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Gameday Journal presented by Monarch Homes: Game 38 — Coyotes vs. Senators

Saturday, 12.21.2013 / 10:00 AM ET
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12:15 PM: Get set for puck drop with Gord Wilson and Sens TV...

12:10 PM: Today's Gameday Goodie talks with Cory Conacher about Christmas and his OT winner against Phoenix in October.

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

Ottawa Senators

Forwards

Conacher - Spezza - Michalek

MacArthur - Turris - Ryan

Kassian - Pageau - Condra

Greening - Smith - Neil

Defence

Methot - Karlsson

Phillips - Ceci

Cowen - Gryba

Goaltenders

Anderson

Lehner

Phoenix Coyotes

Forwards

Kennedy - Hanzal - Vrbata

Boedker - Vermette - Moss

Klinkhammer - Ribeiro - Brule

Chipchura - Halpern - Szwarz

Defence

Murphy - Ekman-Larsson

Yandle - Morris

Stone - Klesla

Goaltenders

Smith

Greiss

11:45 AM: Here's what Paul MacLean had to say ahead of today's game...

On Zibanejad:

Mika won't play today, he's still day-to-day with an upper body injury and we're going to keep him out today.

On lineup changes:

Not from yesterday. Craig is the goalie and Gryba is in for Corvo. Conacher will play in Mika's spot.

On what he wants to see:

Well we want to have another response. The game we played the other night against Florida, they had the game at 2-1 and I thought we did a lot of good things in that game, we have to continue to do things good as a group. As a team we haven't found our best game yet so we have to keep searching for that and searching for it we have to play the right way, play with the structure we need to and we also have to make sure we're here to work at it.

On Chris Neil on the PP:

We had Colin and Chris play some on the power play the other night just to try to get a presence at the net that's a constant presence as opposed to the shifting presence we've had at times during the regular season. Just to give the opposition a different look.

On the Coyotes:

They play a very good defensive game and they're very structured in how they play. Their goaltender has been very good, they depend on their defensive game to give them offence in terms of turning over pucks and creating odd man situations through the neutral zone so execution in the neutral zone is very important against Phoenix.

On the PK:

We're just unlucky, I don't know what it is, we do pressure, we're just not as good as we were. Our sticks aren't as good, our pressure isn't as good, I think we're a touch late. A lot of that happens when we don't clear the puck 200 feet and then if you're out there killing a two minute penalty for 40 seconds or a minute you're not pressuring anymore and if you do try to pressure fatigue is a factor and you're going to be late. Last year when we did things we won faceoffs, we got pucks out of our zone, we were always fresh when we were on the ice so you can challenge entries, you can apply pressure when you have energy and you're fresh on the ice. When your fatigue becomes a factor the other teams in this league are good and if they catch you and if you're out there and you're fatigued they're going to score. I think that has been a bigger issue with our penalty kill is not winning the faceoffs like we did and not clearing the puck like we have in the past has forced us to play on the ice longer…I think the goalie goes along with the fatigue…they're getting better looks if we're in our zone longer. I don't disagree that we didn't get the save but at the same time we're asking them to make more difficult saves than we did in the past.

10:00 AM: The Sens will look to get back in the win column today as they host the Phoenix Coyotes at Canadian Tire Centre.

The Sens are coming off of a 4-2 loss to the Florida Panthers on Thursday night when the team ran out of steam late after carrying the lead for most of the game. Chris Neil and Jason Spezza scored for the Sens while Craig Anderson stopped 31 shots in the loss.

The Coyotes are in the thick of the Pacific Division's playoff race with a record of 18-10-6 for 42 points this season. This past Thursday they came up short in a 2-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, the second game of their current four game road swing. The Sens topped Phoenix in their only other meeting this season in October, a 4-3 game that went to overtime.

Paul MacLean will speak to the media at 11:30 today 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 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
2 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
3 DET 53 27 18 8 133 131 62
4 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
5 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
6 OTT 54 25 23 6 153 166 56
7 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
8 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 54 11 48 9 59
B. Ryan 53 19 26 -2 45
M. Hoffman 50 23 18 5 41
M. Stone 52 16 25 -10 41
M. Zibanejad 53 11 22 -1 33
K. Turris 48 13 17 -11 30
J. Pageau 54 13 10 6 23
Z. Smith 53 11 5 7 16
C. Ceci 47 5 11 -1 16
C. Lazar 49 5 9 0 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 22 17 4 .914 2.86
A. Hammond 3 5 2 .900 3.10