Tuesday, November 29, 2011

GDP #24: Sens @ Winnipeg

First off, I'm back. I was away for almost a month, including getting into a car accident with a semi truck in Tennessee but I'm mostly ok and I'm ready to update the site full time and get things back to normal, starting with tonight's game day preview. The Sens are in Winnipeg for their first trip there in 15 years or so, taking on the Jets in an all Canadian matchup that starts at 8:30pm eastern since Winterpeg is in a different time zone.

The Sens are coming off a win against struggling Carolina, while the Jets are coming off a loss, but both teams are almost dead even in the standings with the Jets having 22 and the Sens 24 points at the moment. Craig Anderson will start for the Sens and there will be no lineup changes, which means Brian Lee will sit in favor of Rundblad again. Chris Neil is getting closer to playing after practicing today but still isn't cleared for contact as of yet. No word on who is starting for the Jets yet, but I would imagine it will be Ondrej Pavelec, who a couple of seasons ago made 50 saves against us in a win at SBP.

Here's a shot of the team at the morning skate in Winterpeg this morning. You will notice Neil at centre ice in the grey jersey, which means no contact, but still good to see him out there and getting close to a return.

Another story line from tonight's matchup is the return of Sens head coach Paul MacLean to Winnipeg, where he was a star player for the Jets for a number of years. Ian Mendes has an awesome piece on MacLean and a hockey card. It's definitely worth the read.

Here's a little stroll down memory lane from a piece of Sens history in Winnipeg. The old Jets logo and jersey is way better isn't it?

Local Flavor: Zach Bogosian is from Massena, New York, only an hour from Ottawa and was a Sens fan growing up.

Predicition: The Jets are better than their record indicates and the Sens are perhaps playing a tad over expectations to start the year at the moment. With that being said, the Sens did win 4-1 in the first meeting this year, but that was at SBP. I see a fun game tonight with the Sens taking it 3-2.

Pre game thoughts?

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