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Gameday Journal: Game 55 - Hurricanes vs. Senators

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

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

Jersey: Home Red

Television: TSN5, RDS2

Radio: TSN 1200, Unique FM 94,5


2:30 PM: And from NHL.com, here's a look at tonight's projected line-ups...

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HURRICANES

Forwards

Eric Staal – Jordan Staal – Jiri Tlusty

Jeff Skinner – Riley Nash – Elias Lindholm

Nathan Gerbe – Andrej Nestrasil – Chris Terry

Brad Malone – Jay McClement – Patrick Dwyer

Defence

Andrej Sekera – Justin Faulk

Tim Gleason – Michal Jordan

Ron Hainsey – Brett Bellemore

Goaltenders

Cam Ward

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Alexander Semin, Victor Rask, John-Michael Liles


1:45 PM: Get the full rundown on tonight's game with the Pre-Game Report courtesy of Sens TV...


1:30 PM: Sens TV was buzzing after practice today and thanks to their diligent work, we've got some pre-game comments to pass along. Starting first with the coach...

On Marc Methot's four-year extension:

It's a great business. Marc's been a big player for us. I talked to him today and he's excited. It's good to get it done.

On the value of having core veterans locked in to longer contracts:

Today's game is about long-term. The only danger in that is complacency, take your foot off the gas and things like that. But every team has it. Young guys struggle to find their way in this league and I think the young guys have come along faster are probably the ones that are best surrounded by that core group of older guys that are really good veteran players. So you have to have them and Marc's in that boat for us for sure.

On the team's struggles against the Hurricanes:

They're a good team. The way this game goes, regardless of where teams are in their development other teams have their number. Carolina has our number and we're going to work hard tonight to change that.

Words of wisdom for Shane Prince:

My conversation with Shane this morning was simply "just play". Don't get caught up trying to play the perfect game because that's just going to add pressure. He's going to be like every other of the 40 guys dressed tonight, he's going to make a mistake. Don't let that inhibit your play. You're quick, you're fast, get pucks to the net and have some fun with this.


Fresh off signing his brand new four-year contract extension, Marc Methot also spoke with the media after today's skate...


And finally, Sens General Manager Bryan Murray also met with the media this morning to discuss the Methot extension...


12:00 PM: Ahead of his first career NHL game, we caught up with Shane Prince for a quick chat about his big day...

On being prepared for his first NHL game:

Coming out of Junior, you're real excited to make that jump quick but I think I've developed a lot since my Junior days. I've become more of a complete player and I think they're rewarding me for that.

On playing for Binghamton in Ottawa yesterday:

It was nice to get on the ice here. Especially since it's a different rink that you don't get to play on a lot so it was good to get out there and just get the feel of the rink definitely helps.

On when he found out about the call-up:

After yesterday's game, Pierre, Randy and Luke pulled me aside and let me know. I talked to Bryan too shortly after and thanked them for the opportunity. It was exciting.

On finally receiving the opportunity to play for the Senators:

It's almost like a sense of relief. It's something you've been waiting for your whole life and then you finally get the word that you're going in the next night.

On replacing Chris Neil in the line-up:

I think I'm going to go and fill in for him and play the same role. (laughs)


10:45 AM: Here's a glimpse into the Sens morning skate...


9:30 AM: The Ottawa Senators get set to host the Carolina Hurricanes at Canadian Tire Centre on Monday night. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m.

The Senators are coming off a big 7-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday afternoon. Milan Michalek (x 2), Cody Ceci, Kyle Turris, Alex Chiasson, Mike Hoffman and David Legwand provided the scoring for Ottawa while Robin Lehner made 25 stops to earn the decision. The Sens currently sport a record of 22-22-10 and sit 11th in the Eastern Conference.

The Hurricanes travel to Ottawa after a 6-3 loss to the Wild in Minnesota on Saturday night. Goals from Andrej Nestrasil, Jeff Skinner and Elias Lindholm weren't enough to overcome the Wild's offensive outburst while Anton Khudobin stopped just 18-23. With this loss, the Hurricanes record now sits at 19-28-7.

These teams met just under a mont ago in Ottawa with the Hurricanes coming out on top 3-2. Here are the full highlights from that game...

The Sens will hit the ice for their morning skate today at 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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