The Ottawa Senators will look to pass the Boston Bruins in the standings by completing a home-and-home sweep tonight. Ottawa won 3-1 on Sunday against Boston despite being outshot 39-22. The Senators have lost seven out of the last eight on the road (1-6-1) while the Bruins have lost three in a row overall.
Ottawa will go with the same lineup that won on Sunday and the Bruins will be without David Krejci who injured himself during the last game. Craig Anderson will start again. Here are the expected lines and pairings.
Smith - Turris - Stone
Hoffman - Zibanejad - Ryan
Dziurzynski - Pageau - Chiasson
Prince - McCormick - Neil
Methot - Karlsson
Wiercioch - Borowiecki
Cowen - Wideman
Some notes for tonight:
- Erik Karlsson didn't have his most dominant game, but does anyone else recall him keeping the puck in the offensive zone or in the neutral zone by batting a puck down in mid-air cleanly with his stick? It must have happened three or four times. And there was of course that ridiculous dangle.
- Here are Karlsson's ranks in some categories among defencemen that he leads or is near the lead. Points (1st), assists (1st), goals (4th), primary points (1st), primary assists (1st), even strength points (1st), even strength goals (second), even strength assists (1st), power play points, power play assists (1st).
- Craig Anderson has faced the most shots in the league, but he is 12th out of 30 in save percentage among the 30 goalies that have faced the most shots. At even strength he is 16th out of 30. There is nothing really too unsustainable about the Senators goaltending.
- Another Karlsson tidbit because what else is there to get excited about with this team? He is the only player in the eastern conference in the top 10 in the NHL points race. Mike Hoffman and Bobby Ryan are tied with a few others for second in the east, but seven points behind Karlsson.
- After eight goals in the first 12, Kyle Turris has just five in the last 24. He is still on pace for 64 points this season.
- Zack Smith played over 20 minutes against Boston. Despite his continued presence on the top line, he has one goal and no assists in the last eight games.
- The Bruins missing David Krejci should be a big blow to them. Ottawa just might be able to stay in the game because of this.
- Ottawa is currently fifth in the division but could finish the night as high as second. It is really tight in the eastern conference after the Capitals.
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.
|Goals||Mike Hoffman||17||Brad Marchand||15|
|Assists||Erik Karlsson||31||David Krejci||22|
|Points||Erik Karlsson||40||Patrice Bergeron||33|
|Shots||Mike Hoffman||96||Patrice Bergeron||117|
|Average Ice time||Erik Karlsson||28:03||Zdeno Chara||24:22|
|Event, Score and venue adjusted Corsi %||46.9%||26th||50.0%||16th|
|Event, Score and venue adjusted Fenwick %||46.6%||28th||51.0%||11th|