The Ottawa Senators look to finish off their three game road trip on a positive note when they play the Toronto Maple Leafs in Ottawa tonight. Toronto holds the last playoff spot in the east and are currently 7 points ahead of the Senators. While the are still 52 games left, Ottawa has fallen to 13th out of 16 eastern conference teams. A regulation loss would place them nine points behind Ottawa while a regulation win would bring them to within five. It is pretty close to the season being on the line tonight.
Hoffman - Turris - Ryan
MacArthur - Spezza - Condra
Conacher - Zibanejad - Michalek
Greening / Kassian - Smith - Neil
Methot - Karlsson
Phillips - Corvo
Cowen - Wiercioch
Some notes for tonight:
- Robin Lehner hasn't been bad, but he hasn't been great either recently. Craig Anderson will look for a second consecutive solid positive.
- The Senators are 6-2-3 when my good friend Matt Kassian plays.
- Erik Karlsson is without a point in consecutive games for only the second time this season but he was fantastic against Tampa Bay.
- Ottawa has outshot the opposition and won the crucial fancy stats battle in five straight games. They have deserved more than four points in those games.
- Speaking of that, the Leafs have a lot of undeserved points thanks to incredible goaltending. The latest was a 48 save performance from Jonathan Bernier. The Leafs have the worst shot difference in the NHL.
- Phil Kessel has ripped the Sens apart on many occasions. He's currently third in the NHL in shots.
Here are some stats leaders for the two teams tonight.
|Goals||Bobby Ryan||14||Phil Kessel||15|
|Assists||Erik Karlsson||20||Cody Franson||14|
|Points||Erik Karlsson||27||Phil Kessel||27|
|Shots||Jason Spezza||87||Phil Kessel||117|
|Average Ice time||Erik Karlsson||27:41||Dion Phaneuf||24:08|
|Corsi Close %||49.3%||16th||42.1%||29th|
|Fenwick Close %||48.1%||22nd||41.8%||29th|