The Sens are set to kick off the NHL Global series today against the Avalanche and here's everything we know about their line-up prior to puck drop in Stockholm.
We'll start with a reminder on the roster additions that were made prior to traveling to Sweden as both Nick Paul and Marcus Hogberg joined the Sens for their lengthy road trip. Hogberg will serve as the team's third goalie this weekend and is unlikely to see any game action in his home country but Paul could draw into the line-up as early as today.
"We'll decide after warm-up," said head coach Guy Boucher after the morning skate. "We're trying to get Harpur in and Rodewald will be out so if we go with 12 forwards Nick Paul will be in."
Probably the most notable addition is the recently acquired Matt Duchene who is set to play in his first game with the Senators against a very familiar opponent. With all the potential distractions surrounding today's game for Duchene, Boucher is looking for his new pivot to block out as much as he can.
"What we would like is the least emotion possible on his part," Boucher shared about Duchene. "It's a game in Sweden which is different, it's a time change which is also different, different team, different system, he's playing against his old team...there's obviously a lot of things that he has to manage mentally and emotionally. We've talked about it and he's definitely going to have to put that aside and focus on the task."
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How does the addition of Duchene effect the line-up? We won't know for sure until after warm-up but in the meantime, here's a look at the lines from practice this week:
Dzingel - Brassard - Stone
Smith - Duchene - Hoffman
Pyatt - Pageau - Burrows
DiDomenico - Thompson - Paul/Rodewald
Claesson - Karlsson
Oduya - Phaneuf
Wideman/Harpur - Ceci
Craig Anderson (5-3-3) gets the nod in net for the Senators today. After a strong start to the season, Anderson has stumbled a little bit recently surrendering 5+ goals in 2 of his last 3 starts. The good news is that Anderson has been very strong against his former club winning 4 of his last 5 starts against the Avalanche including a pair of games in March last season.