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Gameday Journal: Game 6 — Devils vs. Senators

by Chris Lund / Ottawa Senators

4:30 PM: Here's some crucial information ahead of tonight's game against New Jersey...

Wear red to tonight's game and wherever you're watching as a show of support and unity for the Canadian Forces and first responders.

Jersey: Home Red

Television: Sportsnet One

Radio: TSN 1200, Unique FM 94,5

Referees: Gord Dwyer, Wes McCauley

Linesmen: Mike Cvik, Tony Sericolo

4:00 PM: Here are tonight's projected lineups for the Senators and Devils...

Ottawa Senators

Forwards

MacArthur - Turris - Stone

Ryan - Zibanejad - Chiasson

Michalek - Smith - Lazar

Hoffman - Legwand - Neil

Defence

Phillips - Karlsson

Wiercioch - Ceci

Borowiecki - Gryba

Goaltenders

Lehner

Anderson

New Jersey Devils

Forwards

Zubrus - Zajac - Jagr

Cammalleri - Elias - Brunner

Clowe - Henrique - Ryder

Ruutu - Josefson - Gionta

Defence

Greene - Severson

Salvador - Zidlicky

Gelinas - Merrill

Goaltenders

Clemmensen

Schneider

3:00 PM: Gord Wilson breaks down tonight's game with his pre-game report. Take a look...

2:40 PM: Robin Lehner will start in goal for the Sens tonight against the Devils. In three career games against New Jersey, Lehner is 1-2 with a 2.61 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage. Here's what he had to say about tonight's game...

On starting:

They told me this morning, it's fun. I think the rotation got changed a bit with what happened against Toronto but I'm excited to get in.

On the break in between games:

Well it's a week between games, we practice a lot and stuff like that but when you don't play, Craig plays most of the games, it's nice that I got in today. Otherwise it may have taken some time. It's going to be a special night tonight and New Jersey's a good team. It's going to be a great game.

On Wednesday's tragedy:

It's terrible. I've spent my summers here, I've been part of this community for the last three years and back and forth for five years. This city has shown a lot of love to me and I've always been impressed by how you guys do it here, especially downtown with Parliament and everything. When I saw it, it was so unfortunate and so sad that it's come to this. Hopefully we can do everything we can as players and an organization and fans to stand up for this and have a great night in his memory.

On being part of the Ottawa community:

I live here now, I feel part of the community, I feel tremendous for all these people that are involved in this. It's unfortunate it happens in a lot of places in the world and apparently it's becoming more and more of a reality.

2:00 PM: Senators forward Kyle Turris talked about tonight's game after today's morning skate. Here's what he had to say...

On the pre-game emotions:

It'll be a great atmosphere. I think everybody will come and be yelling the national anthem, the Redblacks did a really good job and we'll try to follow them up.

On hockey's role in the healing:

It's just to try and bring people together, take their minds off things and show a different way of support. That's the way we can do it.

On channeling the emotion:

The atmosphere is going to be great so we're just going to have to try and calm down a little bit and play our game.

On getting the legs going after the break:

It'll be a different game but at the same time we're coming off a week off. We're just going to have to have a good warmup and get the rough sea legs off. I'm sure we'll have lots of energy coming out for the start of the game.

1:15 PM: Sens TV caught up with Senators defenceman and Ottawa native Mark Borowiecki ahead of tonight's game. Here's what he had to say...

12:15 PM: Senators head coach Paul MacLean spoke to the media after today's morning skate. Here's what he had to say...

On managing emotions before tonight's game:

I think that we'll be prepared for that, I think it's going to be good for our team. I think it's an opportunity for us to help with the healing process here in the city. It started last night with the Redblacks and all the other stuff that's going with the tragedy. Now we get an opportunity to come in and help with that healing. I think that's going to be good for our team and we're looking forward to it.

On the lineup:

There will be no changes to the lineup, Robin Lehner will be the goalie and Craig Anderson will be the goalie tomorrow night in Chicago.

On the risk of players trying to do too much:

Emotion sometimes gets you overanxious or overeager to do things and that's what we were talking about before the Toronto game was don't be hyped up too much. Again, you want to use that emotion and channel it in the right direction. Us being a younger team, that's something we're talking about and our veteran players are talking about. Let's use the energy in the building but we don't want to overdo it either. Once they get out there they could just go. At the same time, we believe it's going to be very good for our team here tonight.

On the Devils:

They've been a very structured team, they've scored lots of goals for what everyone would say a New Jersey team is like. They've added Cammalleri who has played very well for them and can put it in the net. Their defence are a little more active than they have been in the past, Schneider gives them good goaltending, they still play good defence and they're a challenge to play through the neutral zone and that's not going to change tonight.

On Cowen:

Jared has been working at his game every day with Jason Smith and Mark Reeds and working at the fundamentals of his game is what he has to keep doing. The six players who are playing now have played pretty well. When do we make a change in our lineup? We discuss it and evaluate it on a nightly game-by-game basis but right now the six that are playing have played well. Jared right now is in a game of patience. It's not something he's used to in his career but this is something we feel he has to go through. The guys that are in the lineup deserve to stay in the lineup and not just get replaced because Jared Cowen isn't in the lineup. Is Jared an important player for us? Yes, he is, but he has to be one of the best players for us to get him in the lineup... He has to work on his game. A young player lots of times you keep in the lineup and say it's growing pains, it's growing pains and you keep him in the lineup. We've done that for Jared in the past. Now you're not a young player anymore so we need to have you work on things, specific things, that are going to make you a better player, not only down the road, but for today. That's the process. This isn't something he's used to. As a young player we keep putting you in the lineup and giving you an opportunity to play through it. You're not a young player anymore so you don't get to play through it, you have to be better than the guy that's out there. You've got to earn your way.

On if Methot will travel:

At this point his skating allotment has improved and gotten larger, the body of work is larger, but at this point I don't anticipate that he will be. We don't have any practices so he'd be better served to stay here, continue his rehab and skate here but when I go downstairs and finalize it he could be on the plane tonight. At this point I don't anticipate he'll go with us.

On the Dads trip taking place:

That's always a fun trip for the fellas, it's always good for the dads as well. It's always a bit unnerving for the coach. I was at Costco and Canadian Tire yesterday and I got lots of help coaching the team there too. I'm looking forward to the trip and I think it's going to be a lot of fun for the players. Any time you get to play and travel with your dad, that's going to be cool... Normally they're not (shy to offer coaching advice). They're not shy at Costco or Canadian Tire so why would the dads be?

10:30 AM: The Sens are on the ice for their morning skate...

Coach goes over the plan during an energetic #Sens morning skate here at Canadian Tire Centre

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10:00 AM:The Ottawa Senators will get back to action after a week without any game action due to Wednesday's postponement tonight when they take on the New Jersey Devils at Canadian Tire Centre. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. Fans are encouraged to wear red in support of the Canadian Forces and first responders.

Tonight's game will feature a coordinated opening ceremony in Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal to pay tribute to Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent and Corporal Nathan Cirillo, Canadian Forces members who were killed this week. The ceremonies will also recognize the first responders who were on scene for the shooting which took place in Ottawa on Wednesday.

The Senators won their last outing, a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Oct. 18. Mike Hoffman was named the game's first star with a goal and an assist while Robin Lehner backstopped the team to victory.

The Devils come to Ottawa after dropping a 3-2 decision in a shootout against the Dallas Stars. New Jersey picked up goals from Eric Gelinas and Damien Brunner, as well as 35 saves from Cory Schneider but ultimately couldn't get the win. They are 3-2-2 through seven games this season.

The Sens will hit the ice for their morning skate today at 10:15 a.m. 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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