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Game 7 Preview: New Jersey Devils @ Ottawa Senators

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Ottawa Senators v New Jersey Devils Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images

If you’d told me before the season started that the Senators would be sixth in the east after six games, I probably would’ve taken it. If you’d told me the Devils would’ve been one of those teams ahead of them, I would laughed in your face. But here we are, with the 3-1-2 Sens hosting the 5-1-0 Devils.

Here are the projected lines for tonight:

Ryan - Brassard - Stone
Smith - Turris - Dzingel
Hoffman - Pageau - Pyatt
Burrows - Thompson - Brown

Phaneuf - Karlsson
Oduya - Ceci
Claesson - Wideman

Anderson (starter)
Condon

Some thoughts, but not very many, since it’s almost game time:

  • Logan Brown gets into his second game tonight. Let’s see if he can play more than 10 minutes
  • Erik Karlsson showed very little rust last game. Let’s see if he passes 25 minutes tonight
  • It’s interesting to me that Boucher keeps starting Craig Anderson. I’m not bothered by it, I just assumed he would’ve liked to see more out of his backup early in the season
  • The league’s third-best offence meets the league’s second-best defence tonight. It’s weird seeing New Jersey as a high-scoring team
  • The Devils’ ice-time leader is Steven Santini, who I have never heard of in my life

Here are tonight’s stats, via NHL.com except Corsi/Fenwick from NaturalStatTrick.com:

Team Stats

Category Ottawa Senators Montreal Canadiens
Category Ottawa Senators Montreal Canadiens
-- Value Rank Value Rank
Goals/GP 3.64 5th 2.00 31st
Goals against/GP 2.64 8th 3.82 29th
Shots/GP 32.4 13th 38.8 1st
Shots against/GP 32.4 16th 31.2 9th
Corsi (5v5, Score & Venue Adjusted) 45.25 31st 52.52 6th
Fenwick (5v5, SVA) 48.53 20th 52.79 6th

Player Stats

Category Ottawa Senators Los Angeles Kings
Category Ottawa Senators Los Angeles Kings
-- Player # Player #
Goals Derick Brassard 6 Anze Kopitar 6
Assists Erik Karlsson/Bobby Ryan 6 Jake Muzzin/Dustin Brown 6
Points Derick Brassard 10 Dustin Brown/Anze Kopitar 11
Shots Mike Hoffman 36 Dustin Brown 32
TOI/GP Erik Karlsson 24:36 Drew Doughty 25:21