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Game 75 Preview: Florida Panthers @ Ottawa Senators

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The Ottawa Senators return home from disappointing performance against the Leafs to face the Panthers

Where'd the puck go?!
Where'd the puck go?!
Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Did something happen last night? No? Good. Let's move on from the hypothetical thing that never happened.

The Ottawa Senators are in desperate need of a win this afternoon/evening when the Florida Panthers roll into town. They stand one point back of the Boston Bruins for the final play-off spot, but do have a game in hand on the B's. In spite of all the hand wringing, the team still controls its own fate. Eight games to go. Two weeks. Let's go.

There was no skate this morning, so my best guess at the line-up:

Hoffman - Zibanejad - Ryan
MacArthur - Turris - Stone
Condra - Pageau - Lazar
Smith - Legwand - Chiasson

Methot - Karlsson
Wiercioch - Ceci
Borowiecki - Gryba

Anderson (starter)
Driedger

Some notes for tonight:

  • According to most reports, Roberto Luongo will start tonight for Florida. Back-to-backs are rarely kind to goalies; let's hope Lou feels some of that extra fatigue
  • Tonight could be a look at two of the finalists for the Calder Trophy this year, Aaron Ekblad and Mark Stone. After a hot start to the year, Ekblad has cooled off considerably but is still second on the team in ice time and fifth in points. For an 18 year old, that's awfully impressive.
  • Speaking of impressive rookies, Mike Hoffman's production has fallen off a bit in recent weeks. Nonetheless, it was baffling to see Alex Chiasson take his place for most of last night's game. Hoffman played less than three minutes in the third period. Perhaps not coincidentally, the Sens only generated three shots on net
  • The Bruins are also in action today as they face the Carolina Hurricanes. Go Canes!

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

Category Ottawa Florida
Player # Player #
Goals Mike Hoffman 26 AUTO_LINK_TOKEN_2_AUTO_LINK_TOKENick Bjugstad 24
Assists Erik Karlsson 41 Jussi Jokinen 33
Points Erik Karlsson 60 Nick Bjugstad 43
Shots Erik Karlsson 262 Nick Bjugstad 207
Average Ice time Erik Karlsson 27:05 Brian Campbell 23:22

Category Ottawa Florida
# Rank # Rank
Goals For 2.85 9th 2.37 25th
Goals Against 2.61 16th 2.60 15th
Score adjusted Corsi % 50.6% 19th 50.8% 18th
Score adjusted Fenwick % 49.1% 20th 50.6% 18th
Shots For 30.8 12th 30.7 13th
Shots Against 32.3 25th 29.6 16th