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Sens at Panthers, February 15

Posted by andie_pants on 2012.02.15 at 17:21
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The Sens are right back at it after last night's 4-0 win over Tampa. They'll head to Sunrise to take on the Florida Panthers. This is a crucial game for Ottawa who are sitting 7th in the East with 66 points. Florida has 65 but as they are currently leading the Southeast division, they're in 3rd overall. Depending on how things go, Florida is defintely among the teams that Ottawa could be slugging it out with in the last few weeks of the season so these two points are huge.

No lineup changes are expected so once again Craig Anderson will start and Konopka and Carkner will be scratched. Expect Scott Clemmensen to start for Florida.

Of course, as Ian Mendes said the other morning on a radio appearance, very few people expected this game to have any major consequences when the broadcast schedule came out so no one was too fussed that this would be the only Sens game not to be televised. I can bet that there are more than a few irritated Sens fans kicking around right about now. Apparently if you have Centre Ice you can have the pleasure of watching the arena feed, so, there's that lol. As always, you can listen to the game on Team1200 radio. Puck drop is at 7:30

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Sens at Lightning, February 14

Posted by andie_pants on 2012.02.14 at 17:10
Sorry this is so late! I’m on the run today so it will be a quickie:

* Sens, 7th in the East with 64 points, are in Tampa to take on the Lightning who are currently in 12th
* Anderson and Garon are in nets. No lineup changes are expected for the Sens
* Puck drop at 7:00 pm on Sportsnet and Team1200 radio


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Sens vs Oilers, February 11

Posted by andie_pants on 2012.02.11 at 08:04
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The Sens will be looking to build on their 4-3 win over Nashville on Thursday when they welcome the Oilers to SBP for an afternoon tilt. Edmonton is coming off of a 4-2 loss to Detroit on Wednesday.

Of course, Saturday is Hockey Day in Canada, a full day celebration of the game this country loves so much. Sens are up first in CBC's traditional triple header, facing off at 2:00 pm. The game will also be broadcast, as ever, on Team1200 radio. Before puck drop the team will honour Chris Phillips for playing his 1000th game on Thursday.

Craig Anderson and Nikolai Khabibulin are the starters. No other line up changes are expected for the Sens.

Enjoy the game!

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Sens vs Predators, February 9

Posted by andie_pants on 2012.02.09 at 08:13
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The week of returning Sens continues as Mike Fisher and the Nashville Predators visit Scotiabank Place. I know a lot of people have had this game circled on their calendars, including the man himself. By all accounts, Fisher is very excited to be back in Ottawa.

Of course, Fisher is far from being the only big story tonight. Alternate captain and all around good guy, Chris Phillips will be playing his 1000th career game, all of them in a Sens uniform.

Should be an emotional evening all around, hopefully the Sens can use all of the excess feelings to get themselves back on track. The team is mired in a seven game slump and will definitely need to snap out of it if they want to hang on to 8th spot in the East. The team's most recent defeat came at the hands of St. Louis on Tuesday night, 3-1. The Predators are going like gangbusters this season but are coming off of a loss of their own, 4-3 to Vancouver on Tuesday.

Alex Auld will get his first start since December 30 tonight. He'll face Pekka Rinne. Matt Carkner and Zenon Konopka will take up the press box seats previously occupied by Brian Lee and Bobby Butler who will both re-enter the lineup. More positive news on the injury front: Jesse Winchester is continuing to work out and is four or five days away from a return.

Puck drop is at 7:30 pm on Sportsnet and Team1200 radio

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Sens vs Blues

Posted by andie_pants on 2012.02.07 at 16:41
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Sorry! This has been a ridiculous day from my first alarm on.

Here's a quick rundown:

* The big storyline is, of course, Brian Elliott's return. He'll start for the Blues vs Craig Anderson for the Sens

* Butler is scratched again as O'Brien continues his extended stay with the big club

* Milan Michalek plays his 500th game tonight

* Injuries are as usual

7:30 puck drop on Sportsnet and Team1200 radio.

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Sens vs Leafs, February 4

Posted by andie_pants on 2012.02.04 at 12:26
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After something of a lackluster effort last night (L, 2-1, OT), it's right back to business for the Sens tonight as they gear up for another round of the battle of Ontario. The Leafs visit the Bank tonight for what has become a must win for the Sens. A six game winless streak is just not going to cut it in this playoff race so the boys definitely need to cap it at five and get back into the win column.

The Sens are sitting 6th in the East with 61 points, one point back of Pittsburgh and just two points up on 7th place New Jersey. Toronto is in 8th with 58.

No lineup changes for Ottawa as Craig Anderson starts his 17th straight and Jim O'Brien, called up shortly before last night game, remains with the club. James Reimer starts for Toronto.

A little extra inspiration for the guys tonight -- it's Do It for Daron night, raising awareness and support for youth mental health in memory of Daron Richardson, daughter of Sens assistant coach Luke Richardson.

Puck drops at 7:00 pm on CBC, RDS, and, of course, Team1200 radio.


Sens vs Islanders, February 3

Posted by andie_pants on 2012.02.03 at 10:43
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Home sweet home! It seems like it's been forever since we last saw the Sens play at SBP. Tonight they'll welcome the Islanders to town, hoping to put the breaks on a four game losing streak. The most recent loss came to the Bruins on Tuesday night, 4-3.

The Sens are sitting 6th in the East with 60 points in 53 games played. No lineup changes are expected for the Sens tonight so Anderson will be in nets where he'll face Nabokov. Jason Spezza wasn't at practice but is expected to play.

Puck drop is at 730 on Sportsnet and Team1200 radio.


Sens at Bruins, January 31

Posted by andie_pants on 2012.01.31 at 06:45
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Typically, the day got away from me but c'est la vie, right?

Anyway, the all-star break has come and gone and our boys are back at it tonight again those dastardly Boston Bruins. The Sens are in tough tonight but it'll be a good test.

This side of the all-star game, it's definitely time to start talking standings. The Sens are sitting 6th in the East and 2nd in the Northeast division with 60 points. As we all know far too well, every point counts in the increasingly tight Eastern Conference. Here's hoping the Sens can right the ship after dropping their third straight game, 3-2 against the Coyotes one week ago.

Craig Anderson will start against Tim Thomas. Winchester, Regin, and Lee remain out.

Puck drops shortly at 7 pm on Sportsnet and Team1200 radio.


Sens at Coyotes, January 24

Posted by andie_pants on 2012.01.24 at 06:30
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The Sens don't have much time to stew on last night's 4-1 loss to L.A., they're right back at it tonight, capping off the unofficial first half of the season with a visit to the Phoenix Coyotes.

Of course the main storyline tonight will be the return of Kyle Turris to Phoenix. We all know that things weren't so great for him there so it'll be interesting to see how he does tonight. One teammate who won't be joining Turris on the ice tonight is Mark Borowiecki. Matt Carkner will re-enter the lineup making Borowiecki the odd man out. Jesse Winchester, Peter Regin, and Brian Lee remain on the injured list.

Craig Anderson will be in nets again where he'll face off against Mike Smith.

Puck drops at 9:00 pm on Sportsnet and Team1200 radio.


Sens at Kings, January 23

Posted by andie_pants on 2012.01.23 at 07:30
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The road trip continues as the Sens pay a visit to L.A. tonight.

Quick update since I'm running way behind:

- Anderson and Quick start
- Butler is in and Borowiecki is likely; Petersson and Carkner sit
- Puck drop at 10:30 on Sportsnet and Team1200 radio


Sens at Ducks, January 21

Posted by andie_pants on 2012.01.21 at 07:36
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The Sens are in Anaheim today to take on the Ducks. Ottawa's last game was a 4-1 win over San Jose on Thursday.

Confirmed lineup news has been a bit hard to come by but I can tell you that Craig Anderson will be in net for the Sens. Look for Hiller to get the start for Anaheim.

Zack Smith and Kaspars Daugavins were both roughed up a bit in San Jose which has resulted in the recall of Stephane DaCosta. Smith and Daugavins are both expected to play, however.

Puck drops early today, 4:00 pm is the start time on Sportsnet and Team1200 radio. If you turn to Sportsnet at 4 and find the AHL outdoor classic, try Sportsnet Sens.


Sens at Sharks, January 19

Posted by andie_pants on 2012.01.19 at 07:23
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Stock up on coffee, the Sens are off to the west coast. First stop is San Jose for a tangle with the Sharks. The Sens are coming off of a 3-2 win over the Leafs on Tuesday while the Sharks' last game was a 2-1 win over Calgary, also on Tuesday.

Mark Borowiecki will make his NHL debut tonight meaning that Matt Carkner will take a seat. Should be a memorable night for Borowiecki as his family will be in attendance. It'll be a memorable night for another Sen as well -- Sergei Gonchar will play in his 1100th career game. Regin, Lee and Winchester remain out. Winchester is said to be feeling better but not yet symptom free.

Anderson and Niemi are your starters.

Puck drop is at 10:30 pm on Sportsnet and Team1200 radio.

GG - lorelai snow

Sens at Leafs, January 17

Posted by andie_pants on 2012.01.17 at 06:37
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Round four of the Battle of Ontario takes place tonight when the Sens resume their road trip, paying a visit to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Ottawa will be looking to bounce back from last night's 2-0 defeat byt the Jets, their first regulation loss in three weeks and their first time being shutout this season. Toronto is coming off of a shutout loss of their own, 3-0 to the Rangers on Saturday night.

The Sens have called up a couple of players from Bingo to join them on their western swing. Andre Petersson and Mark Borowiecki are coming along with the big club on their road trip and are expected to see action at some point. Brian Lee is not travelling with the team, joining Winchester and Regin on the injury shelf.

Anderson and Reimer are in nets.

Puck drops at 7 on Sportsnet and Team1200 radio.


Sens vs Jets, January 16

Posted by andie_pants on 2012.01.16 at 06:53
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Ottawa will get a quick dose of home cooking when they welcome the Winnipeg Jets to the Bank tonight. This is the team's only stop in at home for a while as their remaining six games this month will be played on the road. The Sens last played on Saturday, winning 3-2 over Montreal. Winnipeg's last game was a 2-1 loss to New Jersey, also on Saturday.

No lineup changes tonight which means that Lee will sit out again and Craig Anderson will be the starter. Anderson's outstanding play last week has been recognized as he was named the NHL's first star!

"Anderson, who has the Senators rocketing up the East standings, allowed just three goals in the three starts he made, while posting a .970 save percentage. Besides blanking the Rangers with a 34-save performance, he turned aside 29 of 30 shots against the Penguins and 33 of 35 to defeat the Northeast Division rival Canadiens."

Chris Mason will be in the net for Winnipeg.

Puck drops at 7:30 on Sportnet and Team1200 radio. If you're going tonight be loud and proud, the boys deserve it!


Sens at Habs, January 14

Posted by andie_pants on 2012.01.14 at 13:10
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My icon pretty accurately reflects how I feel about the Sens right now. The team has won three straight and seven of their last eight, a hot streak which they'll be looking to continue tonight when they pay a visit to the Montreal Canadiens. Ottawa's last game was an impressive 3-0 win over the Rangers on Thursday night. The Habs last played on Thursday as well, a 2-1 loss to Boston.

Only one change to the Sens lineup tonight: Brian Lee and Matt Carkner will trade spots, meaning Lee will be watching from the press box. Regin and Winchester are both still out.

Anderson starts and it's safe to assume he'll be facing Price but I haven't seen it confirmed yet.

Puck drops at 7:00 pm on CBC and Team1200 radio.


Sens at Rangers, January 12

Posted by andie_pants on 2012.01.12 at 07:10
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Sorry guys! LJ and I have been in a fight all afternoon but it appears that it might actually let me post this now.

Sens are continuing their road trip, making a stop at MSG to visit the Rangers. Carkner will sit out as Erik Karlsson, a surprise last minute scratch in the team's 5-1 win over the Pens on --, will drop back into the lineup. Winchester and Regin remain out.

Anderson and Lundqvist are the starters. Puck drops at 7 on Sportsnet and Team1200 radio.

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Sens vs Pens, January 10

Posted by andie_pants on 2012.01.10 at 07:50
The Sens hit the road for a crucial string of games and will be looking to continue their hot streak against the Pens tonight. Ottawa is coming off of a (very awesome) 6-4 win against the Flyers. The injury riddled Pens are no doubt hoping to get back on the winning track after dropping four straight, most recently against the Devils on Saturday night, 3-1.

Matt Carkner will sit this one out, making room from Brian Lee to re-enter the lineup. Winchester and Regin remain out.

Anderson gets the start and I'm pretty sure he'll be facing Brent Johnson but still looking for confirmation on that.

Puck drops at 7:00 pm on Sportnet and Team1200 radio.


Sens vs Flyers, January 8

Posted by andie_pants on 2012.01.08 at 08:12
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Just about the only thing to change from yesterday is the location, as the Sens take their turn to host the back end of a home and home with Philly. Yesterday's game ended in a 3-2 OT victory for the Flyers on the strength of a Danny Briere hat trick.

No lineup changes are expected meaning that Anderson and Bryzgalov are expected back in nets today.

Puck drop is at 5 pm on Sportsnet and Team1200 radio.

OTH - all you need is one

Sens at Flyers, January 7

Posted by andie_pants on 2012.01.07 at 09:45
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Ottawa kicks off the first half of a home-and-home this afternoon when they play a visit to the Philadelphia Flyers. The Sens have been pretty great as of late, coming into this tilt as one of the hottest teams in the league. Their last game was on Thursday, a 4-1 win over Tampa. The Flyers have had their ups and downs this season but are still one of the most dangerous teams in the conference. Philly is coming off of a 5-4 win against Chicago, also on Thursday.

Lineup news is a little sparse, probably due to the early start. Chris Phillips is expected to return from his concussion today, not sure who will sit if that is the case but money is on Lee. Personally, I hope he comes back and has an amazing game just for all of the potential Philly/Philly headlines lol. Anyway, Regin and Winchester are still out, no new updates on either.

Anderson starts and I believe his counterpart will be Bryzgalov but I haven't found confirmation.

Puck drop is at 1:00 pm on Sportsnet and Team1200 radio.


Sens vs Lightning, January 5

Posted by andie_pants on 2012.01.05 at 15:19
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The Sens will be looking for their fourth straight win when they take on their expansion cousins, the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Bank tonight. Ottawa last played on Monday, going 3-2 over the Devils in OT. Tampa's last game was a 7-3 loss to Toronto.

Chris Phillips will sit out again tonight with a mild concussion though Paul MacLean says it's possible that Phillips will be able to play this weekend. Winchester and Regin remain out as well.

Anderson and Roloson are the starters.

Puck drop is at 7:30 pm on Sportsnet and Team1200 radio.

In other news, this happened:

Good job, Sens Army!

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