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Game 22 preview: Ottawa Senators @ Florida Panthers

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A preview of the game between the Ottawa Senators and the Florida Panthers on 28 November 2014.

Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

The Ottawa Senators continue a five game road trip when they visit the Florida Panthers tonight. Ottawa is coming off an impressive 3-2 shootout win over the St. Louis Blues. The Senators hung with the Blues for the first two periods despite trailing 2-0 before completely taking over in the third.

Milan Michalek will return for Colin Greening while Craig Anderson will start in net. Here are the lines and pairings from Sylvain St-Laurent.

Ottawa

MacArthur - Turris - Chiasson
Hoffman - Smith - Ryan
Condra - Legwand - Neil
Michalek - Lazar - Stone

Phillips - Karlsson
Cowen - Ceci
Wiercioch - Gryba

Anderson (starter)
Lehner

Some notes for tonight:

  • The victory over the Blues was the first time this season that the Senators have won a game and outshot their opponents in the same game. They were the last team in the league to accomplish this.
  • Erik Karlsson played over 32 minutes against the Blues. His performance in the third period was probably the best he has played this season.
  • Alex Chiasson is quietly on pace for a 50 point season. He is likely the most underrated player on the team.
  • Craig Anderson seems to do well against his hometown team so he will get the start. He has been very impressive this season. Hopefully Ottawa can stop needing him to be so good.
  • When this road trip ends the Senators will return home and so will Daniel Alfredsson. Let's end this road trip already but even losing the next three games won't be able to kill the mood for that night.
  • I am typing this from a phone so this will be short. Who reads this anyway though right? :-)

Here are some stats for the two teams tonight. All stats are from NHL.com except Corsi and Fenwick are from naturalstattrick.com.

Category Ottawa Florida
Player # Player #
Goals Clarke MacArthur 8 Nick Bjugstad 8
Assists Erik Karlsson 10 Jussi Jokinen 10
Points Erik Karlsson 16 Nick Bjugstad 12
Shots Erik Karlsson 84 Nick Bjugstad 57
Average Ice time Erik Karlsson 27:56 Brian Campbell 23:38

Category Ottawa Florida
# Rank # Rank
Goals For 2.67 15th 2.05 28th
Goals Against 2.57 13th 2.40 10th
Corsi % 48.33% 24th 48.65% 22nd
Fenwick % 45.70% 27th 49.14% 20th
Shots For 29.2 22nd 29.1 23rd
Shots Against 34.9 29th 31.6 22nd