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Game 10 preview: Ottawa Senators @ Detroit Red Wings

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A preview of the game between the Ottawa Senators and Detroit Red Wings on 30 October 2015.

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The Ottawa Senators will play the first game of a home-and-home with the Red Wings with the first game in Detroit tonight. The Senators ended a four-game losing streak with a 5-4 shootout win over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday. The Red Wings lost for the fifth time in six games with Tuesday's 3-1 loss at home to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Ottawa will go with the same lineup except Andrew Hammond starts in net. Here are the lines.

Prince - Turris - Stone
Puempel - Zibanejad - Ryan
Michalek - Pageau - Chiasson
McCormick - Smith - Neil

Methot - Karlsson
Wiercioch - Ceci
Cowen - Borowiecki (*gulps*)

Hammond (starter)
Anderson

Some notes for tonight:

  • Aside from when Erik Karlsson was on the ice, the Senators were ripped to pieces against a terrible Flames team. During 5-on-5 play, shots on goal were 10-9 for Ottawa with Karlsson on the ice and 19-7 for Calgary with Karlsson off the ice. In terms of attempted shots, it was 21-18 for Ottawa with Karlsson on the ice and 36-17 for Calgary with Karlsson on the bench.
  • On a related note, how long is this Mark Borowiecki and Jared Cowen experiment going to linger on? It is well past comical that Chris Wideman continues to sit. The Patrick Wiercioch and Cody Ceci pairing were also awful on Wednesday.
  • Mike Hoffman is closing in on a return and might be back for tomorrow's return game against the Wings. Can't come fast enough.
  • All four of the Senators overtime games have gone to a shootout. Only five out of 25 games for the rest of the league have gone to a shootout. This contrasts with the rest of the Senators games having plenty of goals for both teams.
  • Erik Karlsson isn't too pleased by the 3-on-3 format. He finds it boring and tiring.
  • Detroit really does seem like a mess right now. They are last in the NHL in shots per game. Is it the injury to Pavel Datsyuk? Or just a short blip? Or missing Mike Babcock? In any case the Senators have another winnable game.
  • It was nice to see Bobby Ryan finally score on a goaltender. Will it continue?

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 Detroit
Player # Player #
Goals Kyle Turris 5 Gustav Nyquist 4
Assists Erik Karlsson 9 Henrik Zetterberg 9
Points Kyle Turris 10 Henrik Zetterberg 11
Shots Kyle Turris 24 Dylan Larkin 23
Average Ice time Erik Karlsson 26:54 Niklas Kronwall 22:53

Category Ottawa Detroit
# Rank # Rank
Goals For 3.00 9th 2.44 18th
Goals Against 3.11 25th 2.67 17th
Event, Score and venue adjusted Corsi % 49.8% 17th 47.6% 23rd
Event, Score and venue adjusted Fenwick % 49.6% 19th 45.3% 25th
Shots For 29.3 19th 24.3 30th
Shots Against 33.3 29th 32.0 25th