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Game 67: Ottawa Senators @ Edmonton Oilers

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Ottawa Senators
@ Edmonton Oilers

Tuesday, Mar 9, 2010, 9:30 PM EST
Rexall Place
Enemy: The Copper & Blue

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The Senators start their road trip to Western Canada with a game against the cellar dwelling Edmonton Oilers. The Sens have not won a game since the Olympic break, so this seems like a good opportunity for the Senators to get back into a winning groove. Despite Edmonton's record and their long list of injuries, it won't be a cakewalk: Edmonton is currently riding a two-game winning streak which includes a win on Sunday against the New Jersey Devils.

Brian Elliott gets the start in net tonight, while Peter Regin and Daniel Alfredsson return to action after missing last game with the flu. Shean Donovan will sit out of tonight's game, with the lines looking something like this:

Michalek-Spezza-Alfredsson
Regin-Fisher-Kovalev
Kelly-Cullen-Neil
Ruutu-Winchester-Shannon
Which players will I be watching?
  • Brian Lee - he just signed a two-year deal, so eyes will be on Lee to show that he's worth the reported one-way contract.
  • Matt Cullen - Cullen has improved every game he's played with the Senators so far, and although I feel his skill is wasted playing with Kelly and Neil, I'm sure Clouston will juggle lines to find him some offensive talent to work with after a few shifts.
  • Andy Sutton - The other newcomer has also been very solid on the blueline, and I'm sure he'll be good for a few shot blocks and a big hit or two.
  • Brian Elliott - Pascal Leclaire played terrific in his last start, so the pressure is on Elliott to show that he should be the number one goalie going forward.
  • Jason Spezza - Going into the Olympic break, he had 12 goals in 13 games. He's had two assists but no goals since returning.
  • Anton Volchenkov - the A-Train has been off his game since the Olympic break, so here's hoping he starts to play like the Anton we all know and love.

As always, join in the comments during the game for good times.