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Game 79 preview: Ottawa Senators @ Toronto Maple Leafs

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A preview of the game between the Ottawa Senators and the Toronto Maple Leafs on 5 April 2015.

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Ottawa Senators continue to play with our hearts and continue to pull out wins. The Senators blew a 3-0 lead before beating the Washington Capitals 4-3 in overtime last night, following a 2-1 shootout win over the Detroit Red Wings that was possible after a late equaliser. The Detroit win was preceded by a shootout win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Tonight the Senators will look to close the gap on the Boston Bruins to a single point when they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Andrew Hammond will start again. There was no morning skate today, here is the team that played last night.

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

Methot - Karlsson
Wiercioch - Ceci
Borowiecki - Gryba

Hammond (starter)
Anderson

Some notes for tonight:

  • At the time of writing, Philadelphia leads Pittsburgh 2-1 after two periods. The Flyers are being badly outshot though. In the unlikely event that the Flyers hold out in the third, the Senators will control their own fate going into tonight's game.
  • Can we please get Zack Smith out of the top six? Mike Hoffman played under 10 minutes last night.
  • Erik Karlsson has 301 points in his career after the two last night. He needs six in the last four to hit 70 for the third consecutive full season.
  • Mark Stone is unbelievable. In that I never believed he would ever be closing in on 60 points, much less in his first full season. Very happy to be wrong.
  • The Senators have 40 wins on the season, with 20 of them in the last two months.
  • I am typing this from my phone so this will be short but go Sens!

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 Toronto
Player # Player #
Goals Mike Hoffman 26 James van Riemsdyk 26
Assists Erik Karlsson 44 Phil Kessel 36
Points Erik Karlsson 64 Phil Kessel 59
Shots Erik Karlsson 279 Phil Kessel 266
Average Ice time Erik Karlsson 27:10 Dion Phaneuf 23:35

Category Ottawa Toronto
# Rank # Rank
Goals For 2.82 10th 2.54 24th
Goals Against 2.59 13th 3.13 26th
Score adjusted Corsi % 50.6% 18th 45.3% 27th
Score adjusted Fenwick % 49.0% 20th 45.2% 28th
Shots For 30.8 11th 29.1 23rd
Shots Against 32.2 25th 33.4 29th