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Gameday Journal: Game 79 - Maple Leafs vs. Senators

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

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

Puckdrop: 7:30 p.m.

Jersey: Road White

Television: CITY, TVA

Radio: TSN 1200, Unique FM 94,5


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

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MAPLE LEAFS

Forwards

James van Riemsdyk – Tyler Bozak – Phil Kessel

Leo Komarov – Nazem Kadri – Joakim Lindstrom

David Booth – Trevor Smith – Joffrey Lupul

Casey Bailey – Zach Sill – Richard Panik

Defence

Eric Brewer – Dion Phaneuf

Jake Gardiner – Morgan Rielly

Tim Erixon – TJ Brennan

Goaltenders

Jonathan Bernier

James Reimer

Scratched: Brandon Kozun


2:15 PM: Get the full rundown on tonight's game with Gord Wilson and the Pre-Game Report...


1:30 PM: Sens head coach Dave Cameron offered up some pre-game thoughts from Toronto...

On if there will be changes to tonight's line-up:

Don't know. I've got some guys banged up but if everybody is healthy that played last night, they'll all go tonight.

On who will start in goal:

Hammond

On Methot's effect on Karlsson's play:

Methot's a good defenseman. Erik's an elite defenseman, Erik can play with anybody. Him and Marc do have some chemistry but he was playing quite well when Marc was out.

On selecting a starting goalie for back-to-back games:

Ride the hot hand.

On the team's loss in Toronto 8 days ago:

This time of year, you just don't know what you're going to get. You look at Chicago/Buffalo the other night; there's no gimmees. We have to continue to play the style that gives us the best chance to win.


#Sens TV also had a chance to talk with last night's overtime hero Kyle Turris. You can watch his comments here...


Finally, former Maple Leaf Clarke MacArthur also spent some time with the media today. Here are his pre-game thoughts...


12:00 PM: An update on tonight's line-up from the coach...


7:15 AM: The Ottawa Senators look for their fourth consecutive win tonight as they travel to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs. Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m.

The Sens are coming off a thrilling 4-3 overtime win against the Washington Capitals last night. Mark Stone, Clarke MacArthur and Mika Zibanejad all scored in regulation for the Sens which set the table for Kyle Turris to bury the game winner in the extra frame. Andrew Hammond was steady once again making 29 saves to earn the decision. Although the Sens have been earning points lately, they haven't been able to make up ground in the Eastern Conference Playoff Race. They are currently 3 points back of the Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins for the final wildcard spot.

The Leafs host Ottawa after a 2-1 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins last night. James van Riemsdyk scored the lone goal for the Buds while James Reimer made a career-high 50 saves in defeat. The Maple Leafs currently sit in second last place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 29-43-7.

These teams met just over a week ago in Toronto with the Leafs rallying to beat the Sens in overtime by a score of 4-3. You can watch highlights from that game here:

The Sens may have their morning skate shortly but either way I'll have plenty of updates including, but not limited to, lineup changes, players' thoughts, Sens TV videos, Instagram goodness and more.

Stay tuned!

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