With a playoff spot in the bag, the Ottawa Senators went out on Saturday night with the intention of climbing the Eastern Conference standings for the best seed possible. However, another performance that included drastically outshooting the opponent wasn't enough as they came out on the wrong end of a 2-1 decision.
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It's Fan Appreciation Day at Scotiabank Place as the Sens close out their home regular season schedule ahead of a trip to Boston on Sunday. This game will have an impact on the standings so, while the Sens have clinched their playoff spot, a win tonight would be big.
With a game remaining on the schedule after tonight, this will likely be the last time the Sens' full compliment of regulars take the ice together until game one of the Eastern Conference playoffs next week.
Paul MacLean is expected to sit a handful of his players tomorrow when the Sens take on the Bruins, but tonight will see the same lineup as Thursday's win over Washington with one alteration: Matt Kassian checks in for Guillaume Latendresse.
When asked if the switch was because "It's Philly and they're a more physical team," MacLean replied, "Yes. And yes."
Here's how the Sens will line up to start...
It won't be a surprise to anyone tonight that Craig Anderson will start in goal tonight when the Sens are introduced for their final regular season home game in 2013.
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It's no secret that we here inside Scotiabank Place have a high opinion of the Sens Army. Go figure, right?
Well, during last night's game vs. Washington, Sens fans upped the ante even more with their "Money on the Board" cause, which donates money to the Sens Foundation based on happenings that take place in Sens games.
There's no official count of which NHL team is best represented on Twitter, but the Sens stack up very well league-wide when it comes to expressing themselves in 140 characters or less.
The team's Twitter count went up one last night when man, myth, legend, captain Daniel Alfredsson joined the social network sweeping the world one hashtag at a time.
You want to see a team that knows it got the job done? Look no further than the video below.
Sens TV got the exclusive footage last night when the Sens clinched their playoff berth and followed the team into the room for the post-game cheers and speech from the captain.
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