Looking for details on the Sens line-up for tonight? You're in the right place. Here's everything we know before puck drop against the Kings.
Unfortunately, today's notes start with a rash of injury updates so to keep everything succinct, I'm invoking bulletpoints for this one:
- Mark Borowiecki, who rejoined practice yesterday, will be a game-time decision tonight.
- Bobby Ryan suffered a broken finger in Saturday's win against Toronto and will be sidelined for at least a month.
- Zack Smith could be cleared by doctors as early as Thursday meaning he might be ready to return as early as Friday's game in New Jersey.
- Colin White has been skating with the team without a non-contact jersey for a few days and could be nearing a return to action as well.
- There's no real timeline for Ben Harpur's return but he did resume skating last week in a non-contact jersey.
As a result of all these injuries, Max McCormick was recalled from Belleville yesterday. McCormick, who signed a two-year contract extension with Ottawa during the offseason, has appeared in 27 games for the Senators over the past two seasons recording 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists) over that span.
The line-up for tonight will ultimately depend on Borowiecki's availability. If he is cleared and can play the Sens will roll with 11 forwards and 7 defencemen but if Borowiecki is unable to join the team tonight then McCormick will play in the more traditional 12 forwards and 6 defenceman deployment.
What does that mean for lines? Well the coach addressed that yesterday.
"We're going to figure out as the game goes on what's best," said Boucher about his forwards. "It's going to be a mishmash of lines so I wouldn't bother writing them down because they won't last very long I can tell you that right now."
Welp. My job is kind of to write the lines down (so with a giant grain of salt), here's a look at the lines and pairings from yesterday's skate...
Burrows - Brassard - Stone
Thompson - Turris - Dzingel
Hoffman - Pageau - Pyatt
DiDomenico - Brown - White (injured)
Oduya - Karlsson
Phaneuf - Ceci
Claesson - Wideman
Mike Condon (1-0-0) gets the nod in net for the Senators as they host the Los Angeles Kings tonight. Condon's only other appearance this season was a 6-1, 35 save performance against the Oilers back on Oct. 14th in Edmonton.