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Game Day Build-Up: Senators look to turn the page on three-game road trip

January 25, 2023

Presented by Carpenters Union Local 397
Jan.25/23 @ Laval Rocket (NHL Affiliate: Montreal Canadiens)

The Set-Up:

With a two-week, six-game homestand behind them, the Belleville Senators hit the road tonight trying to start the climb out of the AHL’s North Division basement. The Sens went just 1-4-0-1 on their recent stint at CAA Arena and now sit in 7th place, four points back of the playoff cutline, occupied by tonight’s opponent, the Laval Rocket. Much like other teams in the division, the Rocket have been trending upward, collecting points in four straight games, most recently, a 4-3 shootout loss at home to Toronto last Saturday, and will likely have the support of a boisterous crowd at place Bell tonight.

Previous History:

Tonight’s matchup is the eighth of 12 between the Sens and Rocket this season. Belleville has faired well against their Canadian rivals from La Belle Province, at 5-2-0-0, but Laval picked up a win in their last meeting, back on December 10, 2022. In 63 lifetime meetings with Laval, Belleville is 34-26-1-2, with a 15-16-1-0 record at Place Bell.

Roster Notes:

The NHL recall carousel has continued to turn as the Ottawa Senators returned Jacob Bernard-Docker and Rourke Chartier over the weekend. Chartier will slot in on the top line between Angus Crookshank and Egor Sokolov, taking the place of Ridly Greig, who was called up by the parent club on the weekend as well. Greig, who has been among Belleville’s best players of late and is expected to make his NHL debut tonight when Ottawa hosts the New York Islanders. Bernard-Docker will join his usual defence partner, Dillon Heatherington. Lassi Thomson has also been cleared to return after missing 11 games with an upper-body injury but has only had one practice since getting the OK from team medical staff, and likely won’t dress tonight.

Injury Report:




Last Game

Games Missed




Jayce Hawryluk RW Jan.13/23 vs TOR 1 6-8 Weeks



Philippe Daoust C Nov.23/22 @ UTC 22 Season Ending



Matt Wedman C Dec.31/22 @ UTC 8 Long Term

Upper Body


Joe Carroll LW Jan.14/23 vs MB 3 Day-to-Day



Roby Jarventie LW Oct.29/22 @ RFD 30 Week-to-Week



Antoine Bibeau G Jan.14/23 vs MB 3 Day-to-Day



Mads Søgaard G Jan.14/23 vs MB 3 Day-to-Day



Kristians Rubins D Jan.21/23 vs HER Day-to-Day


Who to Watch:

Senators sniper Viktor Lodin found the back of the net in last Saturday’s loss to Hershey, notching a power play marker for his first goal in a few games. Jake Lucchini also has points in back-to-back games (two assists) after coming back from the NHL, but the most impressive Belleville forward of late has been Cole Cassels. The veteran forward is on a career-high seven-game point streak (one goal, eight assists), including a helper last game.

Two Rocket players are carrying significant point streaks into tonight’s game. Forward Anthony Richard has eight points (two goals, six assists) over a four-game point streak, while rookie blueliner William Trudeau has five assists over his last four games. Goaltender Kevin Poulin is also on a personal four-game point streak, having started in all of Laval’s games on their recent run.

Follow the action:

Tonight’s game can be seen on AHL TV or heard live on the Belleville Sens Entertainment Network. Pregame coverage starts at 6:45 p.m. (ET) with David Foot.

Ticket info:

Tickets for all Belleville Sens home games are available via Ticketmaster or at the CAA Arena Box Office, with more information on group experiences, promotional packs and more available on the Belleville Sens website.

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