Game 24 Preview: Ottawa Senators @ Carolina Hurricanes

It's Hurricane vs Turricane - USA TODAY Sports

Next stop Raleigh

With no practice this morning, we've got to wait for the Senators to post the expected lineups (around 3pm). I'm guessing they'll look pretty similar to last night's though, and guessing Craig Anderson as the starter due to the back to back.

Edit, 3:05pm: No changes at all, which means Robin Lehner gets the start.

MacArthur - Turris - Ryan
Michalek - Spezza - Zibanejad
Conacher - Smith - Neil
Condra - Grant - Greening

Methot - Karlsson
Phillips - Borowiecki
Cowen - Wiercioch

Lehner (starter)
Anderson

Some notes for tonight:

  • Just a heads up, the game is on Sportsnet Sens today.
  • Important game for the bubble - Ottawa and Carolina are 5 and 3 points (thanks Metro!) out respectively.
  • Erik Karlsson is 10th in league scoring. The closest any defenseman has come to finishing in the top 10 in the past 15 years was... Erik Karlsson in 2011-12 (11th). A really good night (3 points) and he could move up to the top 5.
  • The MacTurryan line has 6 goals in the past 3 game. That's good.
  • Spezza and Michalek haven't been on the ice for an even strength goal in 4 games now. That's not so good.
  • Not related to this game, holyshitRonBurgundydoingcolourcommentaryforcurling.

Here are some stats for the two teams this evening.

Category Ottawa (The Erik Karlsson show, featuring special guest Bobby Ryan) Carolina
Player # Player #
Goals Bobby Ryan 11 Eric Staal 5
Assists Erik Karlsson 17 Eric Staal 9
Points Erik Karlsson 24 Eric Staal 14
Shots Erik Karlsson 70 Nathan Gerbe 71
Average Ice time Erik Karlsson 27:38 Justin Faulk 23:45

Category Ottawa Carolina
# Rank # Rank
Goals For 2.91 7th 1.91 29th
Goals Against 3.04 24th 2.74 17th
Corsi Close % 48.4% 21st 46.2% 26th
Fenwick Close % 46.8% 24th 45.4% 27th
Shots For 31.1 10th 28.7 20th
Shots Against 35.7 28th 31.8 22nd
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