Ottawa Senators Look For Third Straight Versus Chicago

OTTAWA, ON - JANUARY 06: Ottawa Senators Defenceman Erik Karlsson (65) prepares for a face-off during first period National Hockey League action between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators on January 6, 2018, at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON, Canada. (Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
OTTAWA, ON - JANUARY 06: Ottawa Senators Defenceman Erik Karlsson (65) prepares for a face-off during first period National Hockey League action between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators on January 6, 2018, at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON, Canada. (Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) /
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The Ottawa Senators will look to keep things trending upwards as they take on the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Ottawa Senators are coming off a two game winning streak, the first of its time in a long time. They will look to continue their good form against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Forward

At forward tonight the Sens will use 12 forwards unless Duchene is unable to play. If he doesn’t play they will use just 11 forwards. Those players will be: Ryan Dzingel, Derick Brassard, Mark Stone, Mike Hoffman, Bobby Ryan, Zack Smith, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Tom Pyatt, Alex Burrows, Colin White, and Gabriel Dumont.

Defence

On defence the Sens will be using six defencemen depending on the status of Duchene. Those six defencemen will be: Thomas Chabot, Erik Karlsson, Dion Phaneuf, Cody Ceci Ben Harpur, and Fredrik Claesson. If Duchene is unable to play, then Borowiecki will come into the lineup.

Goal

In goal Craig Anderson will get the start with Condon serving as the backup.

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A Sticky Situation

The Ottawa Senators find themselves in a sticky situation half way through the season. Despite strong play in their most recent games, the Ottawa Senators are still 10 points out of a playoff spot. While not insurmountable, this is a gap that is rarely overcome at any point in the season let alone this late in the year. The smartest thing for the Ottawa Senators to do is to make their push for the rest of the month and re-evaluate at the end of January. If they are still in a big hole then than they can consider their options.