Game Day 5

1. The set up:

It's the third and final meeting between the Senators and Penguins as the Senators look to pull off the season sweep and get back into the win column after falling in seven straight. The last time these two faced off it was Tim Stützle who played the overtime hero to send the Sens into the Christmas break on a winning note.

PIT@OTT: Stutzle scores goal against Alex Nedeljkovic

These two sides come into this match up looking a little different than the last time they met as the Senators are without Vladimir Tarasenko and the Penguins without Jake Guentzel following moves made at the trade deadline.

The Penguins come into this one eight points out of a playoff position and looking to regain their footing following three big losses to the Oilers, Bruins, and Capitals in the last week. Led by captain Sidney Crosby in the midst of an age defying season boasting 32 goals in season 19, the Penguins will lean on their veteran leadership to right the ship.

2. Roster report:

The Senators took some blows during their recent road trip losing Thomas Chabot, Zack MacEwen, Matthew Highmore, and Rourke Chartier to injury after Josh Norris and Travis Hamonic suffered injuries in the week leading up to the road trip. With all of that, the Senators have recalled Jiri Smejkal, Max Guenette, and as of this morning Zack Ostapchuk who is set to make his NHL debut tonight. Below is how the Senators lined up for morning skate at Canadian Tire Centre:

Projected Lines Article

3. Who to watch:

Anytime a player makes their NHL debut it's hard not to keep a watchful eye on them, as will be the case tonight as Zack Ostapchuk hits the ice for the first time as an NHL player. Ostapchuk has established himself as a physical forward with a lot of skill in his first professional season in Belleville. In 56 career AHL games he has scored 13 goals and has 22 total points.

""Don't change anything," said Jacques Martin when asked what his advice to Zack Ostapchuk would be ahead of his NHL debut. "It doesn't matter what level, play within your strength, play your game, be yourself."

4. Chris Phillips retirement card giveaway:

Collectors in attendance at Canadian Tire Centre tonight will have a chance to add a unique piece to their collection. The first 500 fans who spend $20 at the Upper Deck store at Canadian Tire Centre tonight will have the chance to receive a limited edition signed Chris Phillips jersey retirement card. Get there quick as supply is limited!

5. Where to watch:

For fans not at Canadian Tire Centre tonight, the game can be found live on TSN5 in English and RDS2 in French. Additionally, TSN1200 and Unique FM 94,5 have you covered on the radio with the English and French calls.