Only one personnel change, a few line-up tweaks and the goalie rotation continuing to rotate are expected tonight against the Flames.
Sens head coach Guy Boucher met with the media this morning following an optional morning skate and noted that they'll be one change up front tonight. Max McCormick is set to re-enter the line-up after sitting out last night's game against the Sabres. As a result, Jim O'Brien will be the extra forward tonight and it's expected that Tom Pyatt will move into his spot as the centre on the fourth line.
No changes on defence but there was a close call with Fredrik Claesson who was a bit banged up after last night's tilt against Buffalo. Boucher shared the Claesson arrived to the rink this morning and was 100% and praised the 25-year-old defender for a strong showing on Thursday night. With everyone healthy, that means Erik Burgdoefer will once again be the extra defenceman this evening.
"That's the problem with Burgdoefer," said the coach. "We've got Harpur who's developing, and we need to develop him, who's playing with Ceci against the best players so we're going to continue giving those guys the reps. We're also not going to take Boro out...and I don't think we're going to take Chabot out...or Karlsson."
Video: Sens vs. Flames - Boucher pregame
Obviously there were no line rushes given the optional skate so here's our best guess at tonight's projected line-up:
Dzingel - Duchene - Hoffman
Ryan - Pageau - Stone
Paajarvi - Smith - Gaborik
McCormick - Pyatt - Burrows
Claesson - Karlsson
Harpur - Ceci
Borowiecki - Chabot
Mike Condon (4-12-5) gets the nod in net for the Senators tonight and despite dropping his last 5 starts, he's had some solid performances of late. Most recently, he stopped 25 of 27 against Arizona but ended up on the wrong side of a 2-1 decision. Condon has dealt with some issues regarding goal support this season and in his previous 3 starts, he's posted a .919 sv% and a 2.30 GAA but unfortunately the Sens were only able to muster up 5 goals of their own over that span and Condon went 0-2-1.