4:30 PM: Get set for puck drop with Gord Wilson's game preview from Columbus.
3:45 PM: In today's Gameday Goodie, Gord Wilson talks to Marc Methot about his six years in Columbus.
3:15 PM: Sens TV caught up with Jared Cowen after this morning's skate. Here's what he had to say...
2:45 PM: Here are tonight's projected lineups for the Sens and Blue Jackets...
Columbus Blue Jackets
Dubinsky - Anisimov - Gaborik
Atkinson - Johansen - Umberger
Comeau - MacKenzie - Letestu
Collins - Chaput - Boll
Johnson - Murray
Tyutin - Wisniewski
Nikitin - Prout
MacArthur - Turris - Ryan
Greening - Spezza - Zibanejad
Michalek - Smith - Neil
Kassian - Grant - Conacher
Cowen - Karlsson
Methot - Borowiecki
Phillips - Gryba
2:05 PM: Here's what Sens head coach Paul MacLean had to say after today's morning skate...
On tonight's lineup:
Well Robin Lehner is the goalie and Eric Gryba is going to play and Patrick Wiercioch will come out.
On Craig Anderson:
Just like yesterday everything is positive, I think he was able to work out today and when we get back tomorrow we'll see how he is, but it's as positive as it can be right now.
On the team taking steps towards wins:
It's a place to start, obviously wins are — it goes up way faster by twos than by ones — but the state of our game, we believe, is getting better and we have to continue to work at it. We have to make sure we're here tonight. We have a difficult opponent and sometimes the most difficult opponent is ourselves. We have to battle that as well as the Blue Jackets and make sure that we stick to the game plan and stick to doing what we do and make sure that we do it right for 60 or 65 minutes.
On if they made less mistakes vs. Dallas:
I think so, but we still managed to shoot ourselves in the foot one or two times. We've been way better on the penalties we've been taking and I think our team play has been much better over the last two games for sure and we just have to keep working at it.
They're a hard working team from what I can see. They have depth at forward, they've got a lot of size to their group and Gaborik is still a pretty good player in my mind. This Johansen kid looks like a pretty good young player as well. Their defence has some size and mobility so they're going to be a handful.
On Robin Lehner:
Well if we could give him a few less shots we might have a better chance of winning because he has been very competitive in the net and his work ethic has been great. He has been a really good teammate and he's getting an opportunity now based on Craig's injury to be the goaltender and we have a lot of confidence in him.
On Turris playing the PP point:
I think right now if they're clicking they're even. I think they've given up a shorthanded goal and they've scored a goal so if that means they're clicking, they're clicking. But, mostly it's based on a fact of can we get our five best players on the ice? To have two power play units right now, we overplay Erik Karlsson if we do that, we play him a full two minutes on the power play which isn't really good and Patrick Wiercioch isn't going to be in the game tonight so we've had some struggles on the back end as far as guys to play the point on the power play. So, I mean, Kyle has done this in the past, we worked at it before we put it into a game and we work at again it every day and we're going to see how it works. It works real good for other teams.
On the approaching changing with McElhinney in goal instead of Bobrovsky:
I don't think initially, no. We just want to make sure we're shooting the puck.
On if he thought back to being considered for the Columbus job:
No, not one time.
On if Anderson was on the ice today:
I don't believe, but he was in the gym. That's my understanding…it's as positive as it could be.
On if he'll be ready for Thursday:
I'm not saying that, no. We'll go home tomorrow and see how he is.
1:45 PM: Sens defenceman Mark Borowiecki made his season debut on Sunday vs. Dallas. Here's what he had to say on his growth as a player and return to the NHL...
It was cool. It's always exciting, especially since everyone knows it's your hometown, that makes it a little bit extra special. No matter how many times you've played here or what game it is it's always nice, but I felt comfortable so it was good.
On his first game:
I felt strong, I felt confident — a lot more confident than I have in years past — I was kind of told why I was brought up here at this given time and I just kind of tried to stick to that, play hard physically and demand my share of the ice and make sure I'm tough to play against.
On his evolution:
I think there's a couple of big things. For me I've always been a player who runs off of confidence. I think the older I get the more situations I encounter and as a result I get more confident. I just feel 100 times more confident this year and I think that's big for me. I think I've evolved playing with the puck. I wasn't comfortable with the puck in years past and I worked on it a lot this summer, I worked on it in camp and I've really been working on it down there and I think it has translated really well for me.
On being the captain in Binghamton:
It's always a learning thing for a young guy who's wearing a letter and it's kind of a balancing act between being the vocal leader, but making sure you're taking care of your game too. I think it's kind of a good situation for me. It has forced me to learn on the fly how to lead but, like I said, make sure I'm at the top of my game too.
On taking on a big PK role immediately:
We try to keep our systems pretty similar between down there and the big club so the transition isn't too too tough. Obviously guys up here can make plays, that's just the bottom line, they can make plays guys in the American League don't make and you've really got to be sharp and focused on every shift. There's no time to catch your breath out there but, you know, it was good. The coaches up here showed some confidence in me up here and put me in some roles like that so I was pretty thankful for that.
On generating shorthanded chances:
I just think it's every guy knowing his responsibilities and, as a result of that, every guy being able to trust the other players on the ice. You never have to check over your shoulder and make sure your buddy is doing what he's supposed to do when you know where you're going to be out there and I think it worked.
11:50 AM: The Sens have wrapped up their morning skate at NWA.
10:30 AM: The Sens have arrived at Nationwide Arena...
9:30 AM: In a brief interlude from their home heavy schedule this month, the Ottawa Senators are in Columbus today to take on the Blue Jackets.
The Blue Jackets have had a tough slog to begin their Eastern Conference tenure, posting a 5-8-0 record, which includes a 3-4-0 mark within the friendly confines of Nationwide Arena.
The Sens will be hitting the ice for a morning skate today and I'll have plenty of updates to follow including, but not limited to, lineup changes, players' thoughts on tonight's game, Sens TV updates, Instagram goodness and more.
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