SNAPSHOTS: Expect to see Senators goalie Mads Sogaard start on Sunday


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The wait is about to end for mads sogaard.

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As the Ottawa Senators return home to face the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday night at the Canadian Tire Centre, the club’s rookie goaltender is expected to make his second NHL start since being recalled from Belleville.

Sogaard was strong in his debut, 27 stops in the club’s 5-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on April 1 at Little Caesars Arena. Anton Forsberg made his fourth straight Saturday against the New York Rangers, and deserves a break.

This will be a good opportunity for Sogaard, 21, to get the chance to play at home for the first time in his career. The plan is to send him back to Belleville to help that club make the playoffs so that may be a move we see general manager Pierre Dorion make soon.

“We said months ago that young guys were going to get a chance,” coach DJ Smith said. “Sogaard is a huge part of the future as well. It’s harder for goalies, for him to come in this early I don’t think anybody would have thought that would happen.

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“But the injuries to (Matt) Murray allowed this to happen. We do want to get him a home game and then Pierre will make a decision on where it goes from there.”

MAKING AN IMPRESSION

Called up with Dylan Gambrell sidelined with the flu, center Mark Kastelic you have earned a lot of praise from Smith.

This is the third time he has been called up this season and he suited up for his second straight game Saturday against the Rangers. He also faced the Nashville Predators in the club’s 3-2 loss at home Thursday.

Smith is a big believer in a strong work ethic, and that’s why he likes Kastelic so much. He dropped the gloves against Nashville’s luke kuninand while Kaseltic only played 7:28 in a fourth-line role, he left an impression with Smith.

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The 6-foot-3 Kastelic, who was drafted in the fifth round in 2019, has 11 goals and 25 points in 56 games with Belleville.

“I thought Kastelic did a really nice job,” Smith said. “That’s a look into the future. You get a huge center, that’s got some toughness and can win faceoffs. He’s the fittest guy on the team and he lives in the gym.

“Whether it’s right away, halfway through the year or the following year, it looks like Kastelic is going to be an NHL center and a guy that’s going to be part of this group for a long time. On top of the size, strength and toughness, with his demeanor of him I see him being a penalty killer and a big guy that can help us get over the hump. ”

THE LAST WORDS

Gambrell returned from his non-COVID related illness but it doesn’t appear winger Drake Batherson will suit up Sunday against the Jets. He’s been hit hard by the flu, he did n’t make the trip to New York and the Senators were n’t optimistic that he would play this weekend… Center Tim Stuetzle will miss his third straight game because of a knee injury as the Jets come to town. He’s expected to accompany the Senators on the road Monday to Detroit but we’ll have to see if that’s indeed the case… Smith wanted to stick with Forsberg against the Rangers because he has been solid. “He’s given us a chance to win every night,” Smith told reporters in New York. “I said earlier in the year he’s the hardest-working player and he’s ready when the opportunity presents itself. He plays lots of games because he puts the work in. He’s not getting fatigue down the stretch and he’s giving us an opportunity every time he’s played. He’s consistently been our best goalie and we’re happy to happy to have him.”

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