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Game 17 preview: Florida Panthers @ Ottawa Senators

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A preview of the game between the Florida Panthers and Ottawa Senators on 9 November 2013.

Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sport

The Ottawa Senators will look to extend their winning streak to three games when they host the Florida Panthers this afternoon at 2:00. It is early of course, but a win would move the Senators above the Canadiens for the last playoff spot in the eastern conference. Robin Lehner will start again. Patrick Wiercioch will play while Eric Gryba is a healthy scratch.

Here are the lineups (the combinations are my guess):

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

Cowen - Karlsson
Methot - Borowiecki
Wiercioch - Phillips

Lehner (starter)
Anderson

Some notes for today:

  • The Senators are 5-0-2 against the eastern conference and 1-6-2 against the west. It is a good thing they will play more against the east.
  • After his three point night, Bobby Ryan now leads the Senators in goals and points. Been quite the start for the unfit guy. Just imagine what he could do with a little more training right?
  • The Senators had two goals from defencemen on Thursday but none from Erik Karlsson. I bet the little guy is going to get back to getting points today.
  • This is a nice little stretch for the Senators to make up for the earlier struggles. After today, Ottawa has Philadelphia, Boston, Columbus and Philadelphia again.
  • Robin Lehner has saved 94.7% of shots in seven games (really six games as one of them was three minutes). Josh Harding has saved 94.9% of shots in 13 games. However, Harding has faced 273 shots while Lehner has faced 243 shots.
  • Lehner has the highest career save percentage in the NHL among goalies with 30+ games. He is also up to 999 career shots faced now with a 93% save percentage. He has also stopped 93.1% of 794 even strength shots. According to this article from Eric T at SBN, a goaltender with a 93% save percentage over 1,000 even strength shots has a true talent of a 92.4% goaltender and there is a 95% chance he is between 91.5% and 93.3%.
  • Former Senators Jesse Winchester has been suspended three games for his hit on Chris Kelly against the Bruins.
  • Today's attendance might be one of the lowest in recent history.

Here are some stats leaders for the two teams tonight.

Category Ottawa Florida
Player # Player #
Goals Bobby Ryan 9 Brad Boyes 5
Assists Kyle Turris 13 Tomas Fleischmann 8
Points Bobby Ryan 18 Tomas Fleischmann 11
Shots Erik Karlsson 55 Tomas Fleischmann 44
Average Ice time Erik Karlsson 27:21 Brian Campbell 25:44

Category Ottawa Florida
# Rank # Rank
Goals For 3.12 7th 1.94 26th
Goals Against 2.88 21st 3.38 28th
Corsi Close % 50.9% 12th 48.1% 21st
Fenwick Close % 48.3% 20th 47.7% 22nd
Shots For 31.2 8th 28.1 25th
Shots Against 37.9 30th 29.3 12th