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Gameday Journal: Game 58 - Ducks vs. Senators

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

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

Puckdrop: 10:00 p.m.

Jersey: Road White

Television: TSN5, RDS

Radio: TSN 1200, Unique FM 94,5


4:45 PM: And from NHL.com, here's a look at tonight's projected line-ups...

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DUCKS

Forwards

Patrick Maroon - Ryan Getzlaf - Kyle Palmieri

Emerson Etem - Ryan Kesler - Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano - Rickard Rakell - Jakob Silfverberg

Rene Bourque - William Karlsson - Tim Jackman

Defence

Cam Fowler - Ben Lovejoy

Hampus Lindholm - Francois Beauchemin

Clayton Stoner - Josh Manson

Goaltenders

John Gibson

Jason LaBarbera

Scratched: Eric Brewer, Jiri Sekac


4:15 PM: Get up to speed for tonight's game with the Pre-Game Report courtesy of Sens TV...


3:30 PM: Sens head coach Dave Cameron spoke with the media early today ahead on tonight's game against the Ducks...

On any changes to the line-up against the Ducks:

No

On Craig Anderson's progress:

He had another session this morning on the ice and faced a lot of shots so he's getting closer. I haven't talked to Gerry. I have no timeframe but I think that's 3 consecutive now where he's been in and faced all kinds of shots so obviously he's getting closer.

On the potential of seeing Chris Driedger play during his call-up?

I make my decisions based on performance and how guy's are going. If you're here I expect you to be an NHL player so I'll make any decision on goaltending based on what's happening at the moment and anybody I put in I expect to perform.

On preparing for the team's 3 game road trip through California:

I don't know how we can evaluate any team we play any different because we're not an elite team yet. So we have to prepare for every team like it's going to be a 60 minute battle and I don't care if it's in California, I don't care if it's in Buffalo and I don't care if it's in Florida. We have to prepare the same way and thus try to play the same way. That's going to be the biggest factor in determining our success, it's not who we're playing.


Mika Zibanejad also took some time to speak with the media and you can catch his pre-game comments here...


2:00 PM: Here's a glimpse into the Sens off-ice work-out today. Groovy.

Stretchin' it out... The #Sens off-ice workout ahead of tonight's game vs the Anaheim Ducks has kicked off.

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12:00 PM: Here's a quick line-up note from the coach from his media availability yesterday...

You can watch Dave Cameron's full scrum from yesterday here...


9:30 AM: The Ottawa Senators are back at it tonight when they take on the Ducks in Anaheim. Puck drop is set for 10:00 p.m.

The Sens are coming off two consecutive wins with the most recent coming against the Florida Panthers on Saturday night. Kyle Turris, Bobby Ryan, Erik Karlsson and Curtis Lazar provided the offence for the Sens while Andrew Hammond made 21 saves to earn the decision. The Senators now have a record of 24-23-10 and currently sit 12th in the Eastern Conference.

The Ducks host the Senators after a 4-3 shootout victory over the Red Wings in Anaheim on Monday night. Andrew Cogliano, Emerson Etem and Francois Beauchemin scored the goals for Anaheim while Corey Perry and Jakob Silfverberg sealed the win with consecutive goals in the shootout. Ducks goalie John Gibson turned aside 35 shots over 65 minutes to earn the win. The Ducks's record currently sits at 38-16-7 good for 2nd in the Western Conference.

These two teams faced off in Ottawa back on December 19th with the Sens offence exploding for a 6-2 victory. Full highlights from that game can be found here...

The Sens aren't scheduled for a morning skate today and instead will do an off-ice workout ahead of tonight's game. I will 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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