3:00 PM: And from NHL.com, here's a look at tonight's projected line-ups...
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James van Riemsdyk – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel
David Booth – Nazem Kadri – Joffrey Lupul
Leo Komarov – Trevor Smith – Richard Panik
Casey Bailey – Sam Carrick – Brandon Kozun
Eric Brewer – Dion Phaneuf
Morgan Rielly – Jake Gardiner
Tim Erixon – TJ Brennan
Scratched: Joakim Lindstrom, Zach Sill
2:15 PM: Get the full rundown on tonight's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs with Sens TV's Pre-Game Report...
1:30 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 Leafs tonight...
On line-up changes for tonight:
Clarke MacArthur is in, Colin Greening's out, defence is going to stay the same and Anderson is going to play nets.
On getting Anderson and MacArthur back in the line-up:
It's always a down time when you're hurt but when it's late in the season and your team is making a run the older guys certainly want to get in there so it's good to have them back.
On concerns about Anderson playing:
If he wasn't cleared to play and wasn't healthy we wouldn't put him in so unless something happens during the course of the game I don't expect there to be any issues with his health.
Update on Andrew Hammond:
Maintenance day. Banged up a bit and wear and tear so we kept him off the ice.
On if Hammond will back-up tonight:
We haven't decided yet. We're going to wait and see how the treatment today goes.
On expectations of MacArthur after missing the team's last 18 games:
Anytime that you're out and missing time you have to get up to speed but when it's late in the season the league and every team is clicking on all cylinders so it's a little quicker now and might be a little harder to get up to speed. He's a real good NHl player and he'll be fine.
Craig Anderson also spoke with the media this morning and you can catch all his pre-game below courtesy of Sens TV...
And finally, Clarke MacArthur returns to the line-up tonight for the first time since February 16th. Here are his pre-game thoughts...
12:20 PM: A couple of pretty big line-up notes from the coach. Good to see the guys back...
11:45 AM: The boys hit the ice for today's morning skate...
7:30 AM: In the thick of a playoff race, the Ottawa Senators travel to Toronto to square off with the Maple Leafs. Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m.
The Sens are looking to bounce back from only their second loss in regulation since February 16th as they fell to the Rangers on Thursday night by a score of 5-1. Curtis Lazar scored the lone goal for the Sens while Chris Driedger replaced Andrew Hammond, who surrendered all 5 goals while battling through an injury, to make his NHL debut in the loss. The Senators now have a record of 37-25-11 and currently sit 8th in the Eastern Conference tied with the Bruins. The Sens currently hold the tie-breaker over Boston due to games played.
The Leafs struggles during the second half of the season have been well documented and they are in the midst of a 7-game losing streak after being beaten 4-1 by the Florida Panthers on Thursday. Sam Carrick's first career NHL goal was the Buds only offence and the Panthers were able to chase Jonathan Bernier with 3 goals on just 16 shots. The Leafs currently sit second last in the Eastern Conference with a record of 27-42-6.
These teams met just last weekend in Ottawa with the Senators beating the Leafs by a score of 5-3. You can watch 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.