FIVE KEYS TO THE GAME
Settle it before a shootout
The first three games of the season have been decided by a skills contest and the Senators don’t want to work overtime. This is the start of 19 back-to-back games this season. The best bet is to wrap this one up and get to Edmonton.
Play the kids
Guy Boucher dressed seven defencemen so he only went with 11 forwards Tuesday in Vancouver. Either Alex Formenton or Logan Brown should suit up this one because it makes sense with another game Saturday night.
Get a power-play goal
The Senators have hit the 0-for-16 mark with the man advantage through three games this season. It wasn’t very good in Vancouver and the pressure is mounting. There will be a collective sigh of relief if they can get one.
Stick with Freddie
Defenceman Fredrik Claesson with the club’s time-on-ice leader against the Canucks with 26:51. Those are big minutes but he played well and that’s why the Senators appreciate what he brings to the table. He won’t be in a platoon role this year.
Keep getting the saves
If the Senators decide to go with Mike Condon against the Flames then he needs to pick up where Craig Anderson left off by stopping 55 of the last 58 shots he’s faced in the last two games. Those are solid numbers and what the club needs.
Jaromir Jagr made his Calgary Flames debut on Wednesday night.