Lots of moving parts today. Here's everything we know about the Sens line-up before tonight's game against the Flyers.
We'll start with the roster moves that the Sens made yesterday. Prior to their practice, Logan Brown, who skated in 4 games for the Senators this season, was returned to the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL.
"He's going to have to be the guy and improve his speed, his timing, stamina, defensive game and face-offs, all the pro-details that he needs to have next year," said head coach Guy Boucher yesterday about Brown heading back to Junior. "He's got all the information he needs to go back and be the guy."
With Brown heading back to the OHL and the bevy of injuries the Senators have up front, Jack Rodewald and Filip Chlapik have been recalled from Belleville. The coach confirmed earlier today that Chlapik will be in the line-up tonight to make his NHL debut but Rodewald's participation will depend on the formation that is deployed (12 & 6 means he's in, 11 & 7 means he's out).
"It's a dream come true," said Chlapik about his impending NHL debut. "When the coach told me yesterday I started laughing because you start remembering all these thoughts from when you are young. Now I have the chance to play my first NHL game so it's an amazing moment."
Max McCormick will also draw into the line-up tonight for his first game of the season. McCormick has skated in 27 games for the Senators over the past two season compiling 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists) over that span.
We shared some detailed updates on injuries in today's Game Day 5 but the gist of it for tonight's game is that Kyle Turris (day-to-day with the flu), Zack Smith (day-to-day) and Bobby Ryan (out at least a month) won't play tonight. Turris has also been ruled out for tomorrow's game in New Jersey while Smith could be ready to return against the Devils.
I usually like to try and add in some kind of projected line-up but, as the coach shared with the media this morning, that doesn't seem like it's going to happen.
"I'd say good luck normally with our full team and how about it's impossible for you right now," joked Boucher about projecting his forward lines for tonight. "The reality is, even right now, I'm tempted to try Dzingel with Brassard and Stone. I have no clue what that's going to give us...I just know I like the three players. But do they fit together? Are they going to be a good match-up for the guys that I'm going to play them against? That's what we'll find out in the first 5-10 minutes."
As usual, lots of good stuff from the coach this morning. Here's his full media availability courtesy of Sens TV:
Video: Oct 26: Sens vs. Flyers - Guy Boucher Pregame
Craig Anderson (3-1-3) starts in net for the Senators tonight. Anderson is coming off a 6-3 win against the Maple Leafs on Saturday where he stopped 28 of 31 to earn the team's first win on home ice this season.