The Ottawa Senators got a glimpse of just how difficult things are going to be without Erik Karlsson and Jason Spezza in the line up on Saturday night.
While the Sens had their chances, they could not get much of anything going against Ben Scrivens and the Toronto Maple Leafs. They'll be looking for a better result today when they play a rare Monday afternoon game against Ilya Kovalchuk and the New Jersey Devils.
Because it`s an afternoon game, there will be no morning skate for the Senators. Sens Head Coach Paul MacLean will meet with the media at 10:30 AM this morning to confirm any line up changes.
What we do know is Craig Anderson will have the afternoon off as Ben Bishop makes his third start in the Ottawa goal. His last outing was a solid one on home ice against the Jets but he still ended up on the wrong end of a 1-0 decision.
Bishop is still looking for his first win of the season.
Both Sergei Gonchar and Daniel Alfredsson missed practice yesterday but are expected to be in the line up against the Devils. Milan Michalek is not expected to play and forward Peter Regin is available but will be a game day decision. Will pass along the line up notes once we get word from Paul MacLean later this morning.
The New Jersey Devils should give the Senators all they can handle this afternoon. Before an ugly 5-1 loss to the Islanders, the Devils had won 6 of 7 games and find themselves just a point back of the conference leading Pittsburgh Penguins.
They'll have a familiar face in the line up this afternoon as Bobby Butler is expected to play his former team for the first time.
Puck drop is scheduled for just after 1:00 PM with the game available on Sportsnet and on the radio at Team 1200.