Game Day Build-Up: Senators vs. Americans, Nov. 11



The set-up

The Senators will look to reverse their fortune tonight as they battle the Rochester Americans once again.

The Sens fell 4-2 Friday night, and despite scoring two power play goals, couldn’t overcome individual errors. Belleville enters Saturday’s game 6-7-0-1 while Rochester sit at 7-4-0-1.

Saturday’s game will also feature a special Remembrance Day Ceremony prior to puck drop.

It’ll be the first time the Sens have faced Rochester this season.

Pre-game thoughts

Head coach Kurt Kleinendorst was pleased with the overall performance Friday night, where the Sens managed a season-high 40 shots on goal, but individual errors cost the Sens against the Americans.

Kurt Kleinendorst

“We made some mistakes. We had a bad line change on the first goal, a neutral zone turnover on the second goal and a power play turnover on their fourth goal. It wasn’t team issues, they were individual issues. They all know better, they all meant better but unfortunately three pucks ended up in the back of the net because of it.”

Roster notes

No new injury notes for the Senators who played Friday’s game with only 11 forwards and six defencemen.

The Sens still remain without captain Mike Blunden, Ben Sexton, Max Lajoie, Justin Vaive and Christian Jaros while Nick Paul, Chris DiDomenico and Jack Rodewald are in Sweden with the Ottawa Senators.

Previous history

Friday’s 4-2 win by Rochester was the first meeting between the two sides. Belleville heads to Rochester for the first time Dec. 20.

Who to watch

Gabriel Gagne continued his hot start to the 2017-18 season by notching a power play goal Friday night, his first of the season. The Laval, QC., native has five goals and six points this season.

Brendan Guhle leads all Americans’ defencemen in points this season as he’s put up two goals and six assists in 12 games this year. The 20-year-old got in three games last season with the Buffalo Sabres.

Where to watch

Saturday’s game starts at 7:00pm and can be seen live on through their AHL Live application (subscription required) or at Shoeless Joe’s in Belleville.

The radio broadcast on CJBQ 800 begins at 6:50pm with Jack Miller on the call while David Foot will provide colour commentary.

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