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Lined Up: Game #71 vs Blue Jackets

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

Don't mess with success, that's Sens head coach Guy Boucher's strategy as he gets his line-up ready for tonight's game against the Blue Jackets.

After an exciting win over the Dallas Stars last night, marking their thrid consecutive victory, the coach is sticking with what works and will deploy the same line-up again tonight in Columbus.

"I like how we're developing some chemistry with guys and I think the players are on the same page," said Boucher. "We're beating a lot of top teams right now and you think we're getting lucky but it's not that at all. The guys are playing hard and playing well."

The Sens knocked off a pair of the league's hottest team in the Panthers and Lightning earlier this week and even though a post-season berth is a mathematical long-shot, the coach looks at the remainder of this season as an opportunity to continue the team's progression.

"Even if you're having a tougher season, it doesn't mean you aren't moving forward," Boucher continued. "So we're moving forward and we want to continue doing that until the end of the year."

Part of the path towards next season is figuring out potential line combinations and as a result of players moving on or being injured, there are opportunities to be had right now.

"You look at Duchene and Hoffman and that line was good with Colin White on it. Now we've put Dzingel there and all of a sudden it's looking terrific," shared Boucher. "We had Burrows there (in place of Stone) and that produced a goal against Tampa and we've had Gaborik there also so we're going to keep figuring that out."

Video: Sens vs. Blue Jackets - Boucher pre-game

With no changes expected to the Sens' line-up, here's a look at the projected forward lines and defence pairings for tonight...


In Goal

Mike Condon (5-13-5) gets the start in the team's second half of their 17th back-to-back of the season. Condon has been great in his last 5 starts racking up a .923 save percentage over that span and is coming off a 7-4 win over the Lightning on Tuesday where he turned aside 42 of 46 shots to pick up the decision.

"Our goaltenders have gotten their game back," said Boucher. "And we're getting the results."


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