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Game Day Build-Up: Senators vs Rocket – April 11, 2022

April 11, 2022

Presented by Carpenters Union Local 397

The Set-Up:

The drive for the Calder Cup Playoffs is into the final sprint, as the Belleville Senators have just nine games remaining in the 2021-22 regular season. Of those nine games, eight will be against divisional opponents, including tonight with the rival Laval Rocket visiting CAA Arena again. Following their 6-2 loss to Rochester on Saturday, the Senators have slipped down to fifth in the North Division standings, with the Amerks just behind and the Toronto Marlies and Syracuse Crunch, just ahead. Laval is comfortably in second spot, with the Rocket riding a three-game win streak into tonight’s game, including a pair of wins over Rochester and one over division-leading Utica.

Previous History:

Tonight’s game is the penultimate matchup in the marathon 12-game season series between the Senators and Rocket. Despite Laval sitting a few spots higher in the standings, Belleville has had the upper hand over the first 10 meetings, with a 7-3-0-0 record. The Senators are 3-1-0-0 at CAA Arena vs the Rocket this season and 16-8-0-2 at home lifetime. Belleville’s overall lifetime record against Laval is 28-23-1-2.

Roster Notes:

The Senators go back to 12 forwards and six defenders tonight, as Mark Kastelic returns from his brief NHL call-up to Ottawa. He’ll join a line with Viktor Lodin and Roby Jarventie. Max Guenette comes out of the lineup due to numbers, with Filip Gustavsson slated to start in goal, after being pulled from Saturday night’s game against Rochester. Belleville’s other scratches include Jack Dougherty (IR), Angus Crookshank (IR), Rourke Chartier (IR), Chris Wilkie, Cedric Pare, and Kevin Mandolese (IR).

Who to Watch:

Senators defenceman Lassi Thomson has six points in six games (two goals, four assists) since returning from an eight-game injury layoff. The Senators 19th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft had a goal, an assist and five shots on goal on Saturday. Captian Logan Shaw is on a three-game point streak (two goals, two assists) after chipping in with an assist on Saturday. Sens leading goal-scorer Jake Lucchini (one goal, two assists) also has points in back-to-back games.

The Rocket have two players on three-game point streaks, with Jean-Sebastien Dea (three goals, four assists) and Rafael Harvey-Pinard (two goals, five assists), each consistently finding the scoresheet. Sami Niku (one goal, two assists), Kevin Roy (one goal, one assist), and Nate Schnarr (three assists), all have points in back-to-back games.

Follow the action:

Tonight’s game starts at 7:00 p.m. ET and can be heard on the Belleville Sens Official Broadcast Partner 800 AM CJBQ, with Jack Miller and David Foot (Broadcast time is 6:50 p.m.). The game can also be streamed live on AHL TV.

Don’t forget to download the Belleville Senators app before game time and follow the Sens social media (@BellevilleSens) for updates.

Ticket info:

CAA Arena is back to 100% capacity, with no vaccine mandate in place. Other local and provincial COVID-19 guidelines must still be followed, including the wearing of masks inside CAA Arena, unless actively eating or drinking. Tickets for tonight’s game are available via Ticketmaster or the CAA Arena Box Office (open today 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.).

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