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Game Day Build-Up: Senators @ Marlies, Dec. 31

 

 

The set-up

Belleville will look to keep a hot streak alive against Eastern leading teams as they face the Toronto Marlies for the second time in five days this afternoon.

Coming off of a dramatic 3-2 overtime win against Providence Saturday night, the Senators (13-17-0-3) will look for its second straight win over their division rivals after their Boxing Day triumph.

Toronto (22-11-0-0) have hit their first bit of turbulence this season having dropped its last three games.

Belleville is 6-9-0-3 on the road this season while Toronto is 8-7 on home ice between the ACC and the Ricoh Coliseum.

Roster notes

The Senators released defenceman TJ Melancon from his PTO Saturday in the only transition over the past 24 hours.

With Marcus Hogberg starting Saturday night, expect either Danny Taylor, Andrew Hammond or Chris Driedger to get the nod against the Marlies.

Forwards Ben Sexton and Kyle Flanagan remain the only absentees for the Senators.

Previous history

In their last meeting, the Sens collected its first win in franchise history over the Marlies on the back of a 2-1 victory on Boxing Day at the ACC. Belleville is 1-3 this season against their 401 rivals.

Who to watch

Senators forward Ethan Werek is on a four-game point streak with two goals and two assists over that span. Werek shares the team lead in points with 17 and has a goal in four games against Toronto this year.

Veteran forward Chris Mueller has four points in four games against the Senators this season and is third in Marlies scoring with seven goals and 21 points in 33 contests.

Where to watch

Sunday’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.

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