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Gameday Journal: Game 71 - Maple Leafs vs. Senators

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

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

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MAPLE LEAFS

Forwards

Richard Panik – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel

James van Riemsdyk – Trevor Smith – Joffrey Lupul

Joakim Lindstrom – Keo Komarov – David Booth

Zach Sill – Sam Carrick – Brandon Kozun

Defence

Jake Gardiner – Dion Phaneuf

Eric Brewer – Morgan Rielly

Tim Erixon - Andrew MacWilliam

Goaltenders

James Reimer

Jonathan Bernier

Scratched: None

Suspended: Nazem Kadri


2:00 PM: Get the full rundown on tonight's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs with the Pre-Game Report courtesy of Sens TV...


1:00 PM: Dave Cameron spoke with the media earlier today and you can catch his pre-game thoughts below...

On changes to the Sens line-up for tonight:

No.

On motivating the team for tonight's game:

It's been the same was we've been doing it for the last month. The schedule has been crazy and we've had some highs and some lows. So just focus on how we have to play. And that's what we do. We pre-scout the other team obviously to identify tendencies but we focus on how we have to play so that was our talk today; just about how we have to play and that at this time of year anybody can beat anybody.

On what he's liked about Matt Puempel's play with Bobby Ryan and Mika Zibanejad:

Goes to the net. That's what that line is missing when I have them together and they're off their game. No one goes to the net.

On Clarke MacArthur skating with the team today:

We know how this whole concussion things goes right? It's a serious issue obviously. When your player has that and misses an extended period of time it's always nice to get them back for what they bring to the team but it's real nice to see them back because it means theire health is on the upswing.


Matt Puempel spoke with the media this morning as well about playing with Ryan and Zibanejad tonight, the Battle of Ontario and more...


Finally, here are some pre-game comments from Milan Michalek courtesy of Sens TV...


12:30 PM: FREE BURGERS! That's right. If the Sens win tonight your ticket becomes redeemable for a free regular hamburger from MacDonald's tomorrow...


12:00 PM: We've got some pre-game comments from the Hamburglar as Andrew Hammond took a few moments after today's morning skate to field some questions from the media...

On facing the Maple Leafs tonight:

This is a big game for us because we need to keep going and collecting wins when we can. For Toronto, they may be out of it now but knowing the rivalry I don't think there would be anything sweeter for them at this time of the year than to play spoiler to us.

On the any extra pressure from the Battle of Ontario rivalry:

The pressure of having to win these game is present every day. I don't think today's any different. Whether we're playing Toronto or not. It's something that I know means more to people around the organization but for us we can't worry about who we're playing it's all about our approach and making sure we're doing the right things today.

On finally letting in more than 2 goals in a game:

I always knew that was going to happen at some point but luckily in our last game the guys were able to score some goals and help me out.

On the relief of the streak coming to an end:

It was something that I didn't let get to me too much but I guess it is nicer to not have to answers those questions all the time. It's just part of the job and you gotta get used to it. Those are good questions to be asked and it's better than "why have you been letting in 5 goals every game?". It's maybe a little bit of pressure off but at the end of the day it was a good pressure.


11:45 AM: From the coach's mouth: no changes to tonight's line-up. Matt Puempel did skate with Bobby Ryan and Mika Zibanejad this morning so look for him to swap places with Mike Hoffman in our projected line-up later today...


11:15 AM: HAMBURGLAR!

Morning burgers. #Hamburglar

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10:45 AM: The guys are on the ice at CTC for today's morning skate...


7:45 AM: The Ottawa Senators look for their sixth straight win tonight when they host the fledgling Toronto Maple Leafs at Canadian Tire Centre. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m.

The Senators head into tonight's game after defeating the Boston Bruins 6-4 on Thursday night. Kyle Turris (x2), Milan Michalek, David Legwand, Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Bobby Ryan all scored for the Sens while Andrew Hammond made 31 saves to improve his record to 12-0-1 this year. Ottawa's record on the season now sits at 35-24-11 and they trail the Bruins by just two points for the final wildcard playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Maple Leafs travel to Ottawa on a 4-game losing streak with their most recent defeat coming to the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night by a score of 4-1. Jake Gardiner scored the lone goal for Toronto while Jonathan Bernier made 38 stops in the loss. The Maple Leafs have a record of 27-39-6 through 72 games this season and sit second last in the Eastern Conference.

Ottawa previously hosted Toronto back on January 21st in a game which saw the Sens hang on to earn a 4-3 victory. You can watch the full highlights from that game here...

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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