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Game 24 Preview: Ottawa Senators @ New York Islanders

This is the Sens’ last chance to earn a win before the California trip

NHL: New York Islanders at Ottawa Senators Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

This is a rematch of last weekend’s game, when the losing streak was at a young five games. Now we’ve suffered through two more losses, and a win tonight probably isn’t expected, but would be appreciated.

Craig Anderson gets the nod over Mike Condon, while The Bloggers’ Choice (TM) Thomas Chabot will replace Ben Harpur. I’ve enclosed the lines, and based on time on ice from last game, Boucher mostly stuck to these forward lines:

(Edit: turns out Boucher is going to play Ryan-Brassard-Stone and Hoffman-Duchene-Smith)

Smith - Brassard - Ryan
Hoffman - Duchene - Stone
Dzingel - Pageau - Pyatt
Burrows - Thompson - Dumont

Oduya - Karlsson
Phaneuf - Ceci
Chabot - Claesson

Anderson (starter)

Some thoughts:

  • Zack Smith may have gone 19 games without a goal (dating back to Game 3 of Round 3 of the playoffs), but he sure looked like he wanted one last game with five shots on goal and a crossbar. He was rewarded with 20 minutes, and if he keeps playing like that, I’d like to see him stay in the top six
  • Meanwhile Alexandre Burrows has been below 11 minutes two games in a row, recording a single shot in that time. He didn’t record a single shot in the Canadiens game, despite 2:22 on the powerplay as the net-front guy. He also straight-up blocked a shot while in that position. I’d really like to see Mark Stone move back to that spot, since he can, you know, follow the play and handle the puck
  • Each of the last two games has gone downhill after Boucher decided to start Dion Phaneuf and Cody Ceci in the defensive zone against the opposition’s top line, only to see Ottawa hemmed in their own zone for way too long after losing the draw
  • Boucher doesn’t seem to see an issue with that though:
  • If Erik Karlsson doesn’t get a point tonight, he’ll tie his career-high pointless streak with eight games in a row. Seven games without a point... Sens are 0-6-1 in that span... * insert thinking emoji *....

Here are the stats for the two teams entering tonight:

Team Stats

Category Ottawa Senators Boston Bruins
Category Ottawa Senators Boston Bruins
-- Value Rank Value Rank
Goals/GP 2.68 25th 3.25 6th
Goals against/GP 3.44 30th 2.56 3rd
Shots/GP 30.7 24th 32.8 11th
Shots against/GP 33.0 25th 29.3 2nd
Powerplay % 16.7 26th 23.5 4th
Penalty Kill % 76.2 27th 83.3 4th
Corsi (5v5, Score & Venue Adjusted) 46.32 29th 53.97 2nd
Fenwick (5v5, SVA) 46.94 27th 54.01 1st

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