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GAME DAY JOURNAL

Gameday Journal presented by Monarch Homes: Game 52 — Hurricanes vs. Senators

Saturday, 25.01.2014 / 10:00 AM

11:15 AM: Get set for puck drop with Gord Wilson and Sens TV.

11:00 AM: Today's Gameday Goodie talks to Erik Karlsson about tonight's Sens Soirée, fashion and memories in Carolina.

10:45 AM: Here are today's projected lineups for the Sens and Hurricanes.

Ottawa Senators

Forwards

MacArthur - Turris - Ryan

Michalek - Spezza - Zibanejad

Greening - Smith - Neil

Conacher - Da Costa - Condra

Defence

Cowen - Karlsson

Phillips - Ceci

Methot - Gryba

Goaltenders

Lehner

Anderson

Carolina Hurricanes

Forwards

Tlusty - E. Staal - Semin

Skinner - J. Staal - Lindholm

Dvorak - Nash - Ruutu

Gerbe - Malhotra - Bowman

Defence

Faulk - Sekera

Liles - Hainsey

Komisarek - Harrison

Goaltenders

Khudobin

Peters

10:30 AM: Here's what Paul MacLean had to say ahead of today's game...

On lineup changes from yesterday's practice:

Nothing at this point in time, Erik and Cody are ready to go and Robin will be the goalie.

On Methot:

He's one of our top four defencemen, we just want to see him play that way. Come in, he's healthy again, and just play his game and not try things you're not supposed to do or can't do. Just be Marc Methot that's all we need... make a good first pass and play physical.

On the Smith line:

We like playing them together. At times circumstances dictate we play them apart but for the most part it's a good comfort to know you can go back to it and we've done that numerous times. When a goal is scored for or against or we need some momentum shifted we put them back together and play them... I think it's their physicality. They play a simple game and they finish checks.

10:15 AM: From yesterday, Cory Conacher talks about the challenges of preparing for a noon puck drop.

10:00 AM: The Ottawa Senators will look to continue picking up points on the road today when they take on the Carolina Hurricanes at noon.

The Senators followed up a win on Tuesday with a shootout loss in Tampa Bay on Thursday night. The Sens got goals from Erik Karlsson, Clarke MacArthur and Chris Neil (the 100th of his career) in regulation but ultimately couldn't break through in the shootout.

The Hurricanes are in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race with a record of 22-19-9 in 50 games thus far and have amassed an 11-10-5 mark in Raleigh this season. They are also one of the hottest teams in the NHL at the moment with a 7-3-0 record in their last 10.

Paul MacLean will briefly speak with the media this morning 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 MTL 23 16 6 1 61 57 33
2 TBL 23 15 6 2 81 63 32
3 DET 22 12 5 5 64 54 29
4 BOS 23 13 9 1 59 57 27
5 TOR 22 11 8 3 70 67 25
6 OTT 21 10 7 4 58 56 24
7 FLA 20 8 6 6 42 51 22
8 BUF 22 6 14 2 37 72 14

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 21 6 10 -3 16
C. MacArthur 21 8 7 -2 15
K. Turris 21 4 10 -2 14
B. Ryan 20 5 8 0 13
A. Chiasson 18 6 5 -3 11
M. Hoffman 18 7 3 8 10
M. Stone 20 5 5 3 10
M. Michalek 20 2 5 -1 7
C. Ceci 21 0 7 3 7
M. Zibanejad 20 3 3 -1 6
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 5 4 3 .932 2.38
R. Lehner 5 3 1 .918 2.73