The Senators hit Scotiabank ice for the first time since April in this their second tune-up match of the 11-12 season. Their opponent, only the defending Stanley Cup champion, Boston Bruins. Nothing like that early litmus test against the league’s best (even if it is against lower-tier line-up). Having pared the roster down to 53 yesterday (Stefan Noesen, Matt Puempel, Jakub Culek, Mark Stone, and Jordan Fransoo were all released to their junior clubs. PTO goalie Matej Machkovksy was also let go.), the Sens will go with a more veteran laden roster than the one that took on the Leafs on Monday.
Milan Michalek, Shane Prince, Daniel Alfredsson, Peter Regin, Bobby Butler,
Jason Spezza, Nikita Filatov, Erik Condra, Kaspars Daugavins, Stephane Da Costa, Mark Parrish, Corey Locke, Jim O’Brien, Nick Foligno, Mika Zibanejad.*
Jared Cowen, Chris Phillips, Brian Lee, David Rundblad, Filip Kuba, Sergei Gonchar, Erik Karlsson, Mark Borowiecki.*
Craig Anderson, Alex Auld.
*line combinations are not immediately known.
Players to watch:
Da Costa: The native of Paris, France had a huge rookie tournament with 4 goals in 3 games, can he keep the momentum going in main camp?
Filatov: Rocked by a reckless, blindside hit from teammate Francis Lessard, yesterday in a scrimmage, will be Filatov feeling any lingering effects tonight?
For their first taste of on-ice action since game 7 of the Finals, it looks as though the Bruins will be countering with a bare bones line-up in terms of established NHL talent.
Jamie Arniel, Patrice Bergeron, Jordan Caron, Chris Clark, Chris Kelly, Jared Knight, Lane MacDermid, Benoit Pouliot, Max Sauve, Tyler Seguin, Ryan Spooner, Jamie Tardif, Shawn Thornton.
Matt Bartkowski, Colby Cohen, Andrew Ference, Dougie Hamilton, Steven Kampfer, Adam McQuaid, David Warsofsky.
Anton Khudobin, Tuukka Rask.
Player to watch:
Kelly: Former Senator and current Cup champion returns to his old stomping grounds.
In a rare twist of pre-season happenings, this game will be broadcast nationally on TSN. So pull up a chair, grab a pop and slice of pizza and bask in the glory of hockey on your television set once again – in HD no less!
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