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Gameday Journal: Game 56 - Canadiens vs. Senators

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

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

Jersey: Home Red

Television: Sportsnet, RDS

Radio: TSN 1200, Unique FM 94,5


2:30 PM: Gte the full rundown on tonight's game against the Canadiens with Sens TV's Pre-Game Report...


2:15 PM: And from NHL.com, here's a look at tonight's projected line-ups...

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CANADIENS

Forwards

Max Pacioretty – David Desharnais- Dale Weise

Alex Galchenyuk – Tomas Plekanec – Brendan Gallagher

Lars Eller – Jacob De La Rose – Brandon Prust

Jiri Sekac – Michael Bournival – Christian Thomas

Defence

Andrei Markov – P.K. Subban

Nathan Beaulieu – Greg Pateryn

Alexei Emelin – Tom Gilbert

Goaltenders

Dustin Tokarski

Carey Price

Scratched: Mike Weaver, Manny Malhotra


1:00 PM: Sens TV has some post-skate comments to pass along prior to tonight/s 7 p.m. against the Canadiens. Starting first with the coach...

On who Mark Borowiecki will replace in tonight's line-up:

Wiercioch is out.

Updates for Lehner and MacArthur:

They didn't practice today so that's all I know.

Update for Craig Anderson:

He was on the ice today but didn't stay with the big team.

On the team preparing for Andrew Hammond's first career start:

We just have to play. We strive to play the same way all the time. That's what gives you the best chance to win the game; play to your strengths, be who you are. So we aren't changing anything. Pretty exciting time for Andrew I would say. His first NHL start against a storied franchise so I think he's going to be pumped. Big time. I hope we take some of that emotion with us.

On Pageau being recalled:

He's a good player.


Sens netminder Andrew Hammond is set to start his first NHL game tonight as well. Here are some of his pre-game thoughts...


And finally, recently recalled goaltender Chris Driedger spoke with the media for the first time since arriving in Ottawa late last night. Driedger is also making his first NHL appearance backing up Hammond tonight...


11:45 AM: A couple of line-up notes for tonight from Twitter...


10:45 AM: Here's a look at this morning's pre-game skate...

Today's #Sens morning skate at CTC is just getting underway.

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8:45 AM: The Ottawa Senators get set to host the Montreal Canadiens at Canadian Tire Centre tonight. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m.

The Sens are coming off of a tough 6-3 home loss against the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday night. Erik Condra, Mike Hoffman and Cody Ceci notched the goals for the Sens while Robin Lehner made 24 saves before leaving the game with an injury and was replaced by Andrew Hammond. Ottawa forward Clarke MacArthur was also injured on the same play after colliding with the Sens netminder near the end of the second period. The Senators now have a record of 22-23-10 and currently sit 11th in the Eastern Conference.

The Canadiens travel to Ottawa after a 2-0 win over the Red Wings in Detroit on Monday. Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty scored for Montreal while Carey Price turned aside just 25 shots to earn the shutout victory. The Canadiens currently hold the best record in the Eastern Conference at 37-15-4.

This is the third meeting between these two teams with each squad having already earned a 4-1 victory over their division rival. You can watch the highlights from their most recent game back on January 16th here...

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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