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Game 59 preview: Carolina Hurricanes @ Ottawa Senators

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A preview of the game between Erik Karlsson's Ottawa Senators and the Carolina Hurricanes on 18 February 2016.

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After failing to pick up any points on Tuesday, Erik Karlsson will look to get back on track in tonight's game against the Carolina Hurricanes. Despite having eight shots on goal in each of the last two games, Karlsson has had just a single point to show for it.

The Senators are probably going to need something like a 7-game winning streak to get back into the race and they haven't won three games in a row for almost three months. So it is probably not going to happen but hey there was last year. Ottawa is currently six points out of the final playoff spot and has played three extra games.

There are expected to be no changes to the lineup and Craig Anderson will start. Here are the lines and pairings.

Smith - Pageau - Stone
Hoffman - Turris - Ryan
Dzingel - Zibanejad - Chiasson
Paul - Lazar - Neil

Methot - Karlsson
Phaneuf - Ceci
Wiercioch - Wideman

Anderson (starter)
Hammond

Some notes for tonight:

  • Karlsson hasn't been hurt too badly from his last two games thanks to Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin also struggling to score. All three have 24 games left with Benn at 64 and Karlsson and Seguin both at 63 points.
  • Karlsson has played over 32 minutes in the last four games and a total of 12 times this season.
  • Ryan Dzingel has looked very good so far in the NHL. Makes you wonder why the likes of David Dziurzynski got long looks before him.
  • Is Kyle Turris still not fully healed? And if not, can't be long before the club shuts him down. I guess they are not throwing in the towel for the season.
  • Getting worked by the Sabres at home for stretches was not a good look was it?
  • How much longer until the Phaneuf-Karlsson eventually becomes a full time thing?
  • The Hurricanes have been surprisingly competitive this year thanks to goaltending finally not being awful.
  • Mike Hoffman is going to have a huge game tonight. A minimum of two points because...reasons
  • If you are going to the game and want to say hello, I will be the brown guy in 323 wearing a Swedish national team jersey.

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 Carolina
Player # Player #
Goals Mike Hoffman 24 Jeff Skinner 19
Assists Erik Karlsson 51 Jordan Staal 21
Points Erik Karlsson 63 Justin Faulk 34
Shots Erik Karlsson 177 Justin Faulk 163
Average Ice time Erik Karlsson 29:04 Justin Faulk 24:38

Category Ottawa Carolina
# Rank # Rank
Goals For 2.76 8th 2.44 23rd
Goals Against 3.07 30th 2.58 14th
Event, Score and venue adjusted Corsi % 47.2% 22nd 51.9% 9th
Event, Score and venue adjusted Fenwick % 46.4% 27th 50.9% 13th
Shots For 28.4 26th 30.2 13th
Shots Against 33.1 30th 26.7 2nd