Gameday Journal presented by Monarch Homes: Game 55 — Maple Leafs vs. Senators
3:00 PM: Today's Gameday Goodie talks to Clarke MacArthur about his likes and dislikes in his three former NHL homes: Buffalo, Atlanta and Toronto.
2:45 PM: Here's what Patrick Wiercioch had to say about tonight's game.
2:15 PM: Here are tonight's projected lineups for the Maple Leafs and Senators.
MacArthur - Turris - Ryan
Greening - Spezza - Michalek
Conacher - Zibanejad - Condra
Kassian - Smith - Neil
Cowen - Karlsson
Methot - Gryba
Wiercioch - Ceci
Toronto Maple Leafs
van Riemsdyk - Bozak - Kessel
Lupul - Kadri - Kulemin
Raymond - McKegg - Bodie
McLaren - McClement - Orr
Gunnarsson - Phaneuf
Franson - Gleason
Gardiner - Rielly
2:00 PM: Here's what Paul MacLean had to say after today's morning skate in Toronto.
On the lineup:
On building off of the Tampa game tonight:
A 5-1 lead would be very nice to have but that doesn't always happen in the fashion we'd like it to be or as quickly as we'd like it to be and we don't expect it to be that way tonight either. I thought our team played with much more consistency the other night, I thought we played fast and when we do that we're a good team.
On the team's play in January:
I think our overall team game was good, our structure was good, I thought our special teams was a big part of it and as a result our goaltending was able to keep up with the amount of goals that we scored.
On tonight as a statement game:
I'm not sure if it's a statement game, it's our next game. Every game in the whole league right now leading into the Olympic break seems to have huge repercussions on the standings every night, so I'm not sure this one is any bigger than the one that was played last night in Carolina or the next one we're going to play in Pittsburgh, but this is the one we're playing so it's the biggest game of the year and any time you play the Leafs in Toronto and you're the Senators, you can always look forward to it. It's going to be a fun night.
On the recent close games between Ottawa and Toronto:
Both teams play to win and play hard, I think that's a big part of it. When you have what's billed as the Battle of Ontario every time we play it's a rivalry type of thing and I think it brings the real competitive spirit out in the players and as a result the games are close.
On the matchup:
It seems like forever since we've played them. The second game of the year and then another time before Christmas, but we know they're a good team and we know how they're going to play. They're going to play hard defensively, they're going to be physical and with Kessel you have to be aware of him, van Riemsdyk likes to get to the net and I think they know a lot of stuff about us. Whoever can do it longer and harder is going to end up winning.
On himself and Randy Carlyle as competitors:
Well we used to take turns who would win the skating races so it must be my turn this time.
On Clarke MacArthur:
He has been as advertised. We felt when we signed him he was going to be a solid second line player that could score 20-plus goals for us and play in all situation and he has done that. We're very pleased with him, he has been a very good addition to our team.
On lace bite:
I would recommend you just get better skates and don't tie them so tight. That worked for me.
On Toronto's success at home:
We have a hard enough time coaching our team, let alone worrying about their team. This is the next game we have to play and we know it's going to be difficult but we also know it's going to be a lot of fun.
10:00 AM: The Ottawa Senators will look to make it three in a row tonight when they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Senators took a 5-3 victory at home on Thursday night when they knocked off the Tampa Bay Lightning. Goals from Marc Methot, Erik Karlsson, Zack Smith, Kyle Turris and Bobby Ryan led the way for the Sens while Craig Anderson was big in goal, turning aside 35 shots.
The Maple Leafs sit third in the Atlantic Division with a record of 29-21-6 for 64 points from 56 games to this point. In their last game they knocked off the Florida Panthers by a 6-3 score to improve their record to 8-1-1 in the last 10. They have put together a record of 19-10-1 on home ice this season.
In their two meetings this season the Sens are 0-0-2 as both high scoring affair went to shootouts.
The Sens will hit the ice for their morning skate at 11:30 AM at Air Canada Centre 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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