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Gameday Journal presented by Monarch Homes: Game 69 — Lightning vs. Senators

Thursday, 20.03.2014 / 12:15 PM
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Gameday Journal presented by Monarch Homes: Game 69 \u2014 Lightning vs. Senators

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

4:30 PM: Today's Gameday Goodie talks to Andrew Hammond who was just recalled from Binghamton about his NHL debut at the end of February. Take a look...

3:10 PM: Here are tonight's projected lineups for the Sens and Lightning.

Ottawa Senators

Forwards

Hemsky - Spezza - Michalek

MacArthur - Turris - Ryan

Hoffman - Zibanejad - Condra

Greening - Smith - Neil

Defence

Methot - Karlsson

Phillips - Ceci

Cowen - Gryba

Goaltenders

Lehner

Hammond

Tampa Bay Lightning

Forwards

Killorn - Stamkos - Johnson

Palat - Filppula - Callahan

Malone - Thompson - Crombeen

Purcell - Pyatt - Brown

Defence

Hedman - Salo

Carle - Gudas

Brewer - Kostka

Goaltenders

Bishop

Lindback

2:45 PM: Marc Methot offered his thoughts on the challenge of the Lightning and Steven Stamkos tonight. Here's what he had to say...

12:50 PM: Sens head coach Paul MacLean offered his thoughts after today's morning skate. Here's what he had to say...

On the lineup:

No, there will be no lineup changes. We're going to go with the same group.

On the effort he's looking for:

Well we want to play better, we want to play the whole 60 minutes. We've played 40, 55, 56, 58 and 52 minutes. We need to put a complete game together and just find a way to flat out win a game. We need to get some traction and in order to do that we need to find a way to win a game. We need to, first of all, make sure we get off to a good start, our mindset starting out has to be we're going to play the whole game.

On the comments on the team's compete level:

I think I've stood here lots of days and said that we need to play harder and longer than the opposition. I've said that lots of times so I think the assessment by Clarke is not wrong.

On Wiercioch's absence from the lineup:

Well we feel it's mostly the opposition and the way they play, we feel that against Tampa Bay we've had success against them when it has been a physical game. We feel that the defence we have without Patrick is more physical.

On other teams finding a high compete level:

I guess it's the character of the players on your team and the way their approach to the game is. We've had that in the past, does adversity bring it out in you? I'm not sure. For us the work ethic and the sticktoitiveness that we've had in the past has somehow dissipated. How we let that go, we're not sure. We need to find a way to get that back and I think it starts in practice.

12:00 PM: The Ottawa Senators return to action tonight when they take on the Tampa Bay Lightning at Canadian Tire Centre.

The Sens fell by an 8-4 score on Tuesday night in their game against the New York Rangers. Mike Hoffman, Mika Zibanejad, Milan Michalek and Bobby Ryan all scored for the Sens while Robin Lehner made 23 saves. Backup goaltender Nathan Lawson was injured in the loss; Andrew Hammond has since been recalled from Binghamton.

The Lightning enter tonight's game as the second place team in the Atlantic Division with a 38-24-7 record in 69 games for a total of 83 points. In 36 road games this season, they have amassed a record of 18-16-2 and are coming off of a 5-3 win in Toronto on Wednesday night.

In three games this season the Sens are 1-1-1 against Tampa Bay.

The Sens had their morning skate at 10:15 AM at Canadian Tire Centre and I'll have plenty of updates to follow including, but not limited to, lineup changes, players' thoughts, Sens TV videos, Instagram goodness and more.

Stay tuned!


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ATLANTIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
3 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
4 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
5 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
6 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
7 TOR 62 25 32 5 170 189 55
8 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Karlsson 60 15 32 3 47
B. Ryan 56 15 30 8 45
K. Turris 60 15 28 -4 43
M. Hoffman 57 23 16 23 39
M. Stone 58 15 24 11 39
M. Zibanejad 58 15 18 2 33
C. MacArthur 53 13 13 -10 26
M. Michalek 55 11 14 -1 25
D. Legwand 58 8 14 -3 22
A. Chiasson 54 9 12 -8 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Anderson 13 11 7 .927 2.37
R. Lehner 9 12 3 .905 3.02