As we get set for puck drop tonight against the Sabres, here's a look at how the Sens line-up is shaping up.
Only one change has been confirmed by the coach this morning and that's the return of Tom Pyatt up front. We got an update from Pyatt in today's Game Day 5 but after missing his first regular season game as a Senator thanks to the flu in Dallas, he's all set to return to action tonight.
Pyatt's availability means that Max McCormick will be the extra forward tonight and also results in some mild line-juggling. McCormick's spot on the 4th line is expected to be filled by Marian Gaborik, who adds an offensive threat to the checking unit, while Pyatt is expected to play on a line with Zack Smith and Magnus Paajarvi.
Sens head coach Guy Boucher spoke about his forward lines following the morning skate and shared that the Paajarvi-Smith-Pyatt line is likely draw the match-up against the Sabres' top line. Typically that's been a role that Jean-Gabriel Pageau has thrived in but since the departure of Derick Brassard, Pageau is finding success in the top 6.
"We've got two lines that can do damage offensively," said the coach about his forwards. "What I have to do at home is make up another line that will play against their first line. That's why we have Smith-Paajarvi-Pyatt and we'll see what that looks like."
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With that, here's a look at the Sens projected line-up for tonight...
Craig Anderson (19-20-5) gets the nod in net tonight as he looks for his third straight decision. Anderson was great in his most recent start on Monday turning aside 31 of the 33 shots he faced to pick up the overtime win in Dallas. With another game on the schedule for tomorrow, Mike Condon, who will back up tonight, is probable to start against the Flames on Friday.