Game Day Build-Up: Senators @ Marlies, Dec. 26
Belleville will look to snap out of its four-game losing streak with a match-up against the Eastern Conference leading Toronto Marlies.
Tuesday’s Boxing Day clash, which takes place at the Air Canada Centre, will be the fourth contest between the two Ontario rivals this year.
The Sens (11-16-0-3) enter Friday in sixth place in the North Division while the Marlies (22-8-0-0) sit atop the division and have gone 6-4 in its previous 10 games.
The Marlies are 8-5 at home while the Senators have won five of its 17 road games.
After being depleted by injuries over the past week, the Sens finally got some help as Ottawa reassigned Ben Harpur, Chris DiDomenico, Danny Taylor and Andreas Englund back to Belleville but Filip Chlapik, Thomas Chabot and Nick Paul still remain in the NHL.
Ethan Werek also returned to the Belleville line-up Friday against Syracuse after missing the previous five games.
No word on who will start in goal for Belleville with Taylor, Andrew Hammond and Chris Driedger available.
Tuesday’s game will see the Sens attempt to snap a three-game losing streak to Toronto to start the year. In three games this year, Belleville has scored just three times while the Marlies have scored on 10 occasions. The game will also mark the second time the two sides have clashed at the ACC: in their first ever meeting, Toronto grabbed a 2-1 shootout win on Nov. 25.
Who to watch
After a near two-month injury layoff, Sens captain Mike Blunden has begun to find his groove as he’s tallied a goal and two assists in his previous three games. In limited action this year, Blunden has four points in nine games.
Marlies forward Kerby Rychel has been a menace so far against the Sens tallying five points (two goals) in three games including a three-point effort on Nov. 26. Rychel has 16 points in 30 games this season.
Where to watch
Tuesday’s game starts at 3pm and can be seen live on www.theahl.com through their AHL Live application (subscription required) or at Shoeless Joe’s in Belleville.
The radio broadcast on CJBQ 800 begins at 2:50pm with David Foot on the call.