Thursday, December 01, 2011

GDP #25: Sens @ Dallas

The Sens are back at it tonight, this time in Big D, as they look to make it 3 wins in a row against the very surprising Dallas Stars, who are 14-9-1 heading into this game against the 12-10-2 Senators. Both teams are coming off a win, which should make their lone meeting of the year a good one in Texas. Shoutout to all the Sens fans who will be attending tonight's game that emailed me. It seems there will be a fairly large Sens contingent at the American Airlines Center. Reminder that the game is at 8:30pm eastern on Sportsnet Sens.

For the Sens it will be the same lineup that has been playing well lately, minus a couple of guys due to injuries. Nikita Filatov, who took a skate to the face in a scary incident on Tuesday in Winnipeg, will play tonight after it was revealed that he didn't suffer a broken nose as was first reported. On the positive/negative side, Filip Kuba is out tonight after taking a harmless looking hit also in Tuesday's game and is out sidelined with an upper body injury. Brian Lee will draw back into the lineup as a result.

Matt Carkner and Chris Neil are getting close to returning but won't be in the side tonight. Craig Anderson starts in goal for the Sens.

Here's a look at the Sens from the morning skate in Dallas this morning at the American Airlines Center. Notice Chris Neil is still in the grey jersey indicating no contact. Good to see Konopka still rocking the stache.

 Here is tonight's game ticket in Dallas via reader Chad Siewert

Local Flavor: There is none tonight unfortunately.

Prediction: Both teams have been fairly surprising this year and for different reasons. The Sens were predicted by many to be the worst team in the league and through 24 games have played .500 hockey, with a many of those games being quite thrilling. Dallas on the other hand, were first overall in the NHL for the first 6 weeks of the season, before coming back to earth a bit lately, but make no mistake, they're a good club. The Sens are playing shorthanded and their depth will be tested tonight, however as always, it comes down to the play of Craig Anderson. I say the Sens make it 3 in a row, taking it 4-2 in Texas tonight.

Be sure to follow me on twitter for live tweeting throughout the game @SensTown

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