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Gameday Journal: Game 68 - Flyers vs. Senators

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

5:30 PM: Here's some crucial information ahead of tonight's game against the Flyers...

Jersey: Home Red

Television: City, TVA

Radio: TSN 1200, Unique FM 94,5


3:30 PM: And from NHL.com, here's a look at tonight's projected line-ups...

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FLYERS

Forwards

Brayden Schenn – Claude Giroux – Jakub Voracek

Matt Read – Sean Couturier – Wayne Simmonds

Zac Rinaldo – Michael Raffl – Ryan White

Chris VandeVelde – Pierre-Edouard Bellemare – Vincent Lecavalier

Defence

Nick Schultz – Mark Streit

Nicklas Grossmann – Andrew MacDonald

Carlo Colaiacovo – Luke Schenn

Goaltenders

Ray Emery

Steve Mason

Scratched: Brandon Manning, Nick Cousins.


1:45 PM: Get the full rundown on tonight's game against the Philadeplphia Flyers with Sens TV's Pre-Game Report...


12:45 PM: Sens head coach Dave Cameron spoke with the media after the team's morning skate. Here's what he had to say ahead of facing the Flyers tonight...

On if Zack Smith is nearing a return to the line-up:

Yes. I'm not sure when he's going to play but I think he's cleared now. I can't confirm that but he's right there.

On if the team's current run can be attributed to coaching:

My theory has always been, since I started coaching, that you're as good as your team. It might have been Tom Watt who originally said this but when you're team is going good you get too much credit and when the team is struggling you take too much heat. A lot of time in coaching, you're the flavour of the week and so you have to find that balance.

On the team's goaltending situation and deciding who starts:

What really makes it difficult is that they're two good goalies. If one was heads and tails above the other...you don't make your decision only on results, you have to have a big picture. Injuries, your schedule, the load that the guy has carried, "where is he at", "is he a veteran player", "is he a young guy". There are so many factors that go in.

Updates on Lehner and MacArthur:

I think Clarkie skated today. Still not symptom free. I think Clarkie is ahead of Robin in terms of going longer periods without reoccurring symptoms.


Sens goaltender Andrew Hammond also spoke with the media this morning and you can catch all his pre-game below courtesy of Sens TV...


12:00 PM: We caught up with Sens defenceman Marc Methot after today's skate to talk about the magnitude of tonight's game against the Flyers...

On taking games one at a time:

It's do or die for us. We're climbing to try and get back into the playoff race and we know it's not going to be easy. There are some pretty good hockey clubs ahead of us that we're trying to catch up to but that's why you play the game and this is the best time of the year to be playing hockey.

On the Sens goalie situation:

We have stellar goaltending here. We're lucky and it's a good problem to have. Hammer's rolling right now and you've got to respect that and allow him to do his thing. It's pretty amazing what he's been capable of so far.

On scoreboard watching the other Eastern Conference teams in the Wild Card hunt tonight:

We'll be paying attention to it for sure. I'm sure they'll be posting the score during our game up on the big screen at some point. You've got to try and separate yourself from that as hard as it is to do and just focus on our game because at this time of the year there are no easy games. Philly's going to come out pretty hungry and we have to match that.

On facing a team that's also trying to chase down a playoff spot:

The way I see it; it's just another team that's in a race with us. With regards to the other night when we played Boston, it's no different. The game has a ton of weight to it. I don't think it really matters what opponent you're playing at this point of the year. With the amount of games we have left, you've got to win out or at least try to. Obviously, that's near impossible and it's not easy to do but you have to have that mindset.


10:30 AM: Gearing up for a big tonight...


8:30 AM: The Ottawa Senators host the Philadelphia Flyers at Canadian Tire Centre tonight. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m.

The Sens continued their winning ways when the defeated the New York Islanders 2-1 on Friday night. Goals from Matt Puempel and Kyle Turris combined with 34 saves from Andrew Hammond were enough to earn the Sens their second win in two nights. The Senators now have a record of 32-24-11.

The Flyers travel to Ottawa after a dominant 7-2 win over the Red Wings in Philadelphia yesterday afternoon. Wayne Simmonds, Nicklas Grossmann, Brayden Schenn (x2), Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Matt Read and Zac Rinaldo scored for the Flyers and helped to boost their record to 29-27-14.

This is the second meeting between these teams this season with the Flyers earning a 2-1 shootout victory against the Sens in Philadelphia back on January 7th. You can watch 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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