Friday, September 26, 2008

Pre-season game 4: Sens @ Habs

No local TV coverage for tonight's meaningless pre-season game? Terrible. Not even RDS is broadcasting tonight's game against the Canadiens, as far as I know.

Mike Fisher, Alexandre Picard, Shean Donovan, and Daniel Alfredsson are all out of the lineup for the Sens tonight. One or both of Fisher and Picard may be ready to go on Saturday night. No cuts have been made since the Philly game on Wednesday, so the roster is still pretty oversized. Expect cuts within the next couple of days, because the Sens will have the roster trimmed to 24 before their flight to Sweden on Sunday.

Alex Auld is scheduled to play the whole game, and according to the Ottawa Sun the lines are scheduled to be as follows:

Dany Heatley-Jason Spezza-Jesse Winchester
Antoine Vermette-Chris Kelly-_____
Jarkko Ruutu-Cody Bass-Chris Neil
Zack Smith-Dean McAmmond-Peter Regin

Not really sure what the D pairings will be, once again. I'll update once I find out.

EDIT: A commenter suggested the defence pairings could be:

___-Brendan Bell
Filip Kuba-___
Christoph Schubert-Brian Lee

So Christoph Schubert gets another shot at defence. I'm still very curious what will happen to him this season.

EDIT AGAIN: According to the Sens' official site, "Chris Phillips, Shean Donovan, Daniel Alfredsson, Jason Smith and Nick Foligno are all being given tonight off." So I'm not sure who rounds out the lines. This pre-season roster juggling makes it pretty hard to keep track. I assume Luke Richardson and Anton Volchenkov will play D, and Matt Carkner might be filling the last forward spot.
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