Blues vs. Senators
When, where: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Canadian Tire Centre.
TV, radio: FSM, WXOS (101.1 FM).
About the Senators: Ottawa is in full rebuild mode after finishing last overall (29-47-6) and last defensively (3.67 goals allowed per game) in the 2018-19 season. Former Toronto assistant D.J. Smith is the new coach. With a youth movement underway, the team’s motto for the season is: "The Kids are Alright." So far, that hasn’t been the case.
The Senators haven’t played since Saturday and are 0-2-0, losing 5-3 at Toronto on Oct. 2 and 4-1 Saturday at home against the New York Rangers. St. Louisan Brady Tkachuk, the No. 4 pick in the 2018 NHL draft, scored a goal in both games.
Veteran forward Vladislav Namestnikov, who scored 22 goals in the 2017-18 season, was acquired Monday in a trade with the Rangers and is expected to make his Senators debut Thursday. Goalie Anders Nilsson, who stopped 35 shots in a 2-0 victory over the Blues here last March 14, makes his season debut.