Gameday Journal presented by Monarch Homes: Game 75 — Hurricanes vs. Senators
5:20 PM: Get set for puck drop with Gord Wilson and Sens TV.
5:00 PM: Today's Gameday Goodie talks to Chris Neil about nicknames in the Sens dressing room.
Take a look...
Hemsky - Zibanejad - Michalek
MacArthur - Turris - Stone
Hoffman - Pageau - Condra
Kassian - Smith - Neil
Methot - Karlsson
Phillips - Ceci
Wiercioch - Gryba
Loktionov - E. Staal - Tlusty
Gerbe - J. Staal - Semin
Skinner - Nash - Lindholm
Dvorak - Malhotra - Dwyer
Faulk - Sekera
Hainsey - Liles
Harrison - Bellemore
1:50 PM: Kyle Turris was named the NHL's First Star of the Week on Monday. Here's what he had to say when he met with the media prior to tonight's game with Carolina...
1:20 PM: Sens head coach Paul MacLean offered his thoughts and updates after the team held an optional skate on Monday morning. Here's what he had to say...
On the lineup:
Craig Anderson will be the goaltender. Cody Ceci is going to go in, Jared Cowen picked up a lower body thing last night so he'll come out. Jean-Gabriel Pageau has been called up, Jason Spezza picked up a lower body injury as well last night so we're keeping both Jason and Jared out of the game for obvious precautionary reasons.
On Pageau's recall:
I think Da Costa actually got hurt the other night but Pageau has been playing very consistently down there and we're happy to get him back and get him in the lineup.
On the line combinations:
I haven't decided what I'm going to do yet with the wingers and the centres but I could Mika in there, I could put Pageau in there, I could put Smitty in there. We're going to digest it a little bit more and see what comes out.
On if Cowen/Spezza would be available if it weren't a back-to-back:
Well to keep it day-to-day my understanding was that it was significant enough that we should keep them out of the game. I would say no at this point.
On potential return dates:
We're trying to keep them day-to-day by keeping them out today. We know we play eight games in the next 10 or 11 days and another three in four coming up Tuesday. We're trying to keep as many guys as healthy as we can to get through the games. We anticipate by the weekend we should have both of them available if they miss the game tonight. I think they're both probably for the Islander game but at the same time it's probably more realistic for the weekend on Friday against Montreal.
On Greening's absence:
Same thing, another lower body thing. I think he's a little bit more — the timeline on him is probably a little bit longer, I think he's a little bit more than day-to-day.
On Turris' play being helped by the Spezza group:
I think so, any time your team has offence from multiple sources it makes you harder to defend. I think they've also been a pretty consistent line for us with Clarke and Kyle all year long, they've been very consistent offensive producers. Good for him. He has obviously worked very hard and played very well and it's good to see him continue to grow as a young player in the National Hockey League and continue to achieve new levels of performance. It's good for him and us.
On Greening's timeline:
Oh, no (not the rest of the season), I don't think it's that long. I would think by the weekend but Saturday's game. I think Jason and Jared could be available by Tuesday but he wouldn't be available until the weekend for sure.
On the Hurricanes:
Speed, they play with a lot of speed. The two games we've played in Carolina, they've played with really good speed and we need to be able to match that speed tonight. I think they're one of the sneaky quick teams in the League and they have a lot of skill to go with it. We need to make sure we're ready to skate.
On if the team is playing differently in recent wins:
I think when you play better things tend to go your way a little bit so I think our game has been more consistent and we've sustained it longer, though the past two second periods have been a little suspect. For the most part we're getting more comfortable being in the lead and our third periods have been very good and we've been able to close the game out. Especially last night, I thought that was the best effort we've had in the third period in a while. The more times you do it, the better you get at it.
10:00 AM: The Ottawa Senators work on the second leg of a back-to-back tonight when they host the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Senators are coming off of a 6-3 win over the Calgary Flames on Sunday night. Goals from Milan Michalek, Kyle Turris — both scored a pair — Jared Cowen and Clarke MacArthur boosted the Sens while Robin Lehner turned aside 37 shots in goal.
The Hurricanes are 32-32-10 in 74 games played this season which is good for 74 points and seventh place in the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference. They have put together a record of 15-17-4 away from home.
The Hurricanes are 2-0-0 against the Senators this season with both wins coming in Raleigh.
The Sens will hold an optional morning skate at 10:15 today and I'll have plenty of updates to follow including, but not limited to, lineup changes, players' thoughts, Sens TV content, Instagram goodness and more.
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