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Pre-season Primer: Game #3 vs. Montreal

by Craig Medaglia @craigmedaglia / Ottawa Senators

The Sens have an opportunity to improve their pre-season record to a perfect 3-0 tonight when they host the Montreal Canadiens at 7 p.m.


No goalie split tonight as Craig Anderson will start in goal for the Senators and is expected to play the entire game against the Canadiens. Anderson saw a half of action in the team's pre-season opener against the Maple Leafs earlier this week, stopping 15 of the 16 shots he faced to help the Sens to a 6-2 win. Andrew Hammond draws the back-up duties this evening.

Tweet from @Senators: The coach confirms that Craig Anderson will start in goal tonight against the Canadiens and expects he will play the full game.


Here's a look at how the forwards and defence should look for tonight's game:

Stone - Brown - Ryan
Hoffman - Chlapik - Smith
Formenton - VandeVelde - Blunden
McCormick - Reinhart - Randell

Oduya - Ceci
Borowiecki - Chabot
Lajoie - Wideman

As the lines above indicate, a pair of prospects have earned auditions in the top 6 tonight as Logan Brown and Filip Chlapik continue to impress during training camp.

"I think Brown and Chlapik have done really, really well, both of them. Right now it's an opportunity to take out Turris and Pageau, obviously Brassard is out. I think those guys are high end offense and hockey IQ's and let's put them there," said Boucher during his morning media availability. "I might flip flop them after a period and make them play with the other guys so I can see what they can do. I think you want to give those offensive players a chance to show what they got offensively and to see if they're reliable enough defensively to back up our high end offensive guys in the O-zone."

You can find tonight's full game roster here.

There was also a familiar face out for the team's skate this morning as captain Erik Karlsson hit the ice for the first time with the Sens during training camp. Karlsson continues to recover from off-season ankle surgery but his appearence at practice on Saturday means he's cleared another hurdle as he sets his eyes on a return early in the regular season.

Instagram from @erikkarlsson65: �� back at it.

The Sens also reduced their training camp roster by 22 players today. You can find all those details here.

Chabot getting comfortable on the right side

On transitioning his game to the right side:

At first, it's kind of hard obviously because of the level. Everything's faster up here, right? It's not something new for me though, this is something I've been through in Junior where I played on the right side. As a lefty, playing on the left side is always easier because you've got everything on your forehand. As soon as you get it, you've got the play in front of you on your forehand. Sometimes on the right side, you'll get it on your backhand and then you have to get it on your forehand but since the start of camp I've been on the right side so it's something I've gotten used too. Now I feel pretty comfortable there.

How the right side defenceman is used in the Sens' system:

In coach Boucher's system, playing on the right side you're always a little bit more behind so you always get the puck a little bit more and more time. You're the guy that's going to pick it up in the corner so that's something that's part of my game and I'm good at it. I'm trying to learn everything so the first day of training camp I told myself that whatever role I'm going to get on this team, I'm going to take it and make the best out of it. Right now, I'm working a lot on getting used to being in the right side and I'm going to keep focusing on that for now. 

Where to Watch

Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. tonight at Canadian Tire Centre and you can secure your seats for the team's final home pre-season game right here.

Can't make it to CTC? Be sure to catch tonight's broadcast on TSN5 and RDS or tune in on the radio on TSN 1200.

Tweet from @Senators: It's a #Sens pre-season game day!The puck drops tonight against the Habs at @CdnTireCtr at 7 p.m. BE THERE:

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