Gameday Journal presented by Monarch Homes: Game 17 — Panthers vs. Senators
12:10 PM: Today's Gameday Goodie talks to Mark Borowiecki who scored his first ever NHL goal on Thursday.
MacArthur - Turris - Ryan
Greening - Spezza - Zibanejad
Michalek - Smith - Neil
Kassian - Grant - Conacher
Cowen - Karlsson
Methot - Borowiecki
Wiercioch - Phillips
Huberdeau - Bjugstad - Fleischmann
Upshall - Barkov - Boyes
Kopecky - Goc - Versteeg
Gomez - Matthias - Barch
Campbell - Gilbert
Kulikov - Weaver
Gudbranson - Gilroy
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:
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.
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