Gameday Journal presented by Monarch Homes: Game 19 — Bruins vs. Senators
4:00 PM: Cory Conacher is the subject of today's Gameday Goodie. Today's topics include his Movember effort and going up against the biggest players in the NHL.
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3:15 PM: Clarke MacArthur has developed a lengthy personal history with Boston as a byproduct of his time in Toronto. He spoke about renewing acquaintances with the Bruins tonight. Here's what he had to say...
On the Sens recent struggles in Ottawa vs. Boston:
Well I think a lot of people have bad records against Boston over the last few years. They've got a good team. They're a team where it's not the same team as last year. They lost some veteran guys there and watching their game last night, they're a well structured team, they're a team where Columbus had their chances to score goals and it's a team where we're going to have to come out and be quick out of our end and you've got to be smart. You have to take your 50/50 shifts and when you get a chance to capitalize you've got to give it your best shot because they're a team where they're not going to give up a whole lot. They obviously have a great cycle game with the forwards they have there so we're going to have to have good support, move pucks right away and get out of our zone.
On the Bruins as a complete hockey team:
Yeah, that's what they are. They don't get to the finals every other year and make a good push every year for no reason. They've got good veterans there and it's going to be a good challenge for us tonight. I'm excited about the game.
On having something to prove after Tuesday:
We've got more to prove every night. You win three in a row and that's not good enough either just to win three in a row and then take a night off. We, as a team, we've got to strive to hit our goals every night. Whether you win or not every night is a different story but you've got to at least put the effort in to give yourself a chance to win the game. That's all we can ask, you want to put the effort in, do things right and give yourself the best chance to win and if you do that every night you're going to be playing in the spring.
On playing Boston after his history in Toronto:
Yeah we had some good rivalries with them and obviously it was a nightmare last year the way things ended up. Going into tonight you want to find a way to win these games. It's not about that anymore, that stuff's over, it's a different team now but we need points right now. You want to stay in the hunt and we've got to play the right style of game.
On respecting vs. hating the Bruins:
I think you get a little of both. Obviously you respect the team — taking me back to that game, I'm mad at you right now (laughs) — but they never gave up those last 10 minutes. They put the pressure on and — I need to get that out of my system — you have to respect them obviously. You want to play them hard, I don't want to give them an inch tonight obviously, but you've got to respect their team.
2:30 PM: Sens TV caught up with Chris Neil after today's practice to get his thoughts on facing the Bruins. Here's what he had to say...
2:00 PM: Craig Anderson will get the nod against the Bruins tonight. Here's what he had to say about returning to the crease on Friday...
On the Bruins:
They're a good team, they've been a good team for the last few years and it's definitely a good challenge for us. We have to make sure we're ready from start when they drop the puck and carry that through the game and make sure we're doing the things we want to do.
On what he wants to see from the team:
I'd like to see us come out and play the way we're capable of playing. I think we've showed all year that we can play and we need to find that consistency and pull it together for a full 60 minutes.
On getting back in after Tuesday:
Last game is gone and behind us, we have to move forward. If you have a good game, bad game, regardless of who you are, as a team you have to put games behind you and move forward. As a group we have to move forward and as a group we have to move forward and put the bad performance behind us and play well. You've got to build on it, you can't just rely on past performances.
MacArthur - Turris - Ryan
Michalek - Spezza - Conacher
Greening - Smith - Neil
Kassian - Grant - Zibanejad
Methot - Karlsson
Phillips - Borowiecki
Cowen - Gryba
Marchand - Bergeron - Eriksson
Lucic - Krejci - Iginla
Soderberg - Kelly - Smith
Paille - Campbell - Thornton
Chara - Hamilton
Seidenberg - Krug
Bartkowski - Boychuk
12:00 PM: Here's what Paul MacLean had to say after today's morning skate...
On tonight's starting goaltender:
Craig Anderson is the goalie, yes.
On other lineup changes:
Yes (Chris Phillips is in). Condra, no.
On the scratches:
Wiercioch and Corvo are out, yes.
On why Anderson gets the start:
Craig's the number one goalie... It came up heads? I don't know what you want me to say. Craig's the goalie.
And got a little shootout work in before it was all said and done...
The Sens are coming off of a tough loss to the Philadelphia Flyers which moved their record in the month of November to 3-1-2. Tonight's matchup against the Bruins will be the first between these two this season.
The Bruins look to be one of the strongest teams in the Eastern Conference once again this season. Through 18 games they have a 12-5-1 record, including a 4-2-0 mark away from home. They went the distance on Thursday night, winning a 3-2 decision with 49 seconds to play in overtime against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The Sens will hit the ice at 10:15 AM for their morning skate 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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