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Gameday Journal presented by Monarch Homes: Game 46 — Predators vs. Senators

Saturday, 11.01.2014 / 11:00 AM

5:00 PM: Get set for puck drop with Gord Wilson and Sens TV.

4:30 PM: Today's Gameday Goodie talks to Chris Phillips about the last time he played the Predators — his 1000th NHL game — in which he scored two goals.

4:00 PM: Sens TV caught up with the Sens equipment staff in Nashville with Assistant Equipment Manager John "Woody" Gervais set to work his 1000th game.

Take a look...

3:45 PM: Here's what Zack Smith had to say ahead of tonight's game in Nashville.

3:00 PM: Here are tonight's projected lineups for the Sens and Predators...

Ottawa Senators

Forwards

Michalek - Zibanejad - Conacher

MacArthur - Turris - Ryan

Smith - Spezza - Stone

Greening - Pageau - Condra

Defence

Cowen -

Karlsson

Methot - Ceci

Phillips - Corvo

Goaltenders

Anderson

Lehner

Nashville Predators

Forwards

Wilson - Fisher - Nystrom

Clune - Cullen - Hendricks

Spaling - Legwand - Smith

Bourque - Gaustad - Stalberg

Defence

Weber - Josi

Ekholm - Jones

Klein - Ellis

Goaltenders

Mazanec

Hutton

1:15 PM: Sens head coach Paul MacLean offered his lineup updates after today's morning skate and gave his thoughts on the game ahead with the Predators. Here's what he had to say...

On the lineup:

We're going to put Pageau back in and take Matt Kassian out. Joe Corvo will play on the blueline for Eric Gryba. Our schedule doesn't allow us a ton of games so we want to make sure we keep everybody ready to go.

On the absence of the physical presence of Neil and Kassian:

I think with the Nashville team, that's not something they're known for, they're more of a hard-working up and down team game type of group. We feel the penalty killing with Pageau will give us a little bit more team speed and we'll be able to — we want to see tonight if we can set the pace or tempo of the game by skating.

On the early message in the game:

I think this is a game we want to skate, this is a team that they can play very good in the neutral zone and their team game is very good, their structure is very good and if you don't skate and get going with it they can frustrate you and stymie you so skating and playing with speed and tempo is a big part of the game tonight and a big reason why our lineup is the way it is.

11:30 AM: The Sens have hit the ice in Nashville.

11:00 AM: It's game day in Nashville and the Sens will be looking to make a return to the win column tonight when they take on the Predators at Bridgestone Arena.

The Senators are coming off of a tough overtime loss to the Colorado Avalanche. Despite controlling the game for the majority of three periods, the Sens couldn't get the bounces they needed late and ultimately fell 4-3 after a late push from the Avs. Clarke MacArthur, Jason Spezza and Kyle Turris were the goal scorers while Craig Anderson made 26 stops in the loss.

The Predators have struggled this season, posting a 19-22-6 record in 45 games for 44 points and sixth in the Central Division. With that said, they have been good at home, posting an 11-9-3 record in 23 contests. In their last game they dropped a 4-3 decision to the Anaheim Ducks at home.

The Sens will hit the ice for their morning skate at 10:30 today (11:30 ET) 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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STANDINGS

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
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