Tonight will be the first meeting of the season between the Ottawa Senators and the Chicago Blackhawks, and the Sens lineup looks like it will be quite different than first expected for the occasion.
After Tuesday's morning skate, prior to the evening's contest, head coach Guy Boucher revealed that defenseman Johnny Oduya will not take part in the game due to an injury.
After leaving the practice early, it was confirmed that he would miss the game.
Forward Matt Duchene, who was not present at the skate because of the flu, will be a gametime decision. He will take part into the warmups and decide before puck drop if he feels good enough to face the Hawks.
Borowiecki is ready to return to the Senators' lineup, if needed
If Duchene cannot play tonight, Boucher revealed that defenseman Mark Borowiecki would make a return to action, and the Sens would have 11 forwards and seven blue liners in the lineup tonight.
The rugged defenseman says he’s ready to return from a concussion that has kept him sidelined since he left a game against the New York Rangers on Nov. 19th.
He skated in a non-contact jersey Monday and told reporters he wants to return against the Chicago Blackhawks Tuesday night at home, which could happen if Duchene is still out with a virus.
Craig Anderson will start for the Senators tonight, while Fredrik Claesson will replace Oduya on the blue line.