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Gameday Journal: Game 46 - Maple Leafs vs. Senators

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

4:45 PM: Here's some crucial information ahead of tonight's game against the Leafs...

Jersey: Home Red

Television: Sportsnet, TVA

Radio: TSN 1200, Unique FM 94,5


4:00 PM: The line-ups haven't been finalized yet so we won't know who's in or out until after warm-ups. In the meantime, here are the projected line-ups from NHL.com (which I believe are based on last night's game TOI minutes together)...

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MAPLE LEAFS

Forwards

James van Riemsdyk – Nazem Kadri -- Phil Kessel

Daniel Winnik – Tyler Bozak – David Clarkson

Richard Panik – Mike Santorelli -- Josh Leivo

David Booth – Trevor Smith -- Matt Frattin

Defense

Dion Phaneuf – Cody Franson

Morgan Rielly - Roman Polak

Jake Gardiner – Korbinian Holzer

Goaltenders

James Reimer

Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: Stuart Percy

Injured: Peter Holland (hand), Joffrey Lupul (lower body), Stephane Robidas (upper body), Leo Komarov (shoulder)


1:30 PM: Get up to date on tonight's game with the Pre-Game Report from Sens TV...


1:00 PM: Sens head coach Dave Cameron spoke briefly with the media after today's optional skate. You can catch his pre-game comments below via Sens TV...

On line-up changes for tonight's game:

Yes. I'm going to make a couple but they're not finalized. Anderson will start in nets.

On Erik Karlsson's play:

He's hitting a lot of homeruns and not striking out. Making real good decisions both with the puck and without the puck. He's on top of his game.

On changes in Karlsson's game:

Karl's a really smart person and a really gifted athlete and I think what has happened here is that he's had some success playing that way and I think a big part of it is our whole team is learning to trust the system and trust each other. Therefore the burden is shared. The team isn't on anyone's shoulders and everybody is buying in to what they have to do. Although we're not getting the results we want in terms of wins, we're giving ourselves the best opportunity. Once you start feeling that good feeling and that success, it's an easier buy-in.

On preparing to play a struggling Toronto team:

I'm not worried about the Leafs. I'm worried about my team. They're an NHL team. They're a good team that may be struggling a bit now but our focus will be on us tonight.


Sens forward Curtis Lazar also met with the media and you can watch his scrum here...


12:30 PM: Get hyped!


10:45 AM: The Sens had a handfull of players on the ice at CTC for their optional morning skate...


8:30 AM: The Ottawa Senators complete the second leg of a back-to-back tonight when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. at Canadian Tire Centre.

The Senators head into tonight's game after falling to the Rangers 3-2 in overtime last night. Erik Karlsson and Milan Michalek scored for the Sens while Craig Anderson stopped 32 of 35 shots he faced in defeat. Ottawa's record on the season now sits at 18-18-9.

The Maple Leafs come to Ottawa after losing to the Carolina Hurricanes by a 4-1 score on Monday night. Nazem Kadri scored the lone goal for Toronto while the tandem of Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer combined to make 28 stops in defeat. The Maple Leafs have a record of 22-22-3 through 47 games this season.

Ottawa previously hosted Toronto back on November 9th, 2014 which saw the Leafs earn a 5-3 victory. You can watch the full highlights from that game here...

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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