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Gameday Journal: Game 51 - Blue Jackets vs. Senators

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

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

Jersey: Home Red

Television: Sportsnet, TVA2

Radio: TSN 1200, Unique FM 94,5


3:30 PM: And from NHL.com, here's a look at tonight's projected line-ups...

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BLUE JACKETS

Forwards

Scott Hartnell - Ryan Johansen - Cam Atkinson

Nick Foligno - Brandon Dubinsky - Corey Tropp

Artem Anisimov - Alexander Wennberg - Jack Skille

Matt Calvert - Mark Letestu - Jared Boll

Defense

Fedor Tyutin - Jack Johnson

Kevin Connauton - David Savard

Jordan Leopold - Dalton Prout

Goaltenders

Curtis McElhinney

Anton Forsberg

Scratched: Cody Goloubef


1:30 PM: Sens head coach Dave Cameron spoke with the media this morning and you can catch his pre-game comments here...

On some line-up changes for tonight:

Chiasson's in. Pageau is out. Boro's in and Philly won't play, Patty won't play.

On Chris Phillips's status:

I don't know if "wear and tear" is an injury or not. Yesterday was a maintenance day but it's obviously a little more serious than that but I don't know the details. I was under the impression that it was "wear and tear" but obviously the "wear and tear" has kept him off the ice for two days.

On what the return of Chiasson brings:

A big body, some speed and net presence.

On the importance of having players in front of the net:

That's the way you score now in the National Hockey League for the most part. The elite guys can score from the outside but all the video we watch; the bulk of goals somebody has to be on the net because often the second and third whacks.

On the reason that Pageau isn't in the line-up tonight:

Coach's decision.

On Colubus's surprising 7-1 win over St Louis last night:

As coaches, we tell our teams that we have to let the last game go. Whether it's a real good game or a real bad game, the only thing you take from those games is whatever helps make you better. I didn't see the game yet but I think they had 33 shots and 7 goals so obviously they had some good looks and some puck luck I would think. Good execution.

On that game's implication that any team can beat any team on any given night:

That's something we say before every game: respect your opposition. Don't get caught up too much in where they are in the standings. When we played this team early on, had a ton of injuries but it still comes down to us. How we play is going to be the biggest factor in our chances to win the game.

On Columbus playing without Bobrovsky:

Anyone losses their #1 goalie, that's a big loss.

Update on Craig Anderson:

He's getting closer. There was talk that he might be able to back-up the next game but that's why I don't get caught up in these things. Last time when he was out and taking some shots it wasn't quite good enough and I've got enough stuff to digest on any given day...tell me when he's ready. Would love to have him back obviously.


Clarke MacArthur also spoke with the media this morning and you can catch his comments here...


11:45 AM: A quick line-up update from the coach ahead of tonight's game...


10:45 AM: Thanks to all the fans who came out to watch this morning's skate as part of the ESSO Sens Gameday Experience...


9:00 AM: The Ottawa Senators are set to host the Columbus Blue Jackets at Canadian Tire Centre. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m.

The Sens are coming off of a 2-1 home loss against the Washington Capitals on Thursday night. Kyle Turris notched the lobe goal for the Sens while Robin Lehner stopped 27 of 29 in defeat. The Senators now have a record of 20-21-9 and currently sit 11th in the Eastern Conference.

The Blue Jackets travel to Ottawa after a 7-1 thrashing of the St Louis Blues in Columbus last night. Nick Foligno (x2), Cam Atkinson, Ryan Johansen, Corey Tropp, Matt Calvert and Scott Hartnell scored for the Blue Jackets while Curtis McElhinney made 32 saves to earn the decision. Columbus currently sits 7th in the Metropolitan Division with a record of 22-25-3.

These teams met for a pair of games back in October with the Sens earning victories on both occasions, including a 5-2 victory at Columbus in their last match-up...

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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