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Game 48 preview: Arizona Coyotes @ Ottawa Senators

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A preview of the game between the Ottawa Senators and Arizona Coyotes on 31 January 2015.

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Ottawa Senators return to action when they host the Arizona Coyotes this afternoon. Ottawa continues to meander along at around a point per game pace and sit 24th in the NHL seven points ahead of the 28th place Coyotes. The Senators are coming off a disappointing 6-3 loss to Dallas while Arizona won 3-1 in Toronto.

Craig Anderson has been placed on injured reserve so Robin Lehner will start again. Patrick Wiercioch and Eric Gryba will be the healthy scratches. David Legwand is back in for the injured Alex Chiasson.

Here are the lines from Gord Wilson.

MacArthur - Zibanejad - Ryan
Hoffman - Turris - Lazar
Michalek - Legwand - Stone
Condra - Pageau - Neil

Methot - Karlsson
Cowen - Ceci
Phillips - Borowiecki

Lehner (starter)
Hammond

Some notes for today:

  • That bottom pairing should be something. Two terrible defencemen, neither good at moving the puck and one playing his wrong side.
  • Robin Lehner has a save percentage under 90% for six straight games now. He has allowed four or more goals in his last five starts.
  • Mika Zibanejad sure has silenced his critics from earlier in the season that were laughably suggesting the AHL for him. He is getting better and better and might make a case for being the Senators best centre before too long.
  • Cody Ceci and Jared Cowen continue to look like a horror show together. Really hope one or both players are replaced from the second pairing for next season.
  • Bobby Ryan has been fantastic for a while now. If he can keep it up, that contract extension could prove to be of good value.
  • Thanks to two empty net goals, Erik Karlsson ended up as a -3 on Thursday.

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 Arizona
Player # Player #
Goals Mike Hoffman 16 Mikkel Boedker 14
Assists Erik Karlsson 22 Keith Yandle 27
Points Bobby Ryan 35 Antoine Vermette 31
Shots Erik Karlsson 179 Oliver Ekman-Larsson 158
Average Ice time Erik Karlsson 27:08 Oliver Ekman-Larsson 25:16

Category Ottawa Arizona
# Rank # Rank
Goals For 2.68 20th 2.25 26th
Goals Against 2.77 21st 3.27 29th
Corsi % 49.77% 18th 48.77% 23rd
Fenwick % 47.57% 24th 48.23% 23rd
Shots For 30.1 12th 29.3 21st
Shots Against 32.8 26th 32.1 25th