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Gameday Journal: Game 65 - Bruins vs. Senators

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

3:45 PM: Here's some crucial information ahead of tonight's game against the Bruins...

Jersey: Home Red

Television: TSN5, RDS2

Radio: TSN 1200, Unique FM 94,5


2:15 PM: And here's a look at tonight's projected line-ups...

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BRUINS

Forwards

Brad Marchand – Patrice Bergeron – Reilly Smith

Milan Lucic – Ryan Spooner – David Pastrnak

Chris Kelly – Carl Soderberg – Loui Eriksson

Daniel Paille – Gregory Campbell – Max Talbot

Defence

Zdeno Chara – Dougie Hamilton

Torey Krug – Adam McQuaid

Dennis Seidenberg – Matt Bartkowski

Goaltenders

Tuukka Rask

Niklas Svedberg

Scratched: Brian Ferlin


1:45 PM: Reminder that tonight is also the Sens Foundation's annual Telethon starting at 6:30 p.m. So tune in early to TSN5.

Here's how you can help us make a difference for local kids:

Call 1-844-8GO-SENS

Text SENS to 45678 to donate $10

www.sensfoundation.com

#OSFTelethon


1:30 PM: Get the full rundown on tonight's game against the Boston Bruins with Sens TV's Pre-Game Report...


12:30 PM: Sens TV has some post-skate comments to pass along prior to tonight's 7:30 p.m. start against the Bruins. Starting first with the coach...

On line-up changes for tonight's game:

No.

On if he's spoken to the younger players prior to tonight's game:

No. I'ma big believer this time of year that the talk gets less and less.

On Puempel closing in on his first NHL goal:

Yeah Matt's looked all right. He's had some chances, hit the crossbar the other night.

On showing faith in Puempel to help build his confidence:

We're a young team, he's a good player. So am I showing him confidence? Yeah, I guess that's a word you could use. Confidence, trust, whatever you want to call it.

On what to expect from the Bruins tonight:

The one thing Boston has proven over the years is that they play the same style, maybe because they've been very successful at it, and they're not going to change anything tonight. They're going to play their way and play their way for 60 minutes. Going to be a real challenge for us.

On why he thinks they've had success against Boston this season:

Same as everybody else: we play our game and we stay at it for 60 minutes. You have to be consistent to beat the best teams and Boston's one of the best teams.


Starting goaltender Craig Anderson also spoke with the media and you can watch his pre-game comments here:


11:45 AM: We caught up with Sens forward Bobby Ryan after the team's skate today. Here are a few of his pre-game thoughts...

On preparing for the pressure of tonight's game against the Bruins:

You just need to address it in the room. Guys are vocal about the fact that it's obviously a big two points but it's like any other game. We have to continue playing the way we have been and not let our emotions ramp up too much.

On the fun of playing meaningful games in March:

You don't want to be playing through March and April in games that aren't too meaningful so to be back in the mix and giving ourselves an opportunity going forward is making it interesting. Hopefully we can keep clawing away at it and find ourselves sliding in there.

On the fan interest in the team's starting goaltender:

Everyone likes the "feel good" story and that's all well and good. Hammer came in and did an incredible job for us but Andy's a #1 goalie in the league. When he comes back he deserves the opportunity to go in and prove himself. I thought he had a good game. Obviously the four goals against last game was more on us than him.

On the team wanting to continue to prove people wrong:

Quite a bit. That's what it's all about.


11:30 AM: Quick line-up note from the coach...


10:40 AM: The guys hit the ice at CTC in preparation for tonight's game against the Bruins...

The #Sens are on the ice at Canadian Tire Centre for today's morning skate.

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9:00 AM: The Ottawa Senators get set to host the Boston Bruins at Canadian Tire Centre tonight. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m.

The Sens are coming off of a wild 5-4 shootout victory against the Calgary Flames on Sunday night. Alex Chiasson, Milan Michalek, Mark Borowiecki and Mike Hoffman notched the goals for the Sens while a returning Craig Anderson made 42 saves to earn the decision. The Sens have absolutely been on fire since mid-February and have won 8 of their last 9 games to put their record for the season at 30-23-11 and currently sit 10th in the Eastern Conference. They trail the Bruins for the final playoff wildcard spot by 5 points.

The Bruins travel to Ottawa after a 5-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings in Boston on Sunday. Brad Marchand, David Pastrnak, Daniel Paille (x 2) and Loui Eriksson scored for the Bruins while Niklas Svedberg turned aside just 36 shots to earn the victory. The Bruins' record currently sits at 33-22-10.

This is the fourth meeting between these two teams this season. In their most recent game, back on January 4th, Bobby Ryan sealed a 3-2 Sens win in overtime. Catch the full highlights from that game here...

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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