Sens, Sabres set for Hockeyville battle

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:35 PM ET

DUNDAS, Ont. -- The Senators and Sabres will return to their roots Tuesday at J.L. Grightmare Arena.

Playing on an ice surface smaller than a regulation NHL building, the Senators and Sabres will participate in the fifth annual Kraft Hockeyville game at the 1,200 seat arena in the Hamilton suburb.

The Senators didn't bring many of their regulars. Robin Lehner will make the start and is expected to play the whole game. After tonight's game, cuts will be made to the training camp roster, with approximately 14 players sent packing.

The top line tonight will be Jarkko Ruutu-Chris Kelly-Chris Neil.

"There's excitement and there's enthusiasm and I think that's great," said Ottawa coach Cory Clouston. "This is very familiar to guys from smaller towns, smaller arenas and kind of a community atmosphere."

Neil said he is looking forward to the game.

"There is a lot of kids here and that makes it exciting," said Neil.

Dundas won the right to host the game by beating out four other communities. The city received more than one million votes.

The Sabres brought a good lineup - including goalie Ryan Miller, sophomore Tyler Myers and Jason Pominville.

"We're just excited to be part of it," said Miller. "I don't think there's going to be quite the intensity. It sends you back to when you were young."

The rink was jammed with kids.

"I'm not sure if there's any kids in school," said Pominville.

Game time is 7 p.m. It will be televised on TSN and radio coverage is on the Team 1200.


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