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Gameday Journal: Game 49 - Devils vs. Senators

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

4:00 PM: Here's some crucial information ahead of tonight's game against the Devils...

Jersey: Road White

Television: TSN5, RDS2

Radio: TSN 1200, Unique FM 94,5


3:05 PM: And from NHL.com, here's a look at tonight's projected line-ups...

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DEVILS

Forwards

Dainius Zubrus - Mike Cammalleri - Jaromir Jagr

Patrik Elias - Travis Zajac - Martin Havlat

Adam Henrique - Scott Gomez - Steve Bernier

Tuomo Ruutu - Jacob Josefson - Jordin Tootoo

Defense

Andy Greene - Adam Larsson

Jon Merrill - Marek Zidlicky

Mark Fraser - Peter Harrold

Goaltenders

Cory Schneider

Keith Kinkaid

Scratched: Eric Gelinas, Michael Ryder


2:30 PM: Get up to speed on tonight's game with Sens TV's Pre-Game Report...


1:30 PM: Sens head coach Dave Cameron met with the media after today's morning skate and you can watch his pre-game comments courtesy of Sens TV...

On changes to the line-up for tonight:

Grybs is out and Philly's out.

On Eric Gryba sitting for his second straight game:

He's just a product of our depth. We're just trying to find ways to use 8 defensemen.

On the Devils style of play:

I think they're back a little bit more to the 'old Devils' where they're really stingy without the puck. They don't give you much. They really clog up the neutral zone. I think the key for us tonight in that area is when they have 4 guys stacked at the blueline we can't turn it over there because they're tight and reacy to counter. We have to make sure we get ice behind us and play in their end.

On Erik Karlsson first season as captain so far:

Good. He's playing his best hockey right now. Your captain always has to lead by example and he's doing that.


Sens defenseman Jared Cowen also spoke with the media prior to playing his 200th career NHL game tonight against the Devils...


10:30 AM: Here are a few line-up notes from the coach from yesterday...


9:00 AM: The Ottawa Senators are back in action on Tuesday night when they travel to New Jersey to face the Devils. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m.

The Senators last contest was a 7-2 drubbing of the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday afternoon in a game where the Sens saw seven different players score. Mike Hoffman, Milan Michalek, Mark Stone, Bobby Ryan, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Erik Karlsson and Mika Zibanejad provided the offence for Ottawa while Robin Lehner made 35 saves to earn the decision. The Sens currently sport a record of 20-19-9 and sit 11th in the Eastern Conference.

The Devils host Ottawa after a 3-1 home win against the Florida Panthers on Saturday. New Jersey was only able to muster up 14 shots on net but goals from Jaromir Jagr, Mike Cammalleri and Steve Bernier as well as Keith Kinkaid stopping 26 of 27 were enough to earn the win. The Devil's record now sits at 19-22-9.

Tonight's match-up is the third and final meeting this season between the Senators and Devils. They have split the season series 1-1 so far. In their most recent game, back on December 17th, Craig Anderson backstopped the Sens to a 2-0 shutout victory. You can watch the full highlights from that game here:

The Sens will skate this morning and I will have plenty of updates throughout the day including, but not limited to, lineup changes, players' thoughts, Sens TV videos, Instagram goodness and more.

Stay tuned!

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