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Sens Week Ahead: Oct 18 to 24

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Two-game home stand this week

Duuuude!  Buuuuddy!
Duuuude! Buuuuddy!
Kirk Irwin

Blue Jackets @ Senators

Game 5, Saturday, October 18th, 7:00pm
Sportsnet One
Previous game
Flames, Friday, October 17th
Next game
@Sharks, Thursday, October 23rd
Hot
Ryan Johansen - 6P (3G, 3A)
Cold
Fedor Tyutin - 0P

The Blue Jackets are off to a strong start this season, with the same 3-1-0 record as Ottawa.  They've looked pretty good doing it, carrying the play to varying extents in all three wins and only really being outplayed in the loss to Dallas.

Sergei Bobrovsky has been strong in the young season.  He's posted a 0.929 SV% so far, and his .912 against Dallas was his only game below .920 and still a pretty good number for a loss.  This is a back to back, though, so we might be seeing Curtis McElhinney's season debut instead.

Ryan Johansen, Nick Foligno and Cam Atkinson all have a full-season point streak going.  In addition to the 3 goals and 3 assists for Johansen, Atkinson has 4 goals and 1 assist, and Foligno has 1 goal and 4 assists.

So far the penalty kill has been perfect, though they've also spent the least amount of time on the PK in the league.  The power play has been entirely average so far - not great, not terrible.

Maple Leafs @ Senators

Game 6, Wednesday, October 22nd, 7:30pm
Sportsnet
Previous game
@Islanders, Tuesday, October 21st
Next game
Bruins, Saturday, October 25th
Hot
Tyler Bozak - 6P (3G, 3A)
Cold
Jonathan Bernier - 0.882 SV%

Oh, where to start...

The Leafs are 2-3-0 to start the season, though they only really looked in the win against Colorado.

Bernier laid a pair of stinkers in both of his starts, but looked decent against NYR when James Reimer left due to injury.  Reimer has been the reverse - looked good in two games, but not so hot against Detroit.  It's tough to guess who plays on any given night, and the back to back makes it tougher - but my money is on Reimer, given how he usually plays against Ottawa.

The top line of Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk and Tyler Bozak had a rocky start.  They weren't able to do much against Montreal or Pittsburgh, but they came alive on the score sheet against the Rangers and upped their possession game against Colorado and Detroit.  Nazem Kadri, Joffrey Lupul and Daniel Winnik fell apart against Detroit, but did have a solid few games against New York and Colorado even if they didn't find the back of the net terribly well.

The Toronto power play has scored better than 1 in 4 so far this season.  The penalty kill, however, is doing just a bit better than 80%.