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Round One, Game Two preview: Ottawa Senators @ Canadiens de Montréal

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A preview of the game between the Ottawa Senators and the Montréal Canadiens on 17 April 2015.

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After losing 4-3 in a rather eventful opener to the series, the Ottawa Senators will look to head back to fair Ontario with a tied series. Mark Stone's status for the remainder of the series is unknown at this time, while P.K. Subban will not be suspended for his brutal assault on Stone. That's a disgrace, that's a disgrace, what a joke, it's typical, Montréal typical.

Here are the lines and pairings for the Senators if Mark Stone can't go, he is a game time decision.

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

Methot - Karlsson
Wiercioch - Ceci
Borowiecki - Gryba

Hammond (starter)
Anderson

Some notes for tonight:

  • Hopefully Dave Cameron doesn't follow through on his threats to take revenge on P.K. Subban after Subban escaped suspension. It's only a 1-0 series and the Senators are very much in it. Would be a shame to let that slip away chasing revenge.
  • Ottawa did a lot of good things in the first period, and were almost dominant in the second half of the period. Things fell apart in the second period, both defensively and from a goaltending point of view. Andrew Hammond doesn't need to be as dominant as he was in the regular season, but he definitely needs to be better than he was on Wednesday.
  • The Senators fourth line was supposed to be a huge advantage but it was Montréal's fourth line that got two goals. Hopefully that was a one time occurrence.
  • The bottom pairing of Eric Gryba and Mark Borowiecki were Corsi monsters in game one. Can't say I saw that coming.
  • Erik Karlsson has 16 points in 24 career playoff games.
  • Even ignoring the viciousness of Subban's slash, the guy doesn't have too many brains to randomly lose control after his team had scored two quick goals to take the lead. What a clown.
  • If the Senators lose this game, I still wouldn't put it past this team to win four out of five games, after what they have done the last two months. Still, such a different feeling to return home 1-1 versus 0-2.
  • What does Dave Cameron have against Mike Hoffman? Even with Stone's status uncertain, Hoffman was on the fourth line in practice yesterday.
  • Did I mention I really hate every single thing about the Canadiens?
  • Bobby Ryan making an appearance tonight would certainly be a huge boost. Ottawa definitely has problems in the right wing position.

Here are some stats for the two teams tonight. All stats are from NHL.com except Corsi and Fenwick are from www.war-on-ice.com

Category Ottawa Montréal
Player # Player #
Goals Mika Zibanejad 1 Brian Flynn 1
Assists Patrick Wiercioch 2 Brian Flynn 2
Points Mika Zibanejad 2 Brian Flynn 3
Shots Curtis Lazar 4 Jeff Petry 6
Average Ice time Erik Karlsson 30:55 Jeff Petry 24:39

Category Ottawa Montréal
# Rank # Rank
Goals For 3.00 6th 4.00 1st
Goals Against 4.00 12th 3.00 9th
Score adjusted Corsi % 49.3% 10th 50.7% 7th
Score adjusted Fenwick % 48.6% 12th 51.4% 21st
Shots For 33.0 6th 39.0 4th
Shots Against 39.0 13th 33.0 10th