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Game 7 preview: New Jersey Devils @ Ottawa Senators

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A preview of the game between the Ottawa Senators and New Jersey Devils on 22 October 2015.

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After four days off, the Ottawa Senators return to action with a home game against the New Jersey Devils. Ottawa probably had its best performance of the season in the 4-3 shootout loss to the Predators while the Devils have won consecutive games after starting 0-3-1.

The Senators will go with the same skaters tonight and Andrew Hammond will get the start. Marc Methot and Clarke MacArthur are both still out with concussions. Here are the lines from Gord Wilson.

Hoffman - Turris - Stone
Michalek - Zibanejad - Ryan
Chiasson - Pageau - Lazar
Prince - Smith - Neil

Borowiecki - Karlsson
Wiercioch - Ceci
Cowen - Wideman

Hammond (starter)
Anderson

And here is the Devils lineup from Wayne Scanlan.

Cammalleri - Henrique - Stempniak
Tlusty - Zajac - Palmieri
O'Neill - Josefson - Tootoo
Matteau - Kalinin - Gionta

Greene - Larsson
Moore - Severson
Gelinas - Schlemko

Schneider (starter)
Kinkaid

Some notes for tonight:

  • Erik Karlsson, Kyle Turris and Mark Stone are all tied for seventh in the NHL in scoring with eight points. Mike Hoffman is one back at seven points.
  • Andrew Hammond will play for the first time in a competitive game since game two of the first round series against Montréal.
  • Obviously really small samples, but Karlsson hasn't really missed Marc Methot this season in terms of Corsi. Ottawa has 45.6% of the attempted shots in 80 minutes with Methot and Karlsson on the ice and 56.4% in 37 minutes of Karlsson with someone else.
  • The Senators could really use their second line showing up at any moment now. Excluding empty net goals, Ottawa has 11 goals at even strength this season with their top line accounting for eight of them.
  • How many people in the Devils lineup do you recognise?
  • Corey Schneider has a save percentage of 93.7% and he will probably need numbers similar to those for the Devils to win tonight.
  • The Senators have been shorthanded on average 4.5 times per game, which is the second highest in the NHL. The Kings lead at 5.2 times per game.

Here are some stats for the two teams tonight. All stats are from NHL.com except Corsi and Fenwick are from www.puckon.net. Note that Corsi is now adjusted for score as well as the venue and event type.

Category Ottawa New Jersey
Player # Player #
Goals Kyle Turris 4 Adam Henrique 3
Assists Erik Karlsson 8 Mike Cammalleri 3
Points Kyle Turris 8 Mike Cammalleri 5
Shots Mike Hoffman 18 Mike Cammalleri 17
Average Ice time Erik Karlsson 26:04 Andy Greene 24:24

Category Ottawa New Jersey
# Rank # Rank
Goals For 3.00 8th 1.83 26th
Goals Against 2.67 19th 2.50 16th
Event, Score and venue adjusted Corsi % 50.2% 15th 46.7% 23rd
Event, Score and venue adjusted Fenwick % 50.1% 15th 49.2% 18th
Shots For 27.7 22nd 24.8 27th
Shots Against 34.0 30th 26.3 5th