Monday, September 26, 2011: 4 pm on CBC
After a day off from game action, your Ottawa Senators get back on the ice as they will take on the reincarnated Winnipeg Jets. Taking part in the Kraft Hockeyville Game, the location for today’s match-up will be St. John’s, Newfoundland. The drop of the puck will be at 4 pm so set your VCR’s (do people still have VCR’s?) and get ready for some mid-afternoon puck.
With Ottawa coming back from a two goal deficit to beat the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night, Ottawa now sports a 2-1-1 pre-season record. With a number of prospects still battling to make the big squad, Ottawa will ice ten regulars from last season’s roster.
Players To Watch
OTTAWA ~ Colin Greening will be suiting up in his home town and will look to impress his family and friends. Playing on the first line, Greening will get a few chances to make his hometown crowd happy.
WINNIPEG ~ Mark Scheifele has had quite the training camp. After the Jets surprised everyone at the draft and selected Scheifele seventh overall, he has proven that the Jets management knew what they were doing. With two goals and five points so far, Scheifele is making his case for sticking around in the NHL this year.
Here’s the Sens line-up for today’s game:
Colin Greening – Mika Zibanejad – Daniel Alfredsson
Mike Hoffman – Corey Locke – Bobby Butler
David Dziurzynski – Zach Smith – Chris Neil
Mark Parrish – Derek Grant – Corey Cowick
Jared Cowen – Erik Karlsson
David Rundblad – Chris Phillips
Eric Gryba – Matt Carkner
Alex Alud will play the entire 60 minutes and it is a classy move by head coach Paul MacLean to put Greening on the top line so he can impress in his hometown. And it’ll be interesting to see how Z-Bad responds to playing with Alfie. Will he shine or will he fade back and not play his game?
The D pairings are also very interesting as they could be a glimspe of what our future D unit could look like. I’m excited to see how Cowen and Karlsson fare together as I think they will complement each other. And for Rundblad, maybe Phillips‘ steady play will give him the confidence to be the player he really is. And I feel sorry for whoever gets matched up against Gryba and Carkner as those two will punish them on every shift.
With only two more preseason games left after today’s game, it may be some of the prospects last chance to impress today if they hope to stick with the big club. We’ll see who steps up.
Check back here on SenShot for a complete game recap after the game. Enjoy the game and GO SENS GO!!!
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