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The Ottawa Senators have streamlined their roster, and are now carrying 28 players (plus injured Jesse Winchester). Twenty of those players will be involved in the second Battle of Ontario of the preseason. The Leafs beat the Sens 4-2 eight days ago, but the rosters that played that night do not resemble the ones that will take to the ice tonight.
Both teams have decisions to make as the regular season fast approaches, now a mere 10 days away. Ottawa needs to finalize their blue line and 2nd line centre roles, while the Leafs are in the midst of sorting out a crowded blue line and also finalizing slots up front.
The Senators Lineup up front will look like:
The Blue line will line up as:
With Craig Anderson taking some maintenance time in preparation for the workload he is expected to face this season, and Alex Auld playing in St. John’s yesterday, Robin Lehner is expected to play the whole game. He will be backed up by Mike McKenna.
With just two games left to iron out the kinks, this will be an important tune-up for the season. It will be especially important for Peter Regin, Mika Zibanejad, Jared Cowen and David Rundblad. All have made an impact at times in the preseason and all have shown signs of struggling in certain areas of their game. However, there are jobs there for the taking and all 4 want to claim them.
Win or lose, the Battle of Ontario is always entertaining. Tonight should be no different.
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