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Game Day Build-Up: Senators head to Toronto for round six of Battle of Ontario

January 12, 2024

Belleville Sens Game Day Build-Up
Jan.12/24 @ Toronto Marlies (NHL Affiliate: Toronto Maple Leafs)

The Set-Up:

The Belleville Senators have had an outstanding start to the New Year, sweeping their three-game set with the Manitoba Moose and including a 4-0 shutout of the Moose on Wednesday night at CAA Arena, to extend their season-high win streak. They’ll try to keep it rolling this weekend against another Canadian rival, as the Sens hit the road to Coca-Cola Coliseum today, to kick off a Friday/Sunday home-and-home set in the AHL’s Battle of Ontario. The Sens have been the AHL’s hottest team of late, winning seven straight games and putting them one victory shy of tying the franchise record, while Toronto has been trending in the opposite direction. The Marlies have lost seven in a row, most recently, a 4-3 overtime defeat at home to Syracuse this past Sunday.

Previous History:

This is meeting number six-of-10 in the season series, with Belleville earning a point in every game so far, holding a 4-0-0-1 record. Two of those wins have come on the road, one on Boxing Day at Scotiabank Arena and the other on December 30 at Coca-Cola Coliseum. Lifetime against the Marlies, the Sens are 36-29-2-4, with a 12-12-2-1 record away from home.

Roster Notes:

The Senators haven’t made any transactions between Wednesday night’s win and this morning. Full lineup information, including tonight’s alignment, will be available before the puck drop.

Who to Watch:

Veteran Belleville forward Josh Currie has been picking up steam over the back half of the Sens’ recent win streak. The 31-year-old from Charlottetown, PEI, had a goal on Wednesday and has four points over his last five games. Meanwhile, Egor Sokolov scored twice on Wednesday night and has four goals over his last five games, with at least three shots on goal, each of his last four games. Both goaltenders for Belleville have been outstanding of late as well, with Mads Sogaard winning three straight games and Kevin Mandolese winning his last four appearances.

The focus for Toronto will likely be in the crease as well, with big Swedish netminder Dennis Hildeby returning from the NHL Maple Leafs. And bringing the 4th best goals against average in the AHL (2.20) into tonight’s game. Toronto also has a handful of players with points in back-to-back games, including Joseph Blandisi, Kieffer Bellows, Alex Steeves, Toppi Nielmela, and Max Lajoie.

Ticket info:

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Follow the action:

Today’s game starts at 7:00 p.m. (ET) and can be seen on AHL TV, TSN2 and heard on the Belleville Sens Entertainment Network. Pregame coverage from Coca-Cola Coliseum, in Toronto, Ontario, begins at 6:50 p.m. (ET) with David Foot.

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