Gameday Journal presented by Monarch Homes: Game 57 — Blues vs. Senators
5:00 PM: Get set for puck drop with Gord Wilson and Sens TV.
4:45 PM: Today's Gameday Goodie talks with former St. Louis Blue and current Senators assistant coach Mark Reeds about his time with the Blues and the "Monday Night Miracle" of 1986.
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4:15 PM: Here are tonight's projected lineups for the Sens and Blues.
MacArthur - Turris - Ryan
Michalek - Spezza - Zibanejad
Greening - Smith - Neil
Conacher - Da Costa - Condra
Cowen - Karlsson
Methot - Gryba
Wiercioch - Ceci
St. Louis Blues
Steen - Backes - Steward
Schwartz - Roy - Tarasenko
Paajarvi - Berglund - Oshie
Morrow - Lapierre - Reaves
Pietrangelo - Bouwmeester
Shattenkirk - Jackman
Leopold - Polak
4:00 PM: The Sens will start Robin Lehner in goal today when they take on the Blues. Here's what he had to say...
On tonight's game:
I'm ready to go, I want to go in and give the team a chance to win.
On trying to get back in it:
I've been working real hard in practice, I've been trying to figure a few things out. When it comes to goalies it's all mental — just clear my head and go out and take it a puck at a time, do my best and hopefully the result comes with it. That's my only worry right now.
On his earlier game vs. St. Louis:
I think that was a really good game, we came out of the gate really strong that game and they were able to come back. We finished strong and got the win, it was a good game for us.
2:45 PM: Here's what Paul MacLean had to say after today's morning skate.
On the lineup:
Robin Lehner is going to be the goalie but at this point that's all the changes. We're going with the same group, we know we have a difficult opponent tonight and we have to be ready.
On injuries after Pittsburgh:
Everyone is ready to go and we're going to go with the same group.
I think he is getting closer but we want to make sure he's ready to go so we have two more games before the break obviously and we want to make sure that we don't put him in a place where we comes back early and gets re-injured. That's the biggest thing we wanted to avoid. We feel he's getting closer but not ready yet.
On the shots against last night:
We had a lot of scoring chances, whether or not they were great you could rate them maybe and see. We didn't give up a lot of grade-A ones I would say would be the thing. I thought we did a good job boxing out at our net and Craig had the opportunity to see most of the shots that came in. When that happens you're going to get the saves he made.
On the difficulty of trying to take people in and out of the lineup:
We've discussed a lot of it today. Stephane Da Costa has played pretty well for us, Cory Conacher has played pretty well for us, Condra is a big part of our penalty killing. Who do you take out to put him (Kassian) in? At this point with the way Stephane has played, he has provided offence for us in the last couple of games and right now we could use some offence.
On his time in St. Louis:
I remember that they finished here, more than they started. They started and finished here in St. Louis. The fans here in St. Louis at the old arena were always outstanding and we enjoyed the city.
11:30 AM: The Sens have arrived at Scottrade Center for their morning skate.
10:00 AM: The Ottawa Senators will look add more points to their total tonight when they take on the St. Louis Blues.
The Senators fell just short in Pittsburgh last night, dropping a 2-1 overtime decision to the Penguins. Craig Anderson shouldered the load for the Sens, stopping 46 shots in the loss, while Stephane Da Costa scored the team's lone goal.
The Blues remain one of the top teams in the NHL with a record of 37-12-5 for 79 points from just 54 games. They have been a very tough opponent at home with a 20-5-2 record in St. Louis and have given up 125 goals all season — the second lowest total in the NHL.
In their lone meeting this season the Sens took a 3-2 overtime win in Ottawa
The Sens will hit the ice for their morning skate at 11:30 AM at the Scottrade Center 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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