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Game 15 Preview, Ottawa Senators @ Colorado Avalanche

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It’s game one of the Swedish back-to-back, with the Avs getting the home team role today

NHL: Ottawa Senators at Colorado Avalanche
Wrong side of the dot, Matt
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It’s been almost a week, but it’s time for the Swedish adventure to finally get to the games!

There were no line rushes from the morning skate, but here is a best guess based on what they were doing earlier in the week.

Dzingel-Brassard-Stone
Smith-Duchene-Hoffman
Pyatt-Pageau-Burrows
DiDomenico-Thompson

Claesson-Karlsson
Oduya-Phaneuf
Wideman/Harpur-Ceci

Anderson (Starter)
Condon

Here are some notes for tonight:

  • We’ve been waiting for it all week, but today could be the season debut of Nick Paul
  • Boucher may go with 11 & 7 though, in which case it’s Ben Harpur in instead of Nick Paul
  • The Paul vs Harpur issue will be decided after the warm-ups, but it sounds like they’re leaning towards Harpur
  • Oh yeah, Matt Duchene! He skated between Smith and Hoffman earlier this week, so that’s the best guess of who he starts with
  • Anybody else very excited by the prospect of Duchene and Hoffman together?
  • The 5 days off have dropped the Sens back to the bubble in terms of points, with the two wild card teams actually having more points than Ottawa. They’ve got games in hand, but have to take advantage of them for that to matter
  • The time off also dropped Erik Karlsson from 5th to 9th in D scoring. The rest of the top 10 have played 4+ games more than EK
  • It’s a 2pm Eastern puck drop today

Here are some stats tonight from NHL.com and Natural Stat Trick:

Team Stats

Category Ottawa Senators Washington Capitals
Category Ottawa Senators Washington Capitals
-- Value Rank Value Rank
Goals/GP 3.21 9th 2.73 23rd
Goals against/GP 3.05 19th 3.18 23rd
Shots/GP 30.9 18th 29.3 28th
Shots against/GP 29.7 4th 32.8 24th
Corsi (5v5, Score & Venue Adjusted) 48.15 22nd 47.48 25th
Fenwick (5v5, SVA) 50.29 14th 46.20 28th

Player Stats

Ottawa Senators Boston Bruins
Ottawa Senators Boston Bruins
-- Player # Player #
Goals Matt Duchene 27 Brad Marchand 34
Assists Erik Karlsson (out) 53 Brad Marchand 51
Points Karlsson/Stone (both out) 62 Brad Marchand 85
Shots Mike Hoffman 253 David Pastrnak 236
TOI/GP Erik Karlsson (out) 26:44 Zdeno Chara 22:53