A surging Erik Karlsson will look to stay on track in tonight's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Karlsson's two points on Thursday gave him points in seven of his last eight games, totalling 10 in that span. His 55 points leave him three points out of the final wild card spot in the eastern conference. Mike Hoffman also scored in the 7-2 loss to Edmonton, which followed a 6-5 loss in Pittsburgh.
The Leafs won 3-2 against New Jersey in their last game and are five points behind Ottawa at the moment. The Senators called up Ryan Dzingel and Nick Paul to replace the injured David Dziurzynski and the demoted Max McCormick. Craig Anderson will start, here are the lines.
Hoffman - Zibanejad - Ryan
Smith - Pageau - Stone
Prince - Lazar - Chiasson
Dzingel - Paul - Neil
Methot - Karlsson
Borowiecki - Ceci
Wiercioch - Wideman
Some notes for tonight:
- Karlsson heads into tonight's game tied for third in the NHL in points. A defenceman hasn't finished in the top 5 in the NHL scoring race since Paul Coffey in 1985-1986. A defenceman hasn't finished in the top five while leading his team in scoring since Bobby Orr in 1974-1975.
- Karlsson's 44 assists have him tied with Patrick Kane for the NHL lead. Karlsson also has a game in hand.
- Mike Hoffman is on pace for 37 goals. A 35-goal season before negotiating a new contract is looking like being a real possibility.
- Karlsson played 27:14 against Edmonton. That was the first time he played less than 28 minutes in almost two months. The last time he was under 28 minutes was 24:57 against the Kings on 14 December.
- Mark Stone has a goal in consecutive games after going without a point in eight straight games. The five shots on goal against Edmonton were a season high. The previous highest were the four shots on goal on 28 November and 1 December.
- Among the 29 goalies with 25 or more games played this season. Craig Anderson is now 23rd in save percentage. James Reimer is first among the same group.
- Aside from Karlsson, only Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Chris Neil and Mark Borowiecki have played every game this season.
- The Senators have given up five goals or more in five of their last 10 games.
- Ottawa is now dead last in both shots allowed as well as goals allowed per game. Goaltending is no longer keeping them afloat.
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||23||Leo Komarov||17|
|Assists||Erik Karlsson||44||Tyler Bozak||21|
|Points||Erik Karlsson||55||Leo Komarov||33|
|Shots||Erik Karlsson||152||Nazem Kadri||187|
|Average Ice time||Erik Karlsson||28:53||Matt Hunwick||22:33|
|Event, Score and venue adjusted Corsi %||46.5%||27th||49.7%||19th|
|Event, Score and venue adjusted Fenwick %||45.8%||29th||49.0%||20th|