made 33 stops in defeat. The Sens currently sit 11th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 16-15-8.

The Avalanche have been on a bit of a roll recently posting a record of 6-3-1 in their last 10 games. Most recently, the Avalanche are coming off blanking the Blackhawks 2-0 in Chicago this past Tuesday. Nathan MacKinnon and Max Talbot each scored for Colorado while Semyon Varlamov was absolutely brilliant turning aside a whopping 54 shots to earn the shutout victory. The Avalanche's record currently sits at 16-16-8 which is good for 12th in the Western Conference.

These two teams previously met way back on October 17th with the Sens winning their home opener by a score of 5-3. 10 different Senators registered at least a point in that contest. You can relive that game with the full highlights below...

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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