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Game Day Build-Up: Senators host Marlies to conclude four-game homestand

February 16, 2024

Belleville Sens Game Day Build-Up
Feb.16/24 vs Toronto Marlies (NHL Affiliate: Toronto Maple Leafs)            

The Set-Up:

Coming off back-to-back wins and recording four victories in their last five games, the Belleville Sens look to continue on a consistent path as they prepare for a busy 48 hours, or so. The Senators will host the arch-nemesis Toronto Marlies at CAA Arena tonight, before hopping on the bus and heading to Utica, for another matchup with the Comets on Saturday. If the challenging travel isn’t enough, the razor’s edge points difference in the North Division continues to add on the pressure, with the fourth-place Sens leading fifth-place Toronto by just a point coming into tonight’s game.

Previous History:

This is the eighth round of the AHL’s Battle of Ontario and the 73rd all-time meeting between Belleville and Toronto. It’s also the final meeting of this regular season to be played at CAA Arena, with the final twp games of the season series to be played at Coca-Cola Coliseum in March and April.The Sens have had the upper hand on their in-province rivals this season, skating to a 5-1-0-1 record, including three wins at home. Lifetime against Toronto, Belleville is 36-30-2-4 and 17-17-0-3 on home-ice.

Roster Notes:

Belleville defenceman Max Guenette was recalled to Ottawa on an emergency basis and dressed for the NHL Senators in their game against Anaheim last night, but that’s been the only transaction since earlier in the week. Full lineup details, including tonight’s alignment, will be available prior to puck drop.

Who to Watch:

Sens forward Rourke Chartier was pivotal in Belleville’s win over Syracuse earlier this weekend, scoring twice and adding an assist. Fellow recent NHL returnee Zack MacEwen had a pair of goals for himself on Saturday as well and has scored four times in five games for Belleville this season. Power forward Jiri Smejkal is on a three game point streak (three goals, two assists) coming into tonight’s game, while four Senators have points in back-to-back games including Dillon Heatherington, Angus Crookshank, Garrett Pilon, and rookie Oskar Pettersson.

Since the Marlies have recorded back-to-back losses, there are no Toronto players on significant point streaks coming into tonight’s contest. However, Ryan Tverberg (four goals, two assists), and Kieffer Bellows (two goals, four assists) have been standouts for the Marlies in the season series, each recording six points in five games against Belleville this season.

At the rink:

With a large crowd expected, fans are encouraged to arrive early to CAA Arena tonight. Fans will also be able to take advantage of the Sens “Buy More Save More” event which begins tonight, by either stopping by The Locker Room Store, the Gate 2 Merchandise Kiosk, shopping from your seat via the Sens online store.

Ticket info:

Tickets for all Belleville Sens home games for the remainder of the 2023-24 season are now on sale online, via Ticketmaster or the Belleville Sens Ticket Hub, by visiting the Belleville Sens Box Office at the Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre, or by emailing Box Office hours are available by clicking here.

Fans can also click the following links for more information on season seat membershipsflex packsgroup experiences or Business Elite memberships, or send an email to

Follow the action:

Tonight’s game starts at 7:00 p.m. (ET) and can be seen on AHL TV and heard on the Belleville Sens Entertainment Network. Pregame coverage from CAA Arena, in Belleville, Ontario, begins at 6:50 p.m. (ET) with David Foot and Tim Durkin.

The full 2023-24 Belleville Senators regular season schedule can be found by clicking here.

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