(UPDATE 12:20 PM)- The Senators made their first tough decision today, putting forward Jim O'Brien on waivers. It will be interesting to see if anyone claims O'Brien with most rosters around the league pretty full as it is. Nathan Lawson, Tyler Eckford, and Corey Cowick were also placed on waivers this afternoon.
You don’t see it often in the NHL but the Senators will play the final game of a back to back to back tonight when they visit the Montreal Canadiens.
With his team playing their third game in as many nights, Head Coach Paul MacLean will continue to juggle his line up in order to keep guys fresh. As you’d expect, the Sens aren’t exactly sending their best line up to Montreal for this one and instead will send a group primarily made up of young players eager to make an impression late in training camp.
And that includes the youngest player in camp as first round draft pick Curtis Lazar will make his preseason debut tonight in Montreal.
He has been nursing a minor injury but is finally healthy and ready to get his first taste of NHL action. The organization has had nothing but good things to say about Lazar and while he’s not going to crack the roster this year, they really feel like he can be an impact player for them down the road.
Will be interesting to see how he stacks up against NHL competition tonight. It’s also a good chance for another Sens prospect as Matt Puempel will skate on what looks like the team’s top line with Zibanejad and Hoffman.
Still no Jason Spezza as he continues to deal with his training camp soreness. While fans are understandably on edge over Spezza’s injury, the organization has insisted it’s nothing to worry about and not related to the back issue he had last season. Hope it’s not the knee he had scoped either.
Here is how Paul MacLean lined his team up at the morning skate
Craig Anderson will get the start in the Ottawa goal and should play the whole game with Robin Lehner dressed as his back up. Game is available on RDS and as always, links to any streams will be posted in the comment section below.
Sens place Lawson, O'brien, Cowick, Eckford on waivers today
— Brent Wallace (@tsn_wally) September 26, 2013