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Gameday Journal presented by Monarch Homes: Game 17 — Panthers vs. Senators

Saturday, 09.11.2013 / 9:45 AM
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Gameday Journal presented by Monarch Homes
Gameday Journal presented by Monarch Homes: Game 17 \u2014 Panthers vs. Senators

12:15 PM: Gord Wilson gets you set for puck drop with the best Sens game preview in the business.

12:10 PM: Today's Gameday Goodie talks to Mark Borowiecki who scored his first ever NHL goal on Thursday.

12:00 PM: Here are today's projected lineups for the Sens and Panthers...

Ottawa Senators

Forwards

MacArthur - Turris - Ryan

Greening - Spezza - Zibanejad

Michalek - Smith - Neil

Kassian - Grant - Conacher

Defence

Cowen - Karlsson

Methot - Borowiecki

Wiercioch - Phillips

Goaltenders

Lehner

Anderson

Florida Panthers

Forwards

Huberdeau - Bjugstad - Fleischmann

Upshall - Barkov - Boyes

Kopecky - Goc - Versteeg

Gomez - Matthias - Barch

Defence

Campbell - Gilbert

Kulikov - Weaver

Gudbranson - Gilroy

Goaltenders

Thomas

Clemmensen

11:50 AM: Here's what Sens head coach Paul MacLean had to say about today's tilt with the Panthers...

On today's lineup:

We're going to put Patrick Wiercioch in and take Eric Gryba out. Other than that everything is the same.

On getting Wiercioch back into the rotation:

More or less yeah, we'd like to get the puck moving a little better than we have and Patrick allows us to do that. They're both young players and they both need to play and they both need to work at their games and right now at this point today we feel Patrick gives us a good chance.

On the Panthers:

You would anticipate that there would be an upgrade in their — they're going to be more aggressive. I would assume they're going to be more aggressive. Any time coaching changes happen, it's a reflection on the whole group. We expect they're professional, they'll come out and they'll be much more aggressive and we have to be ready for that.

10:45 AM: The Sens have had their fair share of success against the Eastern conference after some early season struggles against the West. Here's what Bobby Ryan had to say about the difference...

On the success to this point vs the East:

Somebody told me it's a much different game, the Western teams grind a lot more and they grind differently. They grind through three zones and they make you earn the blueline a lot more than you think you see here in the Eastern conference. Truthfully it hasn't surprised me that early on they've been dominant like they have been. I think it may change over time, but right now I think it's just a Western league because they're outgrinding teams when they come in and they surprise you.

On the conference play altering approach:

Not really, no. It shouldn't — you might try to match things up a little differently to get some bigger guys against the better cycle guys in the Western conference but other than that, no. It doesn't change our X's and O's by any means.

9:45 AM: The Ottawa Senators will look to continue to be the clan in the front after 60 minutes today when they host the Florida Panthers. The Sens, as you surely know, are on a two game win streak at the moment after knocking off the Columbus Blue Jackets and Montreal Canadiens this week. What's more, Ottawa has yet to come away from a game without a point in November.

The Panthers have struggled to this point in the season and are one spot behind the Sens in the Atlantic division with a 3-9-4 record. They are 1-5-1 away from home to this point in the season.

Sens head coach Paul MacLean will address the media at 11:30 at Canadian Tire Centre and I'll have plenty of updates to follow including, but not limited to, lineup changes, players' thoughts on tonight's game, Sens TV updates, Instagram goodness and more.

Stay tuned!


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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
3 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
4 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
5 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
6 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
7 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
8 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 20 54 -15 74
J. Spezza 75 23 43 -26 66
K. Turris 82 26 32 22 58
C. MacArthur 79 24 31 12 55
B. Ryan 70 23 25 7 48
A. Hemsky 75 13 30 -15 43
M. Michalek 82 17 22 -25 39
M. Zibanejad 69 16 17 -15 33
M. Methot 75 6 17 0 23
P. Wiercioch 53 4 19 -1 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 25 16 8 .911 3.00
R. Lehner 12 15 6 .913 3.06