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Game 19 Preview: Ottawa Senators vs. St Louis Blues

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Ottawa finishes off its short homestand with a game against the Blues.

Wiercioch attempting to stop Lehner's decision to go coast-to-coast
Wiercioch attempting to stop Lehner's decision to go coast-to-coast
Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Senators were nearly doubled in shots on Thursday night when the Predators came to town, but the good news was that the Sens held on for the win 3-2. Robin Lehner was outstanding, enough that he will get the start again this afternoon. After this afternoon's game against the Blues, the Sens head out for five games on the road. The Sens' lineup is unchanged from Thursday night. The Blues will likely start Sens castoff Brian Elliott, who is 1-0-1 in Kanata since being traded by Ottawa.

Below are the expected lines for the game:

Ottawa

MacArthur - Turris - Chiasson
Greening - Legwand -Ryan
Hoffman - Zibanejad - Stone
Michalek - Smith - Neil

Phillips - Karlsson
Cowen - Ceci
Borowiecki - Gryba

Lehner (starter)
Anderson

And here are the lines for the Blues:

St Louis

Berglund - Backes - Oshie
Schwartz - Lehtera - Tarasenko
Steen - Stastny - Paajarvi
Ott - Lapierre - Reaves

Bouwmeester - Pietrangelo
Gunnarsson - Shattenkirk
Jackman - Cole

Elliott (starter)
Allen

Some notes for tonight:

  • Lehner gets back-to-back starts for the first time this season. Craig Anderson got four starts in a row after Lehner put in one poor game against the Maple Leafs. We'll see if another good night for Lehner means another start in a row.
  • Interestingly, Lehner started both games against the Blues last season. With the Sens playing Monday and Tuesday night, I wouldn't be surprised to see Lehner get Tuesday's start against the Blues.
  • The Senators won both games against the Blues last year. The first featured this unforgettable first career goal for Cody Ceci.
  • The other game, the Senators won in the shootout. The shootout featured a goal by Stephane Da Costa (remember him?).
  • Bobby Ryan has two goals in two games. Let's hope he can make it three.
  • The Blues line of Jaden Schwartz, Jori Lehtera, and Vladimir Tarasenko has been on fire. They are 2nd, 3rd, and 1st respectively in team scoring. They have combined for 59 points in the team's first 19 games.

Stats:

As always, all stats are from NHL.com, except for Corsi and Fenwick, which are from naturalstattrick.com

Category Ottawa St Louis
Player # Player #
Goals Clarke MacArthur 8
Vladimir Tarasenko 11
Assists Erik Karlsson 9
Kevin Shattenkirk 15
Points Clarke McArthur 14 Tarasenko 22
Shots Erik Karlsson 74
Tarasenko 73
Average Ice time Erik Karlsson 27:42 Alex Pietrangelo 25:34

Category Ottawa St Louis
# Rank # Rank
Goals For 2.72 14th 2.53 21st
Goals Against 2.50 13th 2.00 1st
EV Corsi % 47.20% 26th 52.80% 5th
EV Fenwick % 45.25% 28th 53.55% 4th
Shots For 29.4 20th 31.0 9th
Shots Against 34.8 29th 26.2 2nd