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Gameday Journal: Game 57 - Panthers vs. Senators

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

5:00 PM: Here's some crucial information ahead of tonight's game against the Panthers...

Jersey: Home Red

Television: Sportsnet, TVA2

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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PANTHERS

Forwards

Jussi Jokinen – Nick Bjugstad – Jimmy Hayes

Jonathan Huberdeau – Aleksander Barkov – Brad Boyes

Scottie Upshall – Dave Bolland – Tomas Fleischmann

Tomas Kopecky – Derek MacKenzie – Shawn Thornton

Defence

Brian Campbell – Aaron Ekblad

Steven Kampfer – Erik Gudbranson

Shane O'Brien – Alex Petrovic

Goaltenders

Roberto Luongo

Al Montoya

Scratched: Sean Bergenheim


2:00 PM: Get the full rundown on tonight's game against the Florida Panthers with Sens TV's Pre-Game Report...


12:15 PM: Sens TV has some post-skate comments to pass along prior to tonight's 7 p.m. against the Panthers. Starting first with the coach...

On if Andrew Hammond will start his second consecutive game:

Yes.

On the line-up changes for tonight:

(Gryba out). Patty's in. Puempel's in.

On what he would like to see from Matt Puempel in his NHL debut tonight:

What would I like to see? I want to see if he's an NHL player. I'll tell him the same thing I told Shane Prince: "You're not going to see anything system-wise that you haven't seen. You're going to have to make decisions quicker. Playing against bigger guys throughout the line-up and your time and space is going to be limited so you're going to have to think quicker." I want to see if he can.


Sens forward Curtis Lazar also spoke with the media after the team's morning skate. Here are his thoughts courtesy Sens TV...


11:45 AM: A few line-up notes to pass along from the coach...


10:45 AM: "Practice! John Practice!"

The #Sens are on the ice at CTC for today's morning skate.

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7:30 AM: The Ottawa Senators are set to host the Florida Panthers at Canadian Tire Centre tonight. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m.

The Sens are coming off of a huge 4-2 home win against the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday night. Milan Michalek, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Mark Stone and Kyle Turris notched the goals for the Sens while Andrew Hammond stopped 42 of 44 to earn his first NHL win. The Senators now have a record of 23-23-10 and currently sit 11th in the Eastern Conference.

The Panthers travel to Ottawa after a 3-2 shootout won over the Canadiens in Montreal on Thursday night. Tomas Fleischmann and Steven Kampfer scored for Florida while David Bolland sealed the win in the sixth round of the shootout. In goal, Roberto Luongo made 37 saves to earn the decision. The Panthers are in the midst of a push towards a playoff spot and currently sit 9th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 26-19-12.

This is the third meeting between these teams this season with each squad holding a win. Their most recent match-up was back on November 28th and saw the Panthers score a pair of third period goals to battle back and beat the Sens 3-2. Here are the full highlights from that game...

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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