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Game 13 Preview: Detroit Red Wings @ Ottawa Senators

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Here’s hoping for a quick bounce back

NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Well, I think we can all admit the Senators found quite a way to earn their second regulation loss of the season. An 8-3 shellacking by the slumping Montreal Canadiens was not pretty. We’ve had two empty days to stew over the loss, but now things are back up and running against the Red Wings.

It’s not clear exactly who or what to expect tonight. Kyle Turris should be back from the flu, Mark Borowiecki is out with “not the flu”, and Dion Phaneuf missed practice but should be good to go. Craig Anderson gets the start after a rare flub of a game on Monday. Here are the projected lines, via the official account:

Smith - Turris - Dzingel
Pyatt - Brassard - Stone
Hoffman - Pageau - DiDomenico
Burrows - Thompson - Rodewald

Oduya - Karlsson
Phaneuf - Ceci
Claesson - Wideman

Anderson (starter)
Condon

Some thoughts:

  • I know Erik Karlsson was a -6 last game, but did anyone think that Johnny Oduya looked like a capable partner for him? I’m not hating on Oduya, I just don’t think he can keep up with EK’s top-line minutes
  • Karlsson’s -6 was only the second time in the past six seasons that’s happened
  • Never thought I’d say this, but this lineup could use some Mark Borowiecki
  • At the very least, I’d like to see Fredrik Claesson get some more time with the captain
  • I get that Boucher likes spreading out his talent, but I really think I’d rather see Hoffman move up to Brassard’s wing than Pyatt. Pyatt-Pageau-Thompson had been growing on me as a combo, but for whatever reason, Hoffman-Pageau is the chemistry the coach just can’t split up
  • That 8-3 game dropped the Sens from 8th to 20th in the league in goals allowed per game
  • Detroit comes in on a two-game win streak, but that streak broke a six-game losing streak. This team doesn’t look great
  • Jimmy Howard should start, furthering Petr Mrazek’s fall from grace. Maybe they’d be interested in a new-and-improved Andrew Hammond?
  • Mike Green has turned the clock back a decade, with 11 points in his first 13 games, behind only Dylan Larkin on the team

Below are some stats for tonight’s games. As always, all stats via NHL.com except Corsi/Fenwick from NaturalStatTrick.com:

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