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Gameday Journal presented by Monarch Homes: Game 66 — Canadiens vs. Senators

by Chris Lund / Ottawa Senators

4:30 PM: Get set for puck drop with Gord Wilson and ens TV.

4:00 PM: Today's Gameday Goodie is with Nathan Lawson who joined the team after his recall on Friday. Take a look...

3:30 PM: Kyle Turris offers his thoughts ahead of tonight's game, which is set to be his 300th game in the NHL. Take a look...

2:30 PM: Here are tonight's projected lineups for the Sens and Canadiens.

Ottawa Senators


Hemsky - Spezza - Michalek

MacArthur - Turris - Ryan

Hoffman - Zibanejad - Condra

Greening - Smith - Neil


Methot - Karlsson

Phillips - Ceci

Cowen - Gryba




Montreal Canadiens


Pacioretty - Desharnais - Vanek

Briere - Plekanec - Gionta

Galchenyuk - Eller - Gallagher

Moen - Prust - Weise


Markov - Emelin

Bouillon - Subban

Murray - Tinordi




2:15 PM: Robin Lehner gets the start in goal tonight. Here's what he had to say about the stretch run and tonight's game...

On the mindset down the stretch:

Desperation I guess. Like the last game we played we have to play the way we did in the third period. We can't wait for it, we have to go and get it right away, we have to get goals right away. We can't have a period off.

On overcoming rough starts:

It's back to basics. I think if we have a full team effort today it will sort itself out. We've got to play a bit better, we've got to have some desperation. We can't go back to that.

On the defensive woes:

We're a very skilled team and we want to be creative but we have to recognize where to be creative. You can't turn the puck over, I've got to be better, everybody has to be better. It has been a problem this season, we've been very creative and talented up front but we have work to do in the back and we have. We work really hard in practice to fix everything. We've just got to play with some desperation and I think we'll be fine.

1:45 PM: The Sens held their morning skate in Montreal today. Afterwards, Sens head coach Paul MacLean offered his thoughts after the skate. Here's what he had to say...

On the lineup:

Clarke MacArthur is going to go back in, Matt Kassian will come out, Robin will be the goalie. Andy skated today which is good, got a practice in, but Lawson will be the backup tonight.

On Anderson as a possibility for Sunday:

Well he practiced today so we'll see how he does now that he's off the ice. We'll make sure that everything is settled down. I think he's a possibility for tomorrow but right now we're going to have Lawson back up Robin for tonight.

On the depth of the four lines:

I guess this is the first time we've had this lineup together so that get us excited about the speed and the skill we're going to be able to play with. We're looking forward to seeing that tonight. The line combinations that we have have all had success together, the Turris group, Spezza's group, Smitty's group and now Mika with Hoffman and Condra we feel can give us another dimension and if we get some momentum continue to keep it up.

On the goals-against:

I think it's a reflection of how we've played all season long where we've turned over the puck too many times, we've played too much in our zone so as a result we've taken too many penalties. That's been the biggest bugaboo for us all year long. When we play well we execute with the puck, we play pretty well and we win. For us the execution with the puck and what happens after we turn it over is something we have been concentrating on since the break. Our reaction to the puck turning over and how we play.

10:00 AM: The Ottawa Senators get back at it tonight when they take on the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre tonight.

The Sens fell by a 4-3 score to the Nashville Predators in overtime on Monday. Jared Cowen, Marc Methot and Jason Spezza provided the offence. Craig Anderson stopped 22 shots before leaving the game with an injury. Robin Lehner stopped 12 of 13 in relief.

The Canadiens have put together a record of 35-25-7 in 67 games this season including an 18-11-5 mark at home. In their last game Montreal fell by a 4-1 score to the Boston Bruin at home.

The Sens are 2-0-1 in the three matchups they've played thus far.

The Sens will have their morning skate 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.

Stay tuned!

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