The Sens will have a few new faces in the line-up tonight when they host the Florida Panthers at Canadian Tire Centre.
After recalling Filip Chlapik yesterday, the Sens have also called up Jim O'Brien and Patrick Sieloff from Belleville and all three players are expected to draw into the line-up in place of Ryan Dzingel (day-to-day) and Erik Karlsson (personal).
Chlapik is set to centre a line with Bobby Ryan and Marian Gaborik as the young forward has earned an opportunity to play a more offensive role with the big club. He currently leads Belleville in scoring this season and has been one of their most consistent AHL forwards over the past few weeks.
"It's been a long time now that he's ben perceived as the best player down there," said head coach Guy Boucher this morning. "He has been really earning his way back so this isn't a hopeful tryout thing, this is a deserved thing."
O'Brien, who was returned to Belleville over the weekend, makes the trip right back to Ottawa tonight and it looks like he'll resume his role down the middle, flanked by Max McCormick and Alex Burrows on the 4th line.
This marks the first NHL recall for Patrick Sieloff with the Senators after spending the last two seasons with the team's AHL affliate. Sieloff is a name the Boucher has heard a lot this season when comtemplating call-ups but it was his consistency in Belleville over the past few months that finally earned him the opportunity.
"His name has been coming up since Christmas time on a regular basis," Boucher said about the reports on Sieloff. "They were just waiting for him to be consistent."
With that, here's a look at the Sens' projected lines and pairings for tonight:
After a few days off, Dzingel skated with the team this morning in a non-contact jersey and provided an update on his status after leaving Saturday's game after being hit in the back of the head with a puck.
"It's a game of inches and I think someone was watching over me there," shared Dzingel. "That's the second time in two years that I've taken a slap shot to the head. Luckily I turned and if I hadn't done that it could have been a lot worse."
Naturally, the first concern was that Dzingel may have suffered a concussion but the young winger was fortunate that his helmet took the brunt of the impact from Mike Hoffman's point shot.
"It caught me at the bottom of my helmet so I've got a bruise," Dzingel said. "I watched the replay in slow motion and it was pretty scary for my family and friends but thankfully I feel great."
For the second time in 8 days, Craig Anderson (21-20-6) gets the start in goal for the Sens against the Panthers. Anderson has won 4 of his last 5 starts including the aforementioned game in Sunrise last week against his former club. The Sens starter has really found his game in the second half of the season and has compiled a record of 9-3-1 since February 1st.