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Gameday Journal: Game 5 ��� Blue Jackets vs. Senators

by Chris Lund / Ottawa Senators

3:45 PM: Here's some crucial information ahead of tonight's game against Columbus...

Jersey: Home Red

Television: Sportsnet

Radio: TSN 1200, Unique FM 94,5

Referees: Marc Joannette, Graham Skilliter

Linesmen: Michel Cormier, Brian Murphy

3:30 PM: Here are tonight's projected lineups for the Senators and Blue Jackets...

Ottawa Senators

Forwards

MacArthur - Turris - Stone

Ryan - Zibanejad - Chiasson

Michalek - Smith - Lazar

Hoffman - Legwand - Neil

Defence

Phillips - Karlsson

Wiercioch - Ceci

Gryba - Borowiecki

Goaltenders

Lehner

Anderson

Scratches: Condra, Cowen, Greening

IR: Methot

Columbus Blue Jackets

Forwards

Foligno - Johansen - Atkinson

Hartnell - Anisimov - Wennberg

Calvert - Letestu - Skille

Tropp - Chaput - Boll

Defence

Johnson - Savard

Erixon - Wisniewski

Tyutin - Prout

Goaltenders

McElhinney

Bobrovsky

Scratches: Cracknell, Dano, Goloubef

IR: Dubinsky, Horton, Jenner, Milano, Murray

2:30 PM: Senators forward Kyle Turris offered his thoughts on the challenged posed by Columbus ahead of tonight's game with the Blue Jackets. Here's what he had to say...

On Columbus:

They're a good team, they have a lot of depth and they played really well last year. We're going to have to come out and play our game and continue to improve on what we've done so far.

On re-discovering the chemistry with MacArthur and Stone:

It's never something you want to take for granted, it's never easy, we've been trying to work at it. Clarke and Stone are really smart players and it's really easy to play with guys like that. They're always moving into the right spot and getting themselves open. They think the game so well that it makes it easy. I just try to give and go with them and get into open spots. It's something where we've got a lot of improving to do, that's for sure. I think all three of us have played alright but we can play a lot better.

On playing the point on the PP:

I love it, I really enjoy it. It's a completely different perspective and you get to see the play develop a little better. You have more options from back there. It's something I need to continue to work on and get better at, but at the same time I'm really enjoying it.

2:00 PM: Get the full rundown on tonight's game courtesy of Gord Wilson and Sens TV in the pre-game report...

1:00 PM: Robin Lehner will be the starting goaltender for the Senators tonight. He has a 1.00 goals-against average and .970 save percentage in one career game against the Blue Jackets.

Lehner will line up across from former Sens goaltender Curtis McElhinney who is slated to be the starter for Columbus this evening.

12:20 PM: Sens TV caught up with defenceman Chris Phillips after today's morning skate. Here's what he had to say...

11:45 PM: Sens head coach Paul MacLean passed along his updates ahead of tonight's game with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Here's what he had to say...

On the importance of a good start:

Well, we want to continue to build momentum here at home. I think our start, we anticipate, will be a little less anxious with already having played the game. Having a good start at home is important and we want to come out and try to dictate the way the game is played right at the very start.

On the lineup:

Hoffman will be in, Condra will be out, Greening will be out, Cowen will be out. Hoffman brings us speed and some skill and we want to make sure we keep everyone playing as best as we can.

On Lazar and Smith developing chemistry:

We liked the way they played in the previous game along with Milan. As you know, we like twosomes. We'll see, we're going to give it another opportunity and we'll see where it goes but as of right now it worked pretty well.

On the Blue Jackets:

They're a hard-working, very structured team. They have a good skillset, 19 Johansen plays good. They've got a good work ethic and their team play is very good. They're going to be a handful.

10:20 AM: The Sens have begun their morning skate...

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#Sens morning skate is underway at Canadian Tire Centre before tonight's game vs the Blue-Jackets.

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10:00 AM: The Ottawa Senators get back to action on Saturday night when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets at Canadian Tire Centre. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m.

The Senators opened their home schedule with a dramatic 5-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night, as the Sens came back from an early 3-1 deficit in the first period to take the two points. Goals from Zack Smith, David Legwand, Bobby Ryan, Clarke MacArthur and Chris Neil provided the offence while Craig Anderson made 28 stops in goal. The Sens have won three consecutive games since dropping their season opener in Nashville.

The Blue Jackets will face a quick turnaround as they took on the Calgary Flames in Columbus last night, coming away with a 3-2 win of their own. Ryan Johansen, Jack Skille and Matt Calvert were Columbus' goal scorers while Sergei Bobrovsky stood tall in goal to earn the win over the Flames. The Blue Jackets also improved to 3-1-0 with the victory.

The Sens will hit the ice for their morning skate today at 10:15 a.m. 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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