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Lined Up: Game #29 @ Sabres

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

There are still some decisions to be made closer to puck drop but here's what we know about the Sens line-up tonight in Buffalo.

The coach confirmed yesterday that Fredrik Claesson is set to return to the line-up tonight against the Sabres. Claesson, who has 1 goal in 24 games this season, has been the odd man out over the last 3 games on defence but remains upbeat as he prepares to rejoin his teammates in game action in Buffalo.

"Of course I want to play and be out there with the guys to try and help the team," said Claesson this morning. "But if the coaches think it's good for me to sit out, I'm going to be positive about it and try to help the team that way."

Tweet from @Media_Sens: #Sens HC Guy Boucher has reiterated to media that @Condibear1 will start in goal tonight @BuffaloSabres while @Classeman14 will also return to the lineup. The scratch will be determined.

Speaking of the coach, Guy Boucher also met with the media this morning but didn't have a lot of concrete answers regarding his line-up for tonight. The current hold-up rests with Nate Thompson who didn't participate in yesterday's practice in Buffalo after sustaining a hand injury after blocking a shot against the Sharks on Saturday.

"I have to wait and see with Thompson," shared Boucher. "If he's not ready to go then we'll go 11 & 7. We still might go 11 & 7 and take another forward out or we might go 12 & 6 so I really have to wait and see what I get from Thompson."

Thompson was able to take part in the team's optional skate this morning and the coach joked he's waiting for the medical staff to give him "the green light, the yellow light or the red light" for his availability tonight.

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In Goal

Mike Condon (2-2-4) gets the nod in net for the Sens tonight. Condon, who's most recent start came against the Kings this past Thursday, holds a 3-3-0 lifetime record against the Sabres with a save percentage of .920 over that span. 

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