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Gameday Journal: Game 72 - Sharks vs. Senators

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

4:00 PM: Here's some crucial information ahead of tonight's game against the Sharks...

Jersey: Home Red

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3:45 PM: Sens forward Bobby Ryan shared some thoughts with the media ahead of tonight's game against the Sharks...

On still being 1 point back of Boston after the weekend:

Nobody really spent much time talking about it. It's been so calculated; day off, come in for a game, day off, come in for a game. I guess when the engine is running you don't want to change anything. We haven't spent much time worrying about other teams, we just need to stay focused on ourselves.

On Smith and Greening entering the line-up tonight:

It's tough to see them go down (Michalek and Puempel). Milo's brought so much especially on the offensive side of things the last 3 or 4 weeks. When guys go down because of injuries it's an opportunity for guys to fill in. Smitty's been chomping at the bit. It's been 3 and a half months since he's played so there will be a little feeling out process but when guys do come in you hope that they can continue where those guys left off.

On if the team is exposed to the excitement around the city from the Sens recent push:

Not really. No. We try not to get too wrapped up in it.

On if Cameron's speech to the team during the Toronto game was the angriest he's seen the coach:

It's up there. There's been a couple of private ones where he's given it to the room pretty good but I think that was certainly the most animated in a public setting that I've seen him.

3:30 PM: Check out this awesome video that will run before the game tonight on the Bell HD Screen...

3:15 PM: Get the full rundown on tonight's game against the San Jose Sharks with Sens TV's Pre-Game Report...

3:00 PM: And from, here's a look at tonight's projected line-ups...

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Melker Karlsson – Joe Thornton – Joe Pavelski

Patrick Marleau – Chris Tierney – Tomas Hertl

Matt Nieto – Logan Couture – Tommy Wingels

Daniil Tarasov – Ben Smith – Barclay Goodrow


Marc-Edouard Vlasic – Justin Braun

Matt Irwin – Brent Burns

Mirco Mueller – Brenden Dillon


Antti Niemi

Alex Stalock

Scratched: John Scott, Scott Hannan

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

On if Smith and Greening will return to the line-up tonight:


On if he has an update on Michalek:

No. Not available tonight.

Update on Craig Anderson:

Not available tonight.

On what he heard from Binghamton regarding Zack Smith 1-game conditioning stint:


On keeping his message to the team fresh while they're winning games:

Talk less. I'm very in tune with how much I talk now. Shorter and sweeter.

On what he'd like to see from Alex Chiasson tonight in the top 6:

Physical play. Get to the net. Be on the net. That's where he's most effective. Drive the net.

On the team's excitement to move into a playoff spot with a win tonight:

Yes. That's what we've been striving for and chasing for a long time, that's our ultimate goal.

Fresh off being named the NHL's Second Star of the Week, Kyle Turris also spoke with the media this morning and you can catch all his pre-game below courtesy of Sens TV...

And finally, Zack Smith returns to the line-up tonight for the first time since December 13th, 2014. Here are his pre-game thoughts...

11:30 AM: A few line-up notes from the coach today...

10:30 AM: The Sens hit the ice at Canadian Tire Centre ahead of tonight's game against the Sharks...

Today's morning skate is about to get going at CTC.

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

The Sens are coming off their sixth straight win on Saturday night as they defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3. Mike Hoffman, Erik Karlsson, Curtis Lazar and Kyle Turris (x2) notched the goals for the Sens while Andrew Hammond needed to make just 22 saves to earn the decision. Since February 18th the Sens have gone 14-1-1 to put their record for the season at 36-24-11 and currently sit 9th in the Eastern Conference just one point shy of the Boston Bruins for the final wildcard playoff spot.

The Sharks travel to Ottawa in the midst of a 7-game road trip and most recently dropped a 2-0 shutout loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday. Antti Niemi turned aside 27 of the 28 shots he faced in defeat. The Sharks' record currently sits at 35-29-8 which puts them in 11th place in the Western Conference.

This is the second and final meeting between these two teams this season. In their most recent game, back on February 28th, 3 points (2+1) from Mike Hoffman helped push the Sens to a 4-2 Sens win in San Jose. 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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