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Gameday Journal: Game 52 - Sabres vs. Senators

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

6:30 PM: Here's some crucial information ahead of this tonight's game against the Sabres...

Jersey: Road White

Television: TSN5,RDS2

Radio: TSN 1200, Unique FM 94,5


3:00 PM: And from NHL.com, here's a look at tonight's projected line-ups...

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SABRES

Forwards

Chris Stewart – Zemgus Girgensons – Tyler Ennis

Matt Moulson – Torrey Mitchell – Brian Gionta

Marcus Foligno – Brian Flynn – Drew Stafford

Nicolas Deslauriers – Matt Ellis – Patrick Kaleta

Defense

Josh Gorges – Tyler Myers

Nikita Zadorov – Rasmus Ristolainen

Mike Weber – Andrej Meszaros

Goaltenders

Jhonas Enroth

Michal Neuvirth

Scratched: Cody Hodgson, Andre Benoit, Tyson Strachan


2:45 PM: Get up to speed on tonight's game with the Pre-Game Report via Sens TV...


2:00 PM: Sens TV was busy this morning after the team's skate. First, here are some post-practice comments from the head coach Dave Cameron...

Update on Bobby Ryan who left today's skate early:

Cramped up so he'll be a game-time decision. He just had a cramp and best to get off and have it worked on.

On the line-up changes tonight:

Cody Ceci is out.

On breaking out of the recent offensive rut:

We just have to put the puck in the net. We're getting all the chances, we're getting good looks...just need to finish.

On scratching Ceci tonight:

Everything you do is in the best interest of the player and the team so you make some tough decisions. But those are the two criteria that we go off of: What's best for the player at this time and does it hurt the team? Obviously it's an opportunity for somebody else, right? So that's what goes into all those decisions.


Next up, Sens captain Erik Karlsson spoke with the media prior to tonight's game against the Sabres and here's what he had to say:


And finally, former Sabre Clarke MacArthur also spoke with the media. Here are his pre-game comments...


11:00 AM: Morning skate is about to kick off...


10:00 AM: Here's a quick line-up update from the coach yesterday via our Twitter...


8:30 AM: The Ottawa Senators will look snap their 3-game losing streak tonight when they face the Sabres tonight in Buffalo. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. (Eastern)

The Sens are coming off of a 4-1 loss against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night in Ottawa. Erik Condra scored the lone goal for the Senators while Robin Lehner made 29 saves in defeat. The Senators are 20-22-9 at through 51 games this season and currently sit in 14th place in the Eastern Conference.

Buffalo gets set to host Ottawa after a 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders this past Saturday night. Marcus Foligno and Drew Stafford provided a pair of goals late in the second period while Michal Neuvirth stopped 28 shots in the loss. The Sabres have been on a rough stretch the over the past month or so and their record of 16-35-3 is the worst in the NHL.

These teams have faced each other twice already this season with both teams earning a victory. In their most recent match-up, Bobby Ryan's first hat trick with Ottawa powered the Sens to a 5-2 win on December 29th on home ice. Catch the full highlights from that game here...

The Sens are getting set for their morning skate 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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