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Gameday Journal: Game 61 - Wild vs. Senators

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

7:00 PM: Here's some crucial information ahead of tonight's game against the Wild...

Puckdrop: 8:00 p.m.

Jersey: Road White

Television: TSN5, RDS

Radio: TSN 1200, Unique FM 94,5

3:45 PM: Here's a look at tonight's projected line-ups...

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Zach Parise - Mikael Granlund - Jason Pominville

Chris Stewart - Mikko Koivu - Thomas Vanek

Nino Niederreiter - Charlie Coyle - Sean Bergenheim

Erik Haula - Kyle Brodziak - Justin Fontaine


Ryan Suter - Jonas Brodin

Nate Prosser - Matt Dumba

Jordan Leopold - Christian Folin


Devan Dubnyk

Darcy Kuemper

Scratched: Niklas Backstrom, Jordan Schroeder

3:15 PM: Get up to speed for tonight's game with the Pre-Game Report courtesy of Sens TV...

2:45 PM: Sens head coach Dave Cameron spoke with the media ahead on tonight's game against the Wild...

On if Jared Cowen will be available for tonight's game:


On what Matt Puempel's play since joining the team:

He hasn't looked at all out of place. He's fitting in real well. The big challenge up here is just the speed of the game and he showed that he can play and think at that speed.

On facing the Wild:

Hottest team in the league since the All-Star Break. Hottest team in the first period in terms of goals for. We have to be ready at the drop of the puck.

On the impact of who starts in goal for the Wild:

You score the same way: shots and traffic. It doesn't matter who's in net. (Dubnyk)'s hot right now so we've got to challenge him more. More pucks, more bodies.

On if Cowen might be available for tomorrow's game:

I have no idea.

The Hamburglar also took some time to speak with the media and you can catch the goalie's pre-game comments here...

1:30 PM: A couple of quick line-up notes from the coach...

12:40 PM: Morning skate about to jump off, so just jump off...

9:00 AM: The Ottawa Senators look to continue their winning ways in Minnesota tonight as they take on the Wild. Puck drop is set for 8:00 p.m.

The Sens are currently the hottest team in the NHL and are in the midst of a 5-game winning streak. Fresh off a California sweep, the Sens head North for the final 2 games of their road trip after a 4-2 win against the Sharks on Saturday. Erik Karlsson, Mark Stone and Mike Hoffman (x2) provided the offence for the Sens while Andrew Hammond made 28 saves to earn his fifth consecutive decision. The Senators now have a record of 27-23-10 and currently sit 11th in the Eastern Conference.

The Wild host the Senators after a 3-1 victory over the Avalanche in Denver on Monday night. Erik Haula, Justin Fontaine and Jason Pominville scored the goals for Minnesota while Devan Dubnyk turned aside 20 shots to earn the win. The Wild's record currently sits at 33-22-7 good for 7th in the Western Conference.

These two teams faced off in Ottawa way back on November 7th with the Sens blanking the Wild 3-0. Full highlights from that game can be found here...

The Sens' morning skate is scheduled for 12:30 (Eastern) today and 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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