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Gameday Journal: Game 43 - Canadiens vs. Senators

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

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

Jersey: Heritage Black

Television: TSN5, RDS

Radio: TSN 1200, Unique FM 94,5


3:15 PM: And from NHL.com, here are tonight's projected line-ups...

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CANADIENS

Forwards

Max Pacioretty – Tomas Plekanec – Brendan Gallagher

Brandon Prust – Alex Galchenyuk – P.A. Parenteau

David Desharnais – Lars Eller– Dale Weise

Jiri Sekac – Manny Malhotra – Michael Bournival

Defense

Andrei Markov – P.K. Subban

Nathan Beaulieu – Sergei Gonchar

Alexei Emelin – Tom Gilbert

Goaltenders

Dustin Tokarski

Carey Price

Scratched: Mike Weaver, Christian Thomas

Injured: None


3:00 PM: Get the full rundown on tonight's game versus the Canadiens with the Pre-Game Report courtesy of Sens TV...


1:15 PM: Sens head coach Dave Cameron spoke with the media after the team's morning skate and thanks to Sens TV you can watch his pre-game comments right here...

On how soon Mark Borowiecki could return to the line-up:

Not sure. I know he's skating, feeling better and he's ahead of schedule. I don't have a timeframe on him yet but it looks good.

On if he's seen specific players fill the void of Borowiecki and Neil during their injuries:

No but I think the guys that should be physical are physical. That's what they have to bring every night and that's what we preach is "play to your strengths". If you're a big guy that has potential to be physical then we expect it out of you.

Update on Chris Neil:

He's skating and the next thing will be contact at practice.

On facing increased physicality when facing a rival:

You would hope so. It's called a rivalry for a reason. There's obviously some history there and usually what that does is up the emotion level and you hope your emotion level ups the physicality.

On the team's play of late:

Since I've been here most, if not all, the games have been winable games. We haven't had too many stinkers. That said, you still have to win them. Especially when you're chasing a playoff spot. We keep track of a lot of stuff and stat-wise we feel like we're heading in the right direction but until you get the results there's always going to be questions.


Sens forward Clarke MacArthur also spoke with the media after today's morning skate and you can catch his comments here...


12:00 PM: And a few line-up notes from the coach...


11:30 AM: Here's a cool look at some of the action from today's morning skate...


9:00 AM: The Ottawa Senators are back at it tonight when they take on the Montreal Canadiens at Canadian Tire Centre. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m.

The Sens are coming off of a 5-4 road loss against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night. Mike Hoffman, Clarke MacArthur, Jared Cowen and Milan Michalek notched the goals for the Sens while Robin Lehner made 24 saves in defeat. The Senators now have a record of 17-17-8 and currently sit 11th in the Eastern Conference.

The Canadiens travel to Ottawa after a 3-2 come from behind win over the Blue Jackets in Columbus last night. Max Pacioretty (x2) and P.K. Subban scored for Montreal while Carey Price needed turn aside just 14 shots to earn the decision. The Canadiens currently sit 2nd in the Atlantic with a record of 27-12-3.

These teams met back on December 20th, 2014 in Montreal with the Canadiens beating the Sens by a score of 4-1. You can watch highlights from that game here:

The Sens will hit the ice for their morning skate shortly 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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