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Gameday Journal: Game 42 - Stars vs. Senators

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

7:00 PM: Here's some crucial information ahead of tonight's game against the Stars...

Jersey: Road White

Television: TSN5, RDS

Radio: TSN 1200, Unique FM 94,5


4:00 PM: And from NHL.com, we've got tonight's projected line-ups for both the Sens and the Stars...

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STARS

Forwards

Jamie Benn - Tyler Seguin - Brett Ritchie

Erik Cole - Jason Spezza - Ales Hemsky

Antoine Roussel - Cody Eakin - Ryan Garbutt

Shawn Horcoff - Vernon Fiddler - Colton Sceviour

Defense

Alex Goligoski - John Klingberg

David Schlemko - Trevor Daley

Jordie Benn - Jason Demers

Goaltenders

Kari Lehtonen

Anders Lindback

Scratched: Travis Moen, Jamie Oleksiak

Injured: Patrick Eaves (ankle), Patrik Nemeth (arm), Valeri Nichushkin (hip)


3:45 PM: Get the full rundown on tonight's game in Dallas with the Pre-Game Report courtesy of Sens TV...


3:00 PM: Sens head coach Dave Cameron spoke with the media this morning ahead of tonight's game in Dallas and you can catch his pre-game comments courtesy of Sens TV...

Changes to tonight's line-up:

Just Robin Lehner (gets the start tonight).

On continuing the momentum from Saturday's game:

I'm not sure what momentum really is when there's that big of a gap. I know all the good things that we did in that game. We highlighted, we practiced and we showed them video. Usually when you win, you feel good...a good feel about you and that's what you want to build on. I don't know if you call it momentum but certainly when you win it's easier to get back in the saddle.

On Robin Lehner strong start to this season.

Obviously he put in the work all summer and training camp and it got him off to a good start.

On if playing against Jason Spezza generates any extra motivation:

I don't think so. We're playing a good team with a lot of good players. Spez is one of them. Like all good players we have to take away his time and space but it's not us against Spez. It's us against a real good Dallas Stars team that's starting to play pretty good.


Current Sens captain Erik Karlsson also spoke with the media this afternoon about facing former Sens captain Jason Spezza for the first time tonight. Here are his comments via Sens TV...

On playing against Jason Spezza:

He's a guy that's been around for a long time as well. It's a big change. The only good thing is that we know him pretty well and we know what he's capable of.

On shutting down Spezza offensively:

I used to do it in practice all the time but that's a little bit different. It's going to be fun I think. It's going to be an exciting game and it's an important game for us. Hopefully we can get a spark out of it.

On what he's learned about Spezza's game from practicing with him:

He's a quality player. He's a really good skater and he's hard to stop when he moves. We have to play him like any other quality player: be tight on him and make it hard for him. It's going to be a challenge but I think at the same time hopefully it can gives us a spark. We know this is an important game for us overall and we need to bring our best game in here tonight because they're a really good team. They have a lot of good players, not only Spez.


12:45 PM: The Sens are about to hit the ice for today's morning skate in Dallas...

The #Sens have hit the ice for morning skate ahead of tonight's game vs @dallasstars!

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12:00 PM: ICYMI: Head coach Dave Cameron spoke with the media yesterday and confirmed that Robin Lehner would get the start in goal tonight.


8:45 AM: The Ottawa Senators will look to make it two in a row tonight when they face the Stars tonight in Dallas. Puck drop is set for 8:30 p.m. (Eastern)

The Sens are coming off of a 5-1 win over the Coyotes on Saturday night. After Arizona opened the scoring less than 5 minutes into the game, Ottawa rattled off 5 unanswered goals courtesy of Milan Michalek, Clarke MacArthur, Mike Hoffman, Cody Ceci and David Legwand. Craig Anderson was very solid in net, recording 31 stops to earn the victory. The Senators are 17-16-8 at the halfway mark of their season.

You can watch the full highlights from the Sens last game here...

Dallas gets set to face Ottawa after a 4-3 loss in Denver to the Avalanche this past Saturday night. The Stars put 40 shots on goal against Colorado but were only able to get 3 past the NHL's Second Star for last week Semyon Varlamov. Brett Ritchie, Colton Sceviour and Ales Hemsky were the goalscorers for Dallas while Kari Lehtonen stopped 26 shots in the loss. The Stars boast a very similar record to Ottawa's currently sitting at 18-16-7 through 42 games.

Tonight's game marks the first time former Sens captain Jason Spezza will face his old squad since being traded to the Stars this past off-season. Spezza played in 686 games for the Senators registering 251 goals, 436 assists for 687 points during his time in Ottawa.

The Sens are getting set for their morning skate 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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