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GAME DAY JOURNAL

Gameday Journal presented by Monarch Homes: Game 34 — Kings vs. Senators

Saturday, 12.14.2013 / 10:00 AM ET
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Gameday Journal 2013-14 presented by Monarch Homes
Gameday Journal presented by Monarch Homes: Game 34 \u2014 Kings vs. Senators

12:20 PM: Get set for puck drop with Gord Wilson and Sens TV...

12:15 PM: Here are today's projected lineups for the Sens and Kings...

Ottawa Senators

Forwards

MacArthur - Spezza - Condra

Conacher - Turris - Ryan

Greening - Pageau - Neil

Michalek - Smith - Zibanejad

Defence

Corvo - Karlsson

Phillips - Ceci

Gryba - Wiercioch

Goaltenders

Anderson

Lehner

Los Angeles Kings

Forwards

King - Kopitar - Carter

Brown - Stoll - Williams

Clifford - Richards - Toffoli

Carcillo - Fraser - Nolan

Defence

Muzzin - Doughty

Regehr - Voynov

Martinez - Mitchell

Goaltenders

Jones

Scrivens

12:00 PM: Here's what Paul MacLean had to say ahead of today's game...

On today's lineup:

We don't anticipate any changes to the lineup at this point in time.

On Phillips getting a green light after a blocked shot in practice:

It appears that way. At this point it looks like our lineup will stay the same.

On Marc Methot:

He's here today and he's working out but we're going to see how he is, he hasn't skated for a couple of days and he has been dehydrated because of it. We're going to really make sure before we do anything with him as far as getting him back in. It appears like he's on the road to recovery.

On the Kings:

They're a very difficult team to play against. They do things — they play the game very simple but they play it physically. Their goaltenders have been very good, they're a good defensive team, they don't give up a lot and they really make you work for your opportunities much like the Boston Bruins. They wait you out and wait you out and wait for you to force something and then they take advantage of it.

11:00 AM: Today's Gameday Goodie talks with Jason Spezza about pre-game rituals and the "inner circle" ritual with himself, Erik Karlsson and Chris Phillips.

10:00 AM: It's gameday here in brisk Ottawa and the Sens are getting ready for a Saturday afternoon tilt with the Los Angeles Kings.

The Sens are on a four game point streak and have earned points in five of their seven games in the month of December with the most recent coming on Thursday night in a 2-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres. Bobby Ryan and Zack Smith provided the goals for the Sens on the night while Craig Anderson led the charge with 40 saves.

The Kings are 21-7-4 in 32 games this season, which is good for 46 points and a tie with the San Jose Sharks for second in the Pacific Division. They are 11-3-2 away from home this season and have allowed a league low 63 goals. In their first meeting this season, the Kings defeated the Sens by a 4-3 score in the shootout.

Paul MacLean will address the media at 10:15 AM 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 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
2 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
3 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
4 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
5 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
6 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
7 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
8 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 82 21 45 7 66
M. Stone 80 26 38 21 64
K. Turris 82 24 40 5 64
B. Ryan 78 18 36 5 54
M. Hoffman 79 27 21 16 48
M. Zibanejad 80 20 26 0 46
C. MacArthur 62 16 20 -6 36
M. Michalek 66 13 21 3 34
D. Legwand 80 9 18 1 27
A. Chiasson 76 11 15 -5 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 14 13 8 .923 2.49
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02