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Gameday Journal: Game 76 - Red Wings vs. Senators

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

4:30 PM: Here's some crucial information ahead of tonight's game against the Red Wings...

Jersey: Road White

Television: TSN5, RDS

Radio: TSN 1200, Unique FM 94,5


4:00 PM: And from NHL.com, here's a look at tonight's projected line-ups...

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RED WINGS

Forwards

Justin Abdelkader - Henrik Zetterberg - Gustav Nyquist

Darren Helm - Pavel Datsyuk - Tomas Tatar

Teemu Pulkkinen - Riley Sheahan - Tomas Jurco

Drew Miller - Luke Glendening - Joakim Andersson

Defence

Jonathan Ericsson - Niklas Kronwall

Kyle Quincey - Danny DeKeyser

Brendan Smith - Marek Zidlicky

Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek

Jimmy Howard

Scratched: Daniel Cleary, Jakub Kindl


2:30 PM: Get the full rundown on tonight's game against the Detroit Red Wings with Sens TV's Pre-Game Report...


1:45 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 Red Wings tonight...

On if Erik Karlsson is good to go for tonight's game after being absent from this morning's skate:

Yes.

On who will start in goal tonight:

Hammond.

On why he's going with Hammond against the Red Wings:

Gives us the best chance to win. Every line-up decision we make, that's what we base it on.

On what the team needs to do to get back in the win column:

Just play for 60 minutes. Everybody in. No passengers.

His thoughts on the Red Wings:

Real good team. They've got good personnel and are well coached.

On Gordie Howe celebrating his 87th birthday today:

He's a legend. When you're my age and you grow up watching hockey there were only 6 teams and he was at the forefront. Battling a few health issues but he seems to be doing reasonably well everything considered so that's good to see.


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


12:20 PM: The coach has named his starter for tonight...


11:30 AM: The boys are on the ice in Motown...


8:00 AM: The Ottawa Senators are in Detroit set to square off with the Red Wings tonight. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m.

The Sens are looking to bounce back after a couple of losses in a row most recently at the hands of the Florida Panthers on Sunday evening by a score of 4-2. Erik Karlsson and Jean-Gabriel Pageau provided the offence for the Sens while Craig Anderson made 33 saves in defeat. The Senators' record now sits at 37-26-12 and has them in 9th place in the Eastern Conference, trailing the Boston Bruins by 3 points for the final wildcard playoff spot.

The Red Wings host the Senators after a 5-4 loss to the Islanders in New York on Sunday. Tomas Tatar, Drew Miller, Niklas Kronwall and Pavel Datsyuk scored for Detroit while Petr Mrazek was replaced by Jimmy Howard after allowing 4 goals on just 11 shots. The Red Wings currently sport a record of 40-23-12 and are tied with the Washington Capitals with 92 points in the East.

This is the fourth and final meeting between these teams this season with Detroit earning a 3-2 overtime victory against the Sens in Ottawa back on December 27th, 2014. 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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