Seriously, though, the Senators need a win. After beating Buffalo, the Bruins are tied with Ottawa at 44 points, and this will be one of the three games we hold in hand. Tampa is just 2 back, Florida 4 and Toronto 5 (and could be closer by game time, and they will have a game in hand by day's end). It's getting tight on the Atlantic and, while we still have a lead and/or games in hand, we have to avoid another three game losing streak.
Smith will not play (abdominal strain). Condon expected to start, this will be his 14th straight appearance (he started all but one of these games and played most of the other as Hammond got hurt early).
After tonight's game the Senators have their "bye week" and won't play until they host the Capitals on the 7th.
Go Sens go!!!