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Game 20 Open Thread: Columbus Blue Jackets @ Ottawa Senators

A preview and open thread for the game between the Ottawa Senators and Columbus Blue Jackets on 17 November 2013.

Chris Neil shares his surprise with Jason Spezza about scoring against Columbus
Chris Neil shares his surprise with Jason Spezza about scoring against Columbus
Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sport

It's a preview and open thread in one day!

After the disaster against the Flyers, the Senators eventually bounced back against the Bruins with 4 unanswered goals to win their first game against the B's in Ottawa in years.

Craig Anderson is making his 3rd consecutive start, while Erik Condra draws back in instead of Matt Kassian. Here are the lines and pairings from the Senators.

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

Methot - Karlsson
Phillips - Borowiecki
Cowen - Gryba

Anderson (starter)

Some notes for tonight:

  • There was some concern about Bobby Ryan being able to play tonight, but he is in the lineup.
  • Ottawa again has the chance to move out of last place in shots allowed. Ottawa currently has allowed 36.7 shots per game, the Sabres have allowed 36 and the Leafs have allowed 35.8.
  • Kyle Turris is pointless in 2 games, only the second time this season that has happened. The first time was in San Jose and Anaheim.
  • After concerns of Jason Spezza's ice time, he was double shifted for chunks of Friday's game and lead the Ottawa forwards in ice time.
  • The Senators are still two points behind the last playoff spot, but with 2 games in hand. There are 2 teams tied with them in points though, and 2 more only 1 point behind.
  • Ottawa has been outshot in 15 of their 19 games so far. The last game against Columbus was one of those 15 games.
  • Erik Karlsson can extend his lead among defensemen in goals and points today.

Here are some stats for the two teams this afternoon.

Category Ottawa Columbus
Player # Player #
Goals Bobby Ryan 10 Brandon Dubinsky 5
Assists Kyle Turris 14 James Wisniewski 13
Points Bobby Ryan 20 Brandon Dubinsky 15
Shots Erik Karlsson 63 Cam Atkinson 65
Average Ice time Erik Karlsson 26:50 Jack Johnson 23:11

Category Ottawa Columbus
# Rank # Rank
Goals For 3.00 9th 2.47 20th
Goals Against 2.90 22nd 2.90 21st
Corsi Close % 49.3% 18th 46.6% 26th
Fenwick Close % 47.0% 23rd 46.7% 24th
Shots For 30.8 9th 30.5 13th
Shots Against 36.7 30th 31.2 21st

Next Game

Columbus Blue Jackets
@ Ottawa Senators

Sunday, Nov 17, 2013, 1:00 PM EST
Canadian Tire Centre

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