After a thrilling game on Wednesday where the Sens nearly beat the Habs while icing essentially an AHL lineup, things have calmed down somewhat.
The big news yesterday was that PTO standout Tarun Fizer has signed an AHL contract. It'll be fun to see what he's able to do in Belleville this year.
This morning, the Sens made a big announcement... about the front office. Steve Staios has been hired as president of hockey operations. Looks like Andlauer is already getting to work. Dorion attended the press conference, so it looks like his job is safe for now.
Game 4 Hub: Ottawa Senators vs Winnipeg Jets, 7pm EST
The Sens return home for another all-Canadian preseason matchup, and for this game they've decided to bring out a real NHL lineup.
We'll see the entire top four in action on defense for the first time all preseason. As expected, the pairings will be Chabot-Chychrun and Sanderson-Zub. The Chabot-Chychrun pairing was a bit chaotic in their first taste of game action against the Leafs last Monday, with both players frequently forgetting which side they were supposed to be playing and occasionally getting lost in the defensive zone. That's what preseason is for, though, and there was still a lot to like with that pairing.
The third pairing should also be interesting, with Lassi Thomson next to Erik Brännström. Maxence Guenette was initially listed on the roster, but doesn't appear to be in the lineup, so I guess he's a healthy scratch.
The forward lines will probably not be what we'll see on opening night, with several key players missing, but it'll still be fun to see which forwards stand out.
- With Brady Tkachuk sitting this game out, it looks like Vladimir Tarasenko will get a shot on the Stützle-Giroux line. Nice to see DJ trying out different line combinations, just to see if he has other options.
- The rest of the forward group is mostly players vying for bottom-six spots. Notably, preseason standout Roby Jarventie will get a shot on the second line. It would be so cool if he ended up earning a call-up after so many years as a prospect.
- Meanwhile, the Jets are 2-0-1 in the preseason so far, coming off a shootout loss to the Flames on Wednesday. They're bringing a bunch of AHL'ers to Ottawa, so don't expect to recognize many names on the other team.