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Gameday Journal: Game 44 - Hurricanes vs. Senators

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

4:30 PM: Here's some crucial information ahead of tonight's game against the Hurricanes...

Jersey: Home Red

Television: City, TVA2

Radio: TSN 1200, Unique FM 94,5


3:30 PM: And from NHL.com, here are tonight's projected line-ups for the Sens and Hurricanes...

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HURRICANES

Forwards

Eric Staal – Jordan Staal – Elias Lindholm

Jeff Skinner – Riley Nash – Alexander Semin

Nathan Gerbe – Victor Rask – Jiri Tlusty

Andrej Nestrasil – Jay McClement – Patrick Dwyer

Defense

Andrej Sekera – Justin Faulk

Ron Hainsey – Ryan Murphy

Tim Gleason – John-Michael Liles

Goaltenders

Anton Khudobin

Cam Ward

Scratched: Brett Bellemore, Brad Malone, Chris Terry

Injured: None


1:45 PM: Get the full rundown on tonight's game against the Carolina Hurricanes with the Pre-Game Report courtesy of Sens TV...


1:00 PM: Sens head coach Dave Cameron spoke with the media after today's skate and you can catch his pre-game comments courtesy of Sens TV right here...

On line-up changes for tonight:

None. Andy's in nets.

On the key to tonight's game against the Hurricanes:

Play to our strengths. Nothing changes. You don't change your system based on a win or a loss. You might tweak it a little bit if one part of the game's not going but we had a real good game. Now we've got to bring it again.

On the team's recent approach to the game:

One of the things we've emphasized is that we want to play with more pace but that doesn't happen overnight. We demanded that in our practices especially after we play games so now I think they are kind of getting up to speed. We're like every other team now we're striving for that consistency thing. That's our #1 pursuit: put in the work every day and that should lead to consistency shift after shift, period after period.


Sens TV also has pre-game comments from Jean-Gabriel Pageau after this morning's skate...


12:00 PM: We caught up with Sens forward Curtis Lazar after today's skate for some quick updates...

His thoughts on his season to date:

This year has been a lot to digest so far. It's been a whirlwind with lots of ups and downs but I think I'm in a good place. The guys here have offered me a lot of support along with the coaching staff and management so it's up to me to really take it upon myself to improve my development for the second half and I think I'm able to do that.

On the effects of an increased WJC/NHL schedule the past few weeks:

The World Juniors really allowed me to regain my confidence and that's something I want to translate here at the NHL level. It's tough going from such an emotional high with the World Juniors but I feel good.

His goals for the rest of this season:

I feel I can make a difference in the second half of the season by taking what I've learned in the first half and build off that. It's all a learning process but I'm 19 years old and playing in the NHL so there's a lot to learn. I'm up for that challenge.

On the team's mentality

You saw the effort we had in our last game and I thought we were awesome from start to finish. Even when we got into penalty trouble we were able to hold down the fort. That's what you're going to get from this team, each and every night we're going to be the hardest working team. We just need to go out there playing our game and our system and the rest will take care of itself.


11:30 AM: A quick line-up update from the coach...


10:45 AM: Here's a look at the team stretching it out prior to today's morning skate...


9:00 AM: The Ottawa Senators get back to action on Saturday night when they host the Carolina Hurricanes at Canadian Tire Centre. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m.

The Senators are coming off a big 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night. Mika Zibanejad, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Erik Karlsson and Erik Condra provided the scoring for Ottawa while Craig Anderson made 25 stops to earn the decision. The Sens currently sport a record of 18-17-8 and sit 11th in the Eastern Conference.

The Hurricanes travel to Ottawa after a 3-0 home loss to the Vancouver Canucks last night. Carolina was shutout for 5th time this season and are currently the second lowest scoring team in the NHL. With last night's loss, the Hurricanes record now sits at 14-25-5.

Tonight's match-up is the first if three this season between the Senators and Hurricanes.

The Sens will hit the ice for their morning skate today at 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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