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Gameday Journal: Game 63 - Sabres vs. Senators

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

4:30 PM: Here's some crucial information ahead of this tonight's game against the Sabres...

Jersey: Home Red

Television: TSN5, RDS

Radio: TSN 1200, Unique FM 94,5

2:45 PM: Here's a look at tonight's projected line-ups...

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Matt Moulson - Phil Varone - Tyler Ennis

Marcus Foligno - Mikhail Grigorenko - Brian Gionta

Nicolas Deslauriers - Johan Larsson - Cody Hodgson

Jerry D'Amigo - Tim Schaller - Matt Ellis


Andre Benoit - Zach Bogosian

Nikita Zadorov - Andrej Meszaros

Mike Weber - Rasmus Ristolainen


Chad Johnson

Anders Lindback

Scratched: Tyson Strachan, Zac Dalpe

2:00 PM: Get up to speed on tonight's game with the Pre-Game Report via Sens TV...

1:00 PM: Sens TV was busy this morning after the team's skate. First, here are some post-practice comments from the head coach Dave Cameron...

On changes to the line-up tonight:

Matt Puempel is back in. Colin Greening is out. And that's the only change.

On Puempel's penalty late against the Wild:

That wasn't why he was scratched (against Winnipeg). Unless you take whole bunch of penalties and you're a repeat offender, that's the flow of the game. The second you get in to assessing good penalties and bad penalties...boy...that's a gray area. What's a good call? Bad call? There's just so many things on your plate that if you get in to disecting every penalty you won't have enough hours in the day.

Providing some injury updates:

I talked to Clarkie this morning, still not feeling 100% and still has symptoms but feeling better. So I took that as the symptons aren't as frequent and are coming and going. I haven't seen Robin. I don't think Robin's at the rink. I don't think he's making as much progress. Philly's been skating but I think he's still a ways away from being back. I'll say Smitty's now week-to-week as opposed to month-to-month and I think there's another evaluation coming up this week that will really tell us where he's at. Obviously he's skating but I think there's still an issue with contact.

On not being overconfident tonight against the Sabres:

I hope not. I know there's a history in the NHL that when you come off a long road trips your first game at home is a struggle. What we talk about is that games aren't won on paper.

Next up, Sens goaltender Andrew Hammond spoke with the media prior to tonight's game against the Sabres and here's what he had to say:

And finally, Mike Hoffman took a few moments to speak with the media as well and you can watch his pre-game comments here...

#Sens head coach Dave Cameron confirms that Andrew Hammond will start tonight against the Sabres.

— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) March 6, 2015

10:30 AM: The Hamburglar hits the ice this morning ahead of tonight's game against the Sabres...

Morning skate is set to start and Andrew Hammond is the first to hit the ice.

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8:30 AM: The Senators are back in Ottawa tonight as they host the Buffalo Sabres at Canadian Tire Centre. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m.

The Sens capped off their 5-game road trip in Winnipeg on Wednesday night with a 3-1 win against the Jets. Kyle Turris, Bobby Ryan and Erik Condra provided the offence for the Senators while Andrew Hammond improved his record to 6-0-1 by making 35 saves to earn the decision. Don't look now but the streaking Senators are 28-23-11 through 62 games this season and currently sit in 10th place in the Eastern Conference just 4 points back of the Boston Bruins for the final playoff spot.

The Sabres travel to Ottawa after a 3-0 loss to the Lightning this past Tuesday night in Tampa Bay. Buffalo has been shutout 10 times this season and are the lowest scoring team in the NHL. Sabres goalie Anders Lindback stopped 32-35 in defeat. Buffalo currently has the fewest points of any team in the league and sports a record of 19-40-5.

These teams have faced each other three times already this season with the Sens leading the series 2-0-1. In their most recent match-up on February 10th, Ottawa defeated Buffalo 2-1 on the back of a 35 save performance by Robin Lehner. Catch the full highlights from that game here...

The Sens are getting set for their morning skate today 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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